We will be playing some tunes, meeting people and signing copies of our new album ‘Dread Times’ at Banquet Records and Sound Knowledge. Come and say hello!

Tuesday 21 February 2017
BANQUET RECORDS, Kingston upon Thames
Dreadzone (Soundsystem)
Stage time 6pm followed by signing

Wednesday 22 February 2017
Dreadzone (Full Band)
Doors open 6.30pm
Stage time 7pm followed by signing


Our new album DREAD TIMES is coming out on 17 February 2017 and is available to pre-order now. Its being released on CD, Double Heavyweight Vinyl and Digital with SIGNED copies available from our store

Click HERE to pre-order your copy now from Townnsend or order from Recordstore HERE

Alongside core members Greg Dread, who produced this 12 track album, Leo Williams, Chris Compton, Earl 16 and Spee, Dread Times introduces younger blood into the mix. Newest member Bazil bringing an edge to the sonic process and Greg’s son Marlon expanding the musical range further. Don Letts also returns with lyrical contributions, as does Lena Cullen on vocals for one track, with 90s ragga duo Louchie Lou and Michie One guesting on another. Recorded again at Mick Jones’ Bunker Studio, arranged at Dread Central and mixed by fellow founder Tim Bran, this is classic West London Zone with an updated edge. Dread music for an unpredictable world, these are Dread Times.

After a busy summer of some great festivals and finishing up our new album (more news on that very soon) we now turn our attention to the Autumn tour which starts this week and takes in some fine venues around the UK, refreshing the parts we haven’t been to for a while. We are looking to preview some new tunes from our forthcoming 8th studio album and put some changes into the set list, so look out, the return of the dread coming to a town near you soon with all the t shirts, hoodies, cd and vinyl goodies all on board. Tunbridge Wells has already sold out, some more looking likely to, so get online and book your bounce to keep warm over the coming months! ALL TICKET LINKS ARE HERE

After a busy few months crafting our new album we are now gearing up for the festival season it is going to be a fun packed Summer which is looking good for festival bouncing, first up is GLASTONBURY on the brilliant Glade Stage on SUNDAY 26 JUNE at 17:20, from there we head to Readipop on the Saturday 9 July and then to Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival on Sunday 17 July. On Saturday 23 July we head to North-East Wales for Llangollen Fringe Festival, then the next day Sunday 24 July are at Deerstock in Nottinghamshire. AUGUST is a busy month for us, first up on Saturday 6th is VW Whitenoise near Thetford, then onto Farmer Phils Festival near Shrewsbury on Saturday 13th August. On Saturday 20th August we grace the stage of Beautiful Days in Devon then head straight off to play at Weyfest on Sunday 21 August in Farnham. Bank Holiday weekend we head off up north to play Solfest in Solway,Cumbria on Friday 26th August, then a quick jump over to Bedale in North Yorkshire for Great Northern Mod & Ska Festival on Saturday 27 and last show of August on Sunday 28 August we head down to West Somerset to perform at Watchet festival. Last shows for the festival season are Jersey Live on Sunday 4 September and then on Saturday 10 September to close the season we play at Undercover Festival in Brighton.


After another great summer of festival escapades the autumn tour looms large again with the latest update from the zone. A new (re issue) album is out now, ‘Sound’ our 4th album from 2001, with bonus tracks on digital, CD and double heavyweight vinyl will be available on our tour along with the return of the Sound t-shirt and sweatshirts from the merch plus other goodies! The tour will feature a fair few tracks from that album and a couple of surprises, see all tour dates below

Fri    23    DERBY     Flowerpot    TICKETS   
Sat     24     NORWICH    Waterfront    TICKETS   
Fri     30    WARWICK     Copper Rooms    TICKETS   
Sat     31     NARBERTH     Queens Hall    TICKETS   
Thu    12     CAMBRIDGE     Junction 2    TICKETS   
Fri     13     STOCKTON     KU Bar    TICKETS   
Sat    14    EDINBURGH    Electric Circus    TICKETS   
Sun    15    LEEDS     Brudenell Soical Club    TICKETS   
Fri    20     BRISTOL     Fleece    TICKETS   
Sat     21    With MEGADOG     Manchester Academy 1    TICKETS   
Fri     11    TUNBRIDGE WELLS    The Forum    TICKETS   
Sat     12    PORTSMOUTH     Wedgewood Rooms    TICKETS   
Thu     17    LONDON    Under the Bridge    TICKETS   
Fri     18    STOWMARKET     John Peel Centre    SOLD OUT  


Tues 01 SOUTHEND                    Cliffs Pavilion TICKETS   
Wed    02   READING     Rivermead    TICKETS   
Thur    03     DONCASTER    The Dome    TICKETS   
Fri     04   WOLVERHAMPTON    Civic Hall    TICKETS   
Sat     05   BLACKPOOL    Empress Ballroom               TICKETS   

RE-ISSUED & REMASTERED SOUND is OUT NOW on CD, Double Heavyweight Vinyl and Digital. Our fourth album, it features contributions from Earl 16, Brinsley Forde and MC Det with lyrical input from Don Letts, who also coined the album title and has written sleeve notes for this new re issue. It’s also notable for the first appearance of MC Spee on the opening tune Return of the Dread. This remastered release features bonus remixes from Soul of Man and Drumattic Twins.

