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The Wailers

Think of Reggae and the chances are you’ll think of one band before any other, the legendary Wailers. The original backing band for one of the world’s most famous men, Bob Marley, The Wailers are easily the most recognisable Reggae band on the planet so a visit to the green fields of Camp Bestival seems only right and proper. Centred around bass colossus Aston “Familyman” Barrett, who was Marley’s musical director, the band continue to play all of their classic hits that we know and love keeping the spirit of Bob Marley alive with some of the greatest songs ever recorded. image Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers - bassist Aston “Family Man” and drummer Carly - from Lee Perry’s Upsetters to play on hits such as Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Duppy Conqueror, and many more besides. Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae, and signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at this point that the in-demand Barrett brothers - whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies’ reggae hits by other acts - assumed the Wailers title and backed Marley on the group’s international breakthrough album, Natty Dread. Under Family Man’s musical leadership, they then partnered Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made him a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica’s best-loved musical superstar.