Freedom Sounds Christmas Ball
Saturday, 16. 12. 2023
Natty Bo & The Top Cats (London)
Slightly Rude (Cologne)
Afterwards Ska, Reggae & Soul Party
The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Freedom Sounds Festival will come to an end with a Ska Special at the Christmas Ball: With Natty Bo & The Top Cats and Akatz, two heavyweights of the European Ska scene are expected, each exclusively in Germany!
"Authentic Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae from South London" promises the all-star band around the bon vivant and bird of paradise Natty Bo, who enjoys a legendary reputation as DJ, performer and frontman (among others also of Ska Cubano or Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm). He founded the Top Cats in 1996 and gathered many exceptional musicians from Brixton around him - such as Robin Hopcraft (Soothsayers), Trevor Edwards (Jazz Warriors, Redskins, Lilly Allen) or the Japanese saxophonist Megumi "Miss Megoo" Mesaku.
In 2016, Akatz from the Basque country performed for the first time ever in Germany, at the Freedom Sounds Festival in Gebäude 9. Although completely unknown in this country until then, the troupe from Bilbao immediately swept the hall along with their very melodic, danceable and super tight sound. The many newly won fans then had to wait seven long years. But now the time has finally come: On the occasion of the band's 30th anniversary, Akatz will present us with a performance at the Christmas Ball.
The evening will be opened by the young band Slightly Rude from Cologne, playing dubby reggae and ska with Latin American touches.
At the party afterwards, Natty Bo will put some of his infamous Ska, Jump Blues, Early Reggae slices on the plate - reverently supported by the Freedom Sounds DJ crew. It's going to be Christmasy, wild and wonderful!
Admission: 25 € (plus fees) in VVK, 30 € at the box office.
25€ VVK plus fees