Preston's Caribbean Carnival is getting 'back on de road' with a gig from reggae royalty

Preston's famous Caribbean Carnival has landed reggae royalty to headline its show on Moor Park this year.

By Brian Ellis
Monday, 14th February 2022, 9:28 am

Double Grammy Awards nominee Luciano will top the bill at the One Park Living Legends gig on Saturday May 28.

The show, which runs from noon until 9pm, will also feature a long list of other top performers in a quality line-up to celebrate the Carnival being "back on de road" after two years suspended due to the pandemic.

The One Park event will be a vibrant opener for the Carnival procession through the streets of Preston on the Sunday.

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Luciano will be headlining at the One Park Living Legends gig.

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A spokesperson said: This is the first time we have put on such a big event and Luciano is a real coup for us.

"Whenever he appears in England it is normally to a sell-out audience."

Landing Luciano is a 'coup' say Carnival committee.

Luciano has reigned as the king of "conscious" reggae music for the past two decades. Jamaican-born he was influenced by reggae icons like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown.

He has released and collaborated in more than 40 albums, two of which - A New Day and Zion Awake - were nominated in the Best Reggae Album category in the Grammy Awards 2002 and 2016 respectively.

Luciano will be doing a full set with The Mafia and Fluxy Band. Other performers on the day will include Tippa Irie, Little Roy, Yvonne Curtis, Jahfet, Zamaica and Channel One Sound System.

"This is our major fundraiser for the Carnival," added the spokesperson.

London-based singer and DJ Tippa Irie is also on the bill.

"After two years without events we are hoping for a full house and that the community show their support for Carnival."

The event on Moor Park will be ticket only. An adult day ticket costs £20 (plus a booking fee of £2.25).

Teenagers (12-17) cost £6 but can only be booked with an adult ticket and must be accompanied on the day by an adult. Children are free.

Some tickets are also available direct from Preston Caribbean Carnival at £20 each.

There will be food stalls, children's activities and a licensed bar.

Any traders wishing to sell food or merchandise should contact the Caribbean Carnival direct to apply for a pitch.

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