Asian Dub Foundation to play one-off DJ set at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
London punk, ragga and bhangra band play at Summerhall venue with support from Soom T and LSK
This article is from 2014.
’The word ‘political’, it’s been a bit of a millstone,’ says Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ Savale of the Hackney-formed Asian Dub Foundation, for twenty years a group who have fused a social consciousness to a melting pot of Great British street sounds, from punk to dub to UK rap and bhangra. ‘We just sing about what we wanna sing about, the only difference is we’re not concerned about ‘demographics’ or ‘brand identities’. Music isn’t a lifestyle accessory.
The group’s commercial peak came in 1998, as the hard-edged anti-racism of their second album Rafi’s Revenge won them a Mercury nomination and support from the likes of Primal Scream, but their lack of mainstream profile in recent years belies the success they still enjoy on other shores. Earlier this year they headlined a stage at Poland’s Exit festival, their new live score to George Lucas’ debut film THX-1138 will premiere in New York soon and their forthcoming album The Signal and the Noise has already been released in Japan.
With support from Glasgow’s Soom T and Faithless singer LSK, these live shows with DJ afterparties will bridge the gap between Scotland’s two big non-political events of the year. ‘It’s perfect for us,’ says Savale. ‘We’re big fans of common wealth and we’re a fringe group.’
Liquid Room, 225 2564, 2 Aug, 6.30pm, £15; Summerhall, 560 1581, 2 Aug, 11pm, £10 (£8); ADF also play a gig and aftershow club at ABC, Glasgow, Fri 1 Aug.