Laid Blak to headline King’s Affair

Jack Ranson 25 May 2014

The King’s Affair committee have announced that Laid Blak will be headlining this year’s event. The Bristol-based band released their debut album ‘Red&Blak’ this year and have supported acts such as Ed Sheeran and Desmond Dekker.

Known locally as the ‘Bristol Love’ band, they have made waves on the live music scene in their home city. They played Glastonbury in 2013 and have been dubbed ‘the ultimate festival act’ by Brighton Noise.

With their album for sale on ITunes and Amazon they have an ever-expanding fan base.

Describing themselves as a fusion of Reggae, Soul and ‘feel good music’, they have supported – amongst others – reggae legend Desmond Dekker.

Ed Sheeran also covered part of their single ‘Red’ in his song ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’, performing with them in Bristol. He afterwards tweeted, expressing a hope to release ‘Red’ as a duet.

And after all this, the band recently won the accolade of Best Northern European Reggae Band.

The Head of Music at King’s Affair this year, Daisy Hughes, expressed her enthusiasm when speaking to The Cambridge Student: ‘We're really excited to have Laid Blak playing King's Affair this May Week. They're an incredible band and will bring us some amazing music to dance away the memories of exam term to’.

Whilst many students hadn't heard of the band, they were still excited to watch them perform. Ticket-holder Krysia Waterhouse admitted: "I'd not heard of them before but am quite excited for them now."

Freya Sanders, also attending the event, said: "I'm not that bothered about the headliner, to be honest – there's so much more to a June Event. I guess the fact that I've never heard of them doesn't help, but then I'm not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to contemporary music."

Although tickets have sold out, Daisy told TCS there are still ‘a couple more big announcements to come, so watch this space!’.