Have a ‘Perry’ Christmas as Godfather of Reggae Returns

Have a ‘Perry’ Christmas as Godfather of Reggae Returns

Often cited as instrumental in the careers of Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as countless others, the enduring producer made his Derry~Londonderry debut when he performed two years ago, just a day before his 81st birthday. Incredibly, as Perry brings his creative genius back to the Nerve Centre stage those in attendance will be helping him continue the celebrations after he turns 83.

Describing Perry’s previous gig, where he was backed by his four-piece live band The Upsetters, blogger loosehandlebars wrote that the musician ‘rode the rhythm smoothly’ and ‘never missed a beat’, adding ‘you could hear why Lee Perry is such a great producer’.


Indeed, Perry is the architect of a sound that has resonated since the 1960s, shaping classic albums such as African Herbsman and Soul Revolution by Bob Marley and the Wailers from his backyard studio the Black Ark. His work helped create the blueprint for decades of reggae and dub artists and his influence still permeates right across modern music.

Known for his elaborate attire, the Jamaican native would later venture into the live music world himself, as well as working with notable names including Paul McCartney, Beastie Boys and The Clash, before winning a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003.


With the recent release of The Black Album, described by Mojo as ‘another madcap sonic escapade’, Perry is in top form as he continues to innovate. It’s the latest of a staggering body of work which fans will get to hear the very best from in another jammin’ night at the Nerve Centre.

Make a music lover’s Christmas by booking them in for the next dub revolution in Derry. Tickets are priced £20 + booking fee and can be purchased at online at or by contacting Box Office on 028 7126 0562 and the Nerve Centre front desk.