First UK gig for reggae outfit NEW KINGSTON!


NEW KINGSTON

NEW KINGSTON

NEW KINGSTON play Brighton with THE SKINTS 26/09 @Concorde2. They have proven to be road warriors as well, playing over 100 dates per year!

NEW KINGSTON play Brighton @Concorde2

NYC REGGAE TRIO ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES. NEW KINGSTON, the Brooklyn-based progressive reggae group, have confirmed details of their upcoming album A Kingston Story: Come From Far, due out August 25th, on maverick indie imprint Easy Star Records.

This marks the band’s fourth studio album and follows their 2015 breakthrough release Kingston City (on Easy Star), which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart followed by international touring and critical praise from tastemakers including Yahoo! Music and Sirius XM. The album is available for pre-order now and comes with an instant download of the first single.

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New Kingston’s journey formally began in 2006, when three brothers – Tahir (keys/vocals), Courtney Jr. (drums/vocals), and Stephen – debuted as a band, following years of learning to play music together in their family basement. This band of brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., dubbed themselves New Kingston, to appropriately reflect the combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in New York City. The fusion of these two identities, both their cultural roots and their current home, guides their musical and stylistic direction.

A Kingston Story: Come From Far takes the theme of the first single and stretches the concept across an entire record, and the result is the band’s most personal work to date.  Since forming, New Kingston have proven to be road warriors as well, playing over 100 dates per year, gaining a reputation for killer live performances. The new record is the band’s first to truly capture some of the stage energy in the studio, which makes the band excited to bring the songs out on to the road.

The Set

A first time out for these guys in the UK. And what a privilege to be at their first show! It was hot in Concorde 2, and it was smokey in there (smoke machine!). New Kingston had drawn quite a crowd, which continued to grow throughout their set. We knew we were listening to something special.

New Kingston gave us a 40 minute set of top tunes. A strong heady reggae sound mixed in with some SKA and at times some rock guitar. This was all fused into a damn fine cocktail of sound. The guys looked as if they were having a party up there and we were all invited. Courtney at the back hitting some serious rhythms and moves. Some inspired keyboard playing from Tahir. Steve pouring out guitar and vocals didnt stop for the entire set. The man on bass Courtney Sr looked as if he was in his element. Some fine playing from him.

Courtney stepped out from the kit and headed center stage to introduce the band, and his dad! Fabulous!

These guys are a class act, with a terrific album. Go see them play and party down with New Kingston. Would I go see them again? Oh yes – just try and stop me. They are a great, friendly bunch and great to meet up after. Steve was in his element “whats not to like, this is the first night! Love Brighton. Make sure you send us some pics!” – I told Steve that they had created quite a buzz – with people who had seen the set telling the late arrivals behind them that they had missed a great set and a great band. Steve was thrilled to hear that feedback. Job done Steve – hope you like the pics! And a pleasure to meet you – thank you for your time.

A video!

Well done to Concorde 2, another fine night – the lighting and sound was great. Also hats off to LOUT promotions – support them to keep music live!

A Kingston Story: Come From Far

A Kingston Story: Come From Far

New Kingston were guests of The Skints. New Kingston came out and joined The Skints for the show finale – check it out here!

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