Toots and The Maytals announce headline UK tour

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Tuesday 17th May 2011; Celebrating 50 years as one of the world’s best loved ska and reggae groups, the legendary Toots and The Maytals are set to play the biggest UK tour of their illustrious career in August and September 2011, including a date at O2 Academy Brixton, London on Friday 9th September.

Led by the charismatic ‘Toots’ Hibbert, The Maytals formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961. ‘Toots’ popularised the reggae sound with hits such as "Do The Reggay" (widely acknowledged as the first song ever to feature the word ‘Reggae’), "Pressure Drop", "54-46 (That's My Number)", "Sweet and Dandy", "Monkey Man", “Funky Kingston” and “Reggae Got Soul”.

On the eve of announcing his UK tour, ‘Toots’ said from his home in Jamaica, “Everybody knows the UK is like a second home to me, so I’m looking forward to seeing all my old friends and making some new ones on this very special anniversary tour.”

Over the last five decades, ‘Toots’ has influenced countless artists including The Specials, The Clash to Amy Winehouse, and has toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.

More recently, Toots and The Maytals won a Grammy Award in 2005 for ‘Best Reggae Album’ with ‘True Love’. The album consisted of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.

Anyone who saw Toots and The Maytals’ stunning performance at last year’s Glastonbury Festival,  not to mention the BBC’s documentary about the group, as part of their acclaimed ‘Reggae Britannia’ season (February 2011), will testify that these dates are a must-see opportunity to witness one of reggae music’s true greats, live in action.


31st     August        Newcastle         O2 Academy
1st     September    Glasgow         O2 Academy
2nd     September    Leeds            O2 Academy    
4th     September    Wolverhampton    The Civic
6th     September    Ipswich        The Regent
7th     September    Liverpool        O2 Academy
8th     September    Brighton         Brighton Dome
9th     September    London        O2 Academy Brixton
11th     September    Bristol            O2 Academy
13th     September    Oxford            O2 Academy
14th      September      Cardiff             The Great Hall

Tickets on general sale: Friday 20th May at 9am from or 0844 477 2000

‘Toots’ Hibbert will be available for interview.

For all interview requests please contact: Dave Clarke at Planet Earth Publicity:
Tel:+44 (0) 7966 557774 or E-Mail:

For O2 Academy dates/venue enquiries Louise Kovacs / Justine Fancy at Academy Music Group: or 0207 787 3128 or 3149