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Toots & The Maytals Announce UK Shows

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The legendary Toots and The Maytals will tour the UK in August and September.

Toots has been absent from the stage for almost three years after suffering a head injury caused by a drunk fan throwing a glass bottle during a festival performance in Richmond, Virginia in May 2013. After intensive medical therapy, Toots has been cleared by his doctor to resume touring in 2016.

“It has been a difficult three years,” said Toots. “But I am very happy to be able to now get back together with my musical family and prepare to share my music once again with my incredible fans.”

The Uk tour will be proceeded by August festival appearances at The Big Feastival and Madness presents House of Common. Toots and The Maytals’ eight-date tour will start at Bristol’s Motion venue on Wednesday, 31st August, and end on Saturday, 10th September at Manchester Academy.

Led by the charismatic ‘Toots’ Hibbert, The Maytals formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961. ‘Toots’ popularised the reggae sound with hits such as ‘Do The Reggay’ (widely acknowledged as the first song ever to feature the word ‘Reggae’), ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘54-46 (That's My Number)’, ‘Sweet and Dandy’, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Funky Kingston’ and ‘Reggae Got Soul’.

Over the last five decades, ‘Toots’ has influenced countless artists, including The Specials, The Clash and Amy Winehouse, and has toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.

A five time Grammy nominee, Toots & The Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with True Love. The album featured re-recorded classic hits alongside popular and legendary artists including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots and Shaggy.

This return to the stage by one of the greats of ska, reggae and rocksteady is being greatly anticipated by Toots’ countless fans here, who rightly regard Toots as a living legend. It is four years since Toots and the Maytals played shows in the UK.

UK tour dates:

Wednesday, 31st August Bristol Motion
Thursday, 1st September Cardiff Tramshed
Friday, 2nd September Brighton Dome
Tuesday, 6th September Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
Wednesday, 7th September Norwich UEA
Thursday, 8th September Nottingham Rock City
Friday, 9th September Newcastle The Boiler Room
Saturday, 10th September Manchester Academy
Festival links:
The Big Feastival: http://thebigfeastival.com/
Madness presents House of Common: http://www.madness.co.uk/houseofcommon/
Words SIMON REDLEY

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