Celtic Rasta, described as “the seven piece roots reggae-dub act” from Northamptonshire, will be looking to rip-up BoomTown Fair this year says singer and musician, Jessica Anslow.
Rasta are known for blending melodic soulful harmony’s with uplifting powerful live performances. Their music will deliver a deep spiritual message whilst making your soul dance to the beat . After a successful year on the festival circuit in 2011, Celtic Rasta have spoken to Brig and they will be dropping some reggae your way this year at BoomTown 2012.
Iain: What has the band been up to in 2012 so far, any gigs, mini tours or any other musical madness?
Jessica: So far this year we have been two members down, as they have been having a wonderful time in India, but we have still been gigging without them. We played a few gigs in our local area, a few weddings coming up, and a mini festival, which will be awesome. We’ve just been spending most of our time in the studio writing new material for the summer season.
I: What are you and the band looking forward to at BoomTown Fair this year?
J: We can’t wait for BoomTown! It’s our first time playing there but a few of us have been there before. We can’t wait to see Alborosie and Jah shaka! We’ve been going to dub sessions for a number of years and Shaka’s sets are always heavy. I’m just really looking forward to hearing some Dub, lots of new music and finding new artists and of course playing! We are so excited and it will be fun playing to a new crowd, it’s always a buzz.
I: Do you think you will get a good reception from the festival goers?
J: I’m sure we will! We promise to bring soulful, melodic sounds and good vibes with us to our stage. We are playing in The Hidden Woods, so it will be the perfect setting for our style of music.
I: What’s the biggest event/gig/festival you and the band have done?
J: The biggest gig we have ever played would be between Shamabla last year, on the Chai Wallah stage, Sunrise Celebration, also a highlight for us all, and at a local festival in my town, Northampton, called the Umbrella Fair. It’s an awesome little festival and we were really buzzing by the time we got on the stage.
I: Have you done BoomTown before?
J: This is our first time at BoomTown and we are really excited! It’s certainly going to be an experience.
I: What does the band like to do when not performing?
J: We spend a lot of our spare time together, we’re all really close friends and we were before we started playing as a band. We also all enjoy doing a variety of different things, like walking, being out in nature, going to sessions, festivals and meditation. There are a whole host of things that we enjoy doing.
I: There are many attractions at BoomTown, what are you looking forward to the most?
J: I think the main thing for us is the music, so many good acts on this year, looking forward to finding some peace in the Healing Fields. When we get onto the stage, we will give BoomTown something to shout about!
BoomTown Festival takes place on Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August, purchase tickets here: http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/boomtown-fair/10018485&wlid=3945