The son of reggae legend Bob Marley has been confirmed as the headline performer at this year’s Leeds Reggae Concert.
Julian Marley, whose father is arguably the most famous reggae artist of all time, will lead the line-up of acts at the UK’s biggest free black music event to be held at Potternewton Park in Leeds from 12 noon on Sunday 29th August.
The 35-year-old British-born reggae star will be performing hits from his latest album ‘Awake’ which won ‘Best Album of the Year’ in the International Reggae and World Music Awards in New York in May and was also nominated for ‘Best Reggae Album’ in the prestigious Grammy Awards.
"The main thing is that herb is a plant that was put here before mankind was put on Earth," reggae artist Julian Marley recently said in an interview with Island Stage. "So how can you say something planted naturally like a fruit [is illegal]?"
Like his legendary father, Bob Marley, Julian is devoted to the Rastafari way of life. And like his late father, the 38-year-old musician treats pot like a gift from God.
"For me, it is like a fruit," he continued. "So if God put something here, then I know I am supporting what God is supporting, and someone is fighting what God's doing... We fight for the right."
"Coming from the West, we don't hear much about how special Cairns is, but I know how big reggae is in Australia and New Zealand," Marley said.
"I look forward to finding out more about Cairns and its special vibes and bonding with the people." Julian said that while his legendary father passed away while he was quite young, he tried to carry his spirit with him until today.
Above all, Marley said he wanted to bring positive vibes to the people of Cairns for his first Far Northern show, supported by two of Australia's biggest champions of the reggae movement - Natalie Pa'apa'a, of Blue King Brown, and the Far North's own, Zenith performing in a special duo format.
"Reggae music is tailor-cut to uplift," he said.
"Spiritual upliftment with no divisions. 'Get Up Stand Up For Your Rights', because we are all equal.
Pushing positive messages is the perfect vehicle to get to the heartbeat of all people."
Intro: Julian requests a festival appearance
Julian Marley, son of the Legendary Bob Marley, has been confirmed to appear at London's One Love Festival.
Julian Marley approached the One Love Festival expressing his interest in performing at this year's event which celebrates his father's infamous 1978 One Love Concert. The One Love Festival Team have confirmed that Julian Marley will be playing an exclusive Saturday night set on the One Love Stage.
Julian Marley has been blessed by his father's great talent, from a young age music has been his life, at the age of five he cut his first demo tape, recording a version of his father's classic composition, 'Slave Driver', at the Marley family's Tuff Gong studio in Kingston. Since then Julian has devoted himself to a life in music, mastering a variety of instruments and writing songs that reflect his dedication to spiritual upliftment and social change.