Townsend (Signed CD & Vinyl) –
Record Store
Amazon CD –
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iTunes –



  1. Return of the Dread
  2. Crazy Knowledge
  3. Mean Old World
  4. Black Rock and Roll
  5. Straight to a Soundboy
  6. Digital Mastermind
  7. Different Planets
  8. Dread’pon Sound
  9. Believing In It
  10. The Last Dance
  11. Crazy Knowledge (Soul of Man remix)
  12. Believing In It (Drumattic Twins remix)




  1. Return of the Dread
  2. Crazy Knowledge
  3. Mean Old World
  4. Black Rock and Roll


  1. Straight to a Soundboy
  2. Digital Mastermind
  3. Different Planets


  1. Dread’pon Sound
  2. Believing In It
  3. The Last Dance


  1. Crazy Knowledge (Soul of Man remix)
  2. Believing In It (Drumattic Twins remix)

2015 is properly up and running now with the highly anticipated FIRE IN THE DARK release OUT NOW, after gaining 180k hits on UKF the Teddy Killerz awesome remix spearheads this package which includes mixes from Bazil and King Dread.

The EP is out now via itunes HERE and with a limited number of signed 12” Vinyl HERE.

Also, to mark 21 years of Dreadzone, here is a mix that links the more dancefloor sounds of dread together in a chronological order to tell our story from house and techno through to breaks and dubstep featuring remixes from the likes of Underworld, William Orbit, Soul of Man and Trolley Snatcha. Listen now

Greetings from the zone..

As we move into the final week of a fantastic autumn/winter tour connecting with all the dread massive we are reminded of previous years of escapades on the road and still keeping it as exciting as ever, joining the dots between the festival field and the dance halls up and down the country on a never ending road of life love and unity.

It’s been a great year for shows, no releases but… We do have some great things lined up for the start of next year – ‘Fire in the Dark’ as a second single release from Escapades with some killer remixes – a mighty Teddy Killerz mix which is already blowing up on UKF with nearly 100k hits in ten days LISTEN HERE

Dreadzone’s very own Bazil dropping a deep bass dnb roller and King Dread (aka Greg Dread and King Yoof) with a ‘rumours riddim’ reggae mix. Along with a radio edit it will be on vinyl and digital from 25 Jan 2015 – you can pre order your copy HERE

We will follow this with a re-issue release of our 2001 album Sound especially remastered with bonus tracks which will be available on vinyl cd and digital. We have been dropping some tunes from this album in the set and plan to put some more in as we continue to refresh the live show which starts again at the end of February, dates and links are below

The Dreadzone Soundsystem shows take over as usual in the first part of the year with shows in Prague, London and the south west, some with Earl 16 joining us. We have a new page for the Dreadzone Soundsystem with details of all the shows which start with a pre Christmas party on the 23rd December in Malvern and then a double header on New years Eve in Plymouth and Bristol, Info HERE

So another year comes to a close with so many happy memories of 2014..big ups from all in the Zone – Spee, Leo, Earl, Bazil, Chris, Loki, Simon, Thom, and myself .. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year !

Greg x

Sat 28 GUILDFORD Boileroom   TICKETS
Thu 5 BRIGHTON Concorde 2   TICKETS
Fri 6 FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion   TICKETS
Sat 7 EXETER Phoenix   TICKETS
Fri 13 STROUD Sub Rooms   TICKETS
Fri 20 KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre   TICKETS
Sat 21 BURY The Met   TICKETS
Fri 10 BILSTON The Robin 2   TICKETS
Sat 11 POOLE Mr Kyps   TICKETS
Sat 18 HITCHIN Club 85   TICKETS

After a great summer festival season including some amazing shows at Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Beautiful Days and more, this week sees the start of our proper Autumn tour which will take us up to the end of the year.

We started with a return to Ireland to take in a couple of shows in Cork and Galway last week then this week the mainland lifts off with Sub89 in Reading and Rock City Nottingham and will continue with shows up and down the country.