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BlackBud played this year's Glastonbury

BlackBud and Zion Train play Glastonbury Town Hall

Get ready for deep dub, dance floor beats, funk, blues and reggae in Glastonbury this December, as local band BlackBud and dub masters Zion Train play the Town Hall.

BlackBud and Zion Train
Start Date:10/12/2004
Telephone Number:01458 831554
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Genres:Live Music
Venue Name:Glastonbury Town Hall
Address:Magdalene Street

This will be the third time UK dub music pioneers, Zion Train have played in Glastonbury, whereas BlackBud are well on their way to superstardom since winning a Battle of the Bands competition here last year.


Local band BlackBud is made up of Joe (guitar and vox), Adam (bass) and Sam (drums).

Adam from BlackBud
Adam on the Avalon Stage at Glasto 2004

A fusion of funk, blues and reggae, their music has been described as "driving funk-blues with flowing songs of soulful introspection...unmissable" by Decode Magazine.

After winning two local Battle of the Bands competitions in Frome and Pilton, BlackBud played both on the Avalon Stage and in the New Band Tent at this year's Glastonbury.

We managed to catch up with them backstage at Glasto 2004. You can read and listen to them chatting about their win, and their Glasto experience, by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Since then, BlackBud haven't stopped. They signed a record deal earlier this year and played several festivals in the summer including Guilfest and Ashton Court.

Michael Eavis invited them to play at the Pilton Party in August alongside Keane, Elbow, The Subways and local band Death Before Dishonour.

They've also appeared several times on the BBC's digital radio station 6 Music, with both Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe, as well as on BBC Radio Bristol.

If that's not enough, more recently they've been playing with the likes of Pete Doherty's Babyshambles, and touring Spain with Hope of the States. Nice work, if you can get it!

Zion Train

Playing alternative and reggae, as well as dub, Zion Train's members are Perch (live dub mixing), Molara (voice), Tench, Cod (melodica), Hake (trumpet), and Forkbeard (trombone).

Zion Train
Dub music pioneers, Zion Train

They were formed in 1990 and have been a prolific group since then, producing everything from music to magazines, CD-ROMs to internet sites to sound systems.

Releasing the world's first promotional dub music video for their Get Ready single in 1995, they've continued to produce quality dub, electronic, experimental drum and space, and world dance music on their own Universal Egg label.

Zion Train also have two studios: one run by Perch in Cologne, Germany and one run by Cod in South Wales.

They've recorded eight albums in total, the most recent of which is Original Sounds of the Zion, released in 2002.

A mixture of melodic songs, dance floor beats and deep dub, this album is currently being remixed and is due out soon.

last updated: 01/12/05
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rich andover
zion rock , seen em too many times , still amazin , big up zion ...........

Jue, Bristol/Bath
I think Zion Train are amazin....First got to see em play at that little festival out in the sticks near Bath about 4 or 5 years ago? er, yeh, they certainly made me move...not exactly difficult tho (when the vibes are so good). Haven't got to see Blackbud as yet, but am working on it...looked out their website back early last year, as Moles site intro to em was encouraging, and I was well impressed with what I heard of the tracks that the computer 'agreed' to play....Gotta get to see em, next.....hence me finding this page...... Keep up this entertainment's good!

Well done the BBC for giving this gig a well deserved plug. I went to the others and have to say they have been some of the best gigs ever. Zion train really do know how to make the place rock, the heavy dub beats could be heard all over town. Amazing!

Toby the Prin
Fantastic line up... This will be well worth seeing! Zion Train's new album is very phatt.

Umm... surely Zion Train's album was either "released in 2002" or "is out soon", but it can't be both. (Ed: the album was originally released in 2002, but a remixed version of it is coming out soon!)

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