Black Seeds confirmed for King Beats

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Headliners: The Black Seeds PICTURE: MARK RUSSELL/TRX

The Black Seeds are booked to headline Kingston’s King Beats festival.

In a huge coup for the fledgling festival, the genre-spanning Kiwi act has agreed to play this coming February.

It will only be the fourth year King Beats has run, but it’s already donated $30,000 to charity.

Organiser Brendan Mulcahy says its main goal is to support good causes, through a community event with a carnival feel for all ages.

Black Seeds guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir says: “I do love a community feel – it doesn’t have to be a massive production for us, we’re just really keen to get involved.

“We love playing anywhere, big or small.”

Described by Clash Magazine as “one of the best live reggae acts on the planet”, Weir says they’ll bring the full band and play both the old favourites and new tunes.

“We’re a good band for festivals, around sunset, before things get a little bit loose.

“We’ve shown with a broad mix of people, we can get them all together, get them going.

“We have a range of genres under The Black Seeds, a history, and some sentimentality to people, to their lives, songs they remember.”

The band’s sound layers funk, soul, Afrobeat, and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundations.

The festival’s donated $4000 to KidsCan Charity each year and last year it also gave $5000 to Garston Primary School and $4000 to Happiness House.

The capacity in 2019 will be about 1500.

Mulcahy, a builder by trade, says: “We’ve been building it up over the last few years and now have enough to cover the costs and have some profit to donate.

“It’s exciting stuff.

“If we can sell out it’ll be an absolute dream, then we can build it from there each year.

“Everything has fallen into place and the farmer, Tim Taylor, is amazing. He’s all about giving back to the community.”

Bands Danger W@nk and Repulsultra will also play, along with DJs Hippiecrit, Ticker, Phatkat and BPM.

The festival has camping on-site, included in the $70 ticket price, and children aged up to 12 are free.

Tickets go on sale at 9am today through TheTicketFairy.com.