One Love Festival Chigwell

· One Love Festival






UK Reggae A Bright Future

Friday 2nd –Sunday  4th September

Hainault Forest Country Park,

Fox Burrow Road, Chigwell, London IG7 4QN

I have the greatest pleasure today in announcing that One Love Festival after a huge amount of work and collaboration has finally secured a permanent premises license to host the annual Reggae Festival in Hainault Forest Country Park, turning Hainault into the new Capital for Reggae and Culture for the UK and Europe - finally securing a home for our foreseeable future. We moved to this perfect venue Hainault Country Park back in 2010 and 2011 unfortunately the Park was taken over by the Army in 2012 as a barracks when it had to step in for G4S during the London Olympics. We had four other venues since and every year we’ve asked to return to Hainault. It’s taken four years to reinstate the land as an event venue and finally this year they agreed to our request – and we can’t wait to welcome you all back …

Headliners LEE ‘SCRATCH” PERRY, JUNIOR REID, BIG YOUTH, HALF PINT, MAX ROMEO, TAPPA ZUKIE, KABAKA PYRAMID & JAH9, will be Joining Gaudi, Macka B, Brinsley ‘Aswad’ Forde, Mad Professor, King Addis Sound, Natty, Sister Nancy, Ikong and many, many more over 4 stages including the biggest Sound System Clash in the World.

Battle of the Dubplates:

Since 2013 One Love has been hosting the famous Battle of the Dubplates - the winning sound each year receives the Championship Cup and this years Battle is looking to be what history is made of.

Our search for a new Champion Sound has taking us onto a fantastic journey of British Sound System Culture – our line up is drawn from the Foundation Sound Systems that started in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Our search has taken us to the length and breath of the Country from all corners of the UK  – and we are so very pleased to announce Sound System Legends for the very first time coming together in one arena a battle of epic proportions to win The Battle of The Dubplates 2016 –

Coxsone Sound – London, Java Nuclear Power – London, Stereophonic Sound – Manchester

Qualitex Sound – Bristol, Lord Gelly – London, Love Express – Birmingham

Mackabee – Coventry, GI Roadshow – London

Who will win – only the public can decide


1st Round: duration 15mins – none elimination * anything goes

2nd Round – Elimination Round *15 mins one sound goes out

3rd Round Vocals dubs, only – no Dj songs – duration 10mins – one sound eliminated –

4th Round 2 tunes – one for one  if time is left the winner plays rest time left –

Pls note sounds get eliminated by crowd / patrons (crowd is judge)

No playback or repeating tunes

Who will win this year Battle of Dubplates and come away with the Championship Cup? ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE!!!

Sound System History:

The sound system concept first became popular in the 1950s, in the ghettos of Kingston. DJs would load up a truck with a generator, turntables, and huge speakers and set up street parties. An important part of sound system culture is the sound clash, an organized battle between two or more systems. The culture of the Sound System was brought to the UK with the mass immigration of Jamaicans in the 1960s and 70's