Bank Holiday Sunday saw Lee Scratch Perry perform a mesmerizing dub and reggae set to open Portland House, a brand new live music venue in Cardiff Bay.

The reggae legend performed for well over an hour and a half to a near capacity crowd who enjoyed a full spectrum of Caribbean influenced music across an evening that saw support from Stephen Russell and Nakisha Esnard.

Stephen Russell suitably opened proceedings with the Bob Marley classic Redemption Song before playing a set of chilled acoustic covers to set the mood for what would be a special opening night of live music.  

After Russell finished his set Nakisha Esnard, armed with her ukelele and band of a double bassist and keyboardist, belted out her incredible vocals to a set of original material.

Just after 10pm, the Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry band jammed an incredible reggae opener before giving an illustrious introduction to the ‘original Upsetter’ himself who took to the stage in his usual attire of glittering reflective pendants and delayed utterings of “hello!”

Events promoter Jack Feeney said: “We couldn’t be happier with the response of the music fans we’ve had attend our opening show tonight.”

“I want to thank all of the performers and events staff for putting on such a great show that finally christened Portland House as a live music venue”.

The next live music event will be on June 3rd with Arcade Fire arranger Owen Pallett.

 

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