David Bowie knew. David Bowie always knew. When he was asked by Vanity Fair a few years back to talk about his favourite 25 albums he got frothy and misty-eyed over Toots & The Maytals’ 1973 classic ‘Funky Kingston’: “I was living on a street off the quite gentrified Cheyne Walk in London, and for the first time I started getting complaints from neighbours about the volume I played my records at, the main culprit being this beauty, a fantastic and truly funky album.” One of the real legendary bands to come out of Jamaica, Toots & Co specialise in leaving audiences with huge, cartoon-like grins splashed right across their faces and any opportunity to see them live should NEVER be passed up. And if you’re partial to ska, dub and roots reggae then you should also know that Gentleman’s Dub Club will be having a huge party at the same venue – Boiler Shop in Newcastle – later on in October. Our verdict: see both!
Toots & The Maytals, Friday 12 October, 7pm, £29; Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Friday 26 October, 7.30pm, £15. Boiler Shop, 20 South Street, Newcastle. welovewhq.com