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Laid Blak

Laid Blak

Laid Blak represent the quintessential Bristol music story, formed from the partnership of Bristol producer DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, two legends of the rave and proto Jungle scenes, the pair spent the 90’s causing havoc on dance floors in the biggest raves around the country, performing for the era defining party brands and popping up on all the essential tape packs.

Building on their successful rave wrecking partnership, the pair began to look for a new musical direction and like many of Bristol’s most loved musical exports, they drew inspiration from the melting pot that is Bristol music, which of course has Reggae and Soundsystem culture at its core. What began as a studio project, found them seeking out some of the most impressive musicians the city has to offer and Laid Blak was formed.

On their journey to becoming one of Bristol’s most exciting and loved live bands, the duo brought in an array of talented musicians to complement and augment their ideas. Including Lupo on bass, Stacy on drums, Scotty on the guitar, Ras on keys and Tita on supporting vocals.

The Laid Blak sound takes massive inspiration from ska and reggae, but has often been described as ‘street soul’. The influences are broad and represent sounds that define the eclecticness of Bristol music, from reggae, to dancehall, soul, hip hop, funk and jazz, whilst of course never forgetting their jungle heritage. It’s all in the blend and the results is a fun filled sunshine dance music that keeps your feet moving and your face smiling.

As live performers Laid Blak are a phenomenon, one reviewer went as far as to describe them as ‘the essential festival band’. No one ever forgets a Laid Blak performance, the charisma of the vocalists and the musical dexterity of the band leave a lasting impression. Winning over even the most cynical of punter and making them shock-out on the dancefloor.

“It’s thoughtful soul-influenced reggae – quite original in the UK context” – ReggaeMusic.org.uk

“you could hear great vibes, energy and gravitation of hordes of festival-goers” – Rockshot Magazine

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Owen Branes
2021-08-19
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Always helpful and happy to work around any specific issues our end. Nothing is too much trouble date movement due to covid etc etc .
Edgar Coate
2021-08-11
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Amazing roster I've known Midnight Mango since the days when John Smith was an upcoming artist and their roster is now even more amazing and their professionalism is unmatched. Saw some amazing acts at Beautiful Days and Funke and the Two Tone Baby rocked the Bimble Inn with a bouncing crowd.
David Francis
2021-08-11
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Ash
2021-08-10
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Big Up Midnight Mango! Pip has been a pleasure to deal with, prompt and friendly. We're big fans of so much of Midnight Mango's roster and would not hesitate to look to book further artists for our future events.
Moya Taylor
2021-07-30
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Really helpful with finding us fantastic artists at short notice. Will definitely use them again! Chickenstock Music Festival
Keith
2021-07-22
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Exactly as described and a very fine listen.
Ronnie McGrath
2021-07-15
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Excellent company to deal with. Straightforward, concise and totally professional. Without hesitation,I would definitely recommend to anyone that's interested in putting on live music events, to contact this company.
Sarah Nelsey
2021-07-14
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Mike
2021-06-29
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Nick Thompson
2021-06-23
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Prompt responses Prompt response, gig sorted very quickly. Thanks Conrad.