News September 14, 2018

WAMCon adds Don Letts for keynote, 116 more acts for WAMfest

WAMCon adds Don Letts for keynote, 116 more acts for WAMfest

British music filmmaker, Grammy winner, radio presenter, and international DJ Don Letts has been announced as a keynote speaker at WAMCon 2018.

It takes place at the State Theatre Centre of WA from Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 3.

He currently presents the weekly Culture Clash radio show on BBC 6 Music.

Letts first made his mark in the late ’70s as the DJ that single-handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae-lovers, and made a number of videos for The Clash.

In 1984 he joined forces with The Clash’s Mick Jones in the band Big Audio Dynamite, acting as their sampler and videographer before departing the band in 1990.

It was whilst working as a DJ at London’s first punk club The Roxy in 1977 that he made his first film The Punk Rock Movie with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and others.

This led to a period directing over 400 music videos for a diverse mix of artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley.

Letts then moved into documentary work, making films on the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, The Clash and George Clinton; with his most recent documentary on Sir Paul McCartney’s New project.

Along with his autobiography Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers (2007,) he was also the subject of the 2010 documentary Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread.

Meantime, WAMfest, presented by Act-Belong-Commit and supported by the City of Perth, has added 116 more acts to the live lineup.

The free shows are held over 30 stages n Perth City on Friday, November 2 and Northbridge on Saturday, November 3.

The latest lineup unearths plenty of standout talent, from recent BIGSOUND hits like Kaitlin Keegan, Demon Days, T$OKO and Bri Clark; to WAM song of the year 2018 winners J.F.K, Feels, Figurehead and Farraday’s Cage; and more WA artists, bands, and producers.

For all the latest event information visit HERE.

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