Son of music legend Marley to headline city reggae concert

THE son of reggae legend Bob Marley has been confirmed as the headline performer at this year's Leeds Reggae Concert.

Julian Marley, whose father is arguably the most famous reggae artist of all time, will lead the line-up of acts at the UK's biggest free black music event to be held at Potternewton Park, in Leeds, on Sunday.

The 35-year-old British-born reggae star will be performing hits from his latest album Awake which won album of the year in the International Reggae and World Music Awards, in New York, in May, and was also nominated for best reggae album in the Grammy Awards.

Also appearing will be American singer and producer Horace Brown, who has worked with a host of famous rappers and R & B stars in his career including Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Mary J Blige and Faith Evans.

The free event, organised by the Leeds Reggae Concert Committee and Leeds City Council, is now in its 24th year and 25,000 people are expected to attend.

As well as the headline acts, the Unity Housing Association Stage, will also host a variety of other UK performers celebrating a wide range of musical genres including gospel star Roger Samuels and reggae veterans Black Slate.

Local Leeds talent will also be given its chance to shine, those performing including Congolese group the Innovation Band, reggae acts Root One Band and Tuff E Nuff and soul outfit The Moves.

This year's concert will also feature a big screen showing the event in addition to the usual range of stalls and a wide variety of refreshments available.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Coun Adam Ogilvie said: "The Leeds Reggae Concert is a wonderful annual event and the organisers have again been able to attract a great line-up of performers to attend this year so we look forward to another great day out and thousands of people enjoying the free show at Potternewton Park."

Leeds Reggae Concert Committee founder member Red Rose said: "I am so excited about this year's event, the range of music that will be performed is amazing. We have a bit of something for everyone which promises to make it the best Leeds Reggae Concert ever."

The event begins at 12 noon and is free to attend.