Preview: Dawn Penn @ The Magic Garden (London, 17th February 2017)

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Anybody who has ever felt the joy of being immersed in a live rocksteady reggae gig is urged to get themselves down to the wonderfully eclectic Magic Garden Pub, in Battersea, on February 17th.

Often described as a “festival in a pub”, The Magic Garden seems like an excellent choice of destination for Jamaican icon Dawn Penn, having played Glastonbury less than three years ago. With her global anthem ‘No No No’ in tow, expect Dawn to demonstrate the silky smoothness of her rootsy voice with many other songs to get the SW11 crowd skanking proud. Her more recent collaboration with The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, ‘Bangarang’ is a top party tune – you’ll think it’s summer already.

After curtailing her fledgling career in 1970, nearly two decades passed before Penn, now 65, returned to reignite her reggae flame. We look forward to seeing how bright it is later this month.

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