March 30, 2023

My best ever line up, playing my best ever shows …” JAH WOBBLE

The legendary and groundbreaking JAH WOBBLE has announced extensive touring plans for this year. The dates revolve around a number of Metal Box Rebuilt In Dub shows which rework the second Public Image Limited album Metal Box with additional tracks from the debut album First Issue. The Metal Box dates feature Jon Klein, ex-guitarist with Siouxsie & The Banshees.

Jah Wobble was born John Wardle in 1958 and is an English bassist, singer and composer. He began his music career as founding member of PiL in 1978 with Keith Levene and former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon and quickly became known for his distinctive bass style, combining elements of dub, funk and world music. During his time with PiL, Wobble played on some of the band’s most acclaimed albums, including Metal Box and First Issue, and collaborated with Keith Levene and Martin Atkins on a number of side projects.

In 1980 Wobble left PiL to pursue a solo career, releasing his debut album The Legend Lives On…Jah Wobble In Betrayal that same year, followed by a string of acclaimed solo albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His solo work continued to showcase his unique style alongside his interest in world music, particularly African and Middle Eastern music. He has also collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Brian Eno, Bjork and Sinead O’Connor, and formed several bands, including Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart and Jan Wobble & The Chinese Dub Orchestra. His music has been and remains highly influential, particularly in the areas of dub and world music, and his innovative playing style and ability to blend diverse musical styles into a cohesive whole continue to receive accolades.

Wobble is also a prolific writer, having published books on music, politics and spirituality, and is renowned for his interest in Eastern philosophy having written extensively on the subject. He remains a highly influential musician and artist who has made a significant impact on the world of music and beyond, making him a truly original and important figure in the history of music. He has stories to tell and recounts them with charm, with humour and with honesty. His latest solo album, The Bus Routes Of South London, was written and recorded on buses in South London. Of course it was.

Legendary hardly begins to cover it …

APRIL
Fri 28 MAIDSTONE Studio 6

MAY
Fri 05 NEWTON ABBOTT The Lucky 7 Club
Sat 06 FROME Cheese & Grain
Sun 07 BRIGHTON Festival (METAL BOX)
Sat 27 OLDHAM Strummercamp

JUNE
Tue 06 KENDAL Brewery
Fri 09 BELFAST Ulster Sports Club
Sat 10 DUBLIN The Grand Social

JULY
Sat 15 LIVERPOOL Tung Auditorium (CHINESE DUB)

OCTOBER
Wed 25 EXETER Phoenix (METAL BOX)
Thu 26 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (METAL BOX)
Fri 27 SOUTHAMPTON 1865
Sat 28 BARTON ON HUMBER The Ropewalk

NOVEMBER
Wed 01 SUDBURY The Quay Theatre
Thu 02 TUNBRIDGE WELLS The Forum
Fri 03 WORTHING The Venue
Sat 04 LONDON Camden Forge
Wed 08 DEAL Lighthouse
Thu 09 NORWICH Epic (METAL BOX)
Fri 10 GUILDFORD Holroyd Arms (METAL BOX)
Sat 11 MILTON KEYNES MK 11
Wed 15 GLASGOW St Lukes (METAL BOX)
Thu 16 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (METAL BOX)
Thu 23 MANCHESTER Blues Kitchen
Fri 24 LEEDS The Wardrobe

DECEMBER
Fri 01 TRURO The Old Bakery (METAL BOX)
Sat 02 CARDIFF The Globe
Thu 07 ORMSKIRK Edgehill University Arts Centre
Sat 09 BRISTOL Thekla (METAL BOX)