The Museum of London announced that its display “Dub London: Bassline of a City”, delayed due to Covid-19, opened 2 October. The exclusive free display celebrates dub reggae music and culture in the capital, from its roots in Jamaican reggae to how it has shaped communities and culture over the last five decades.
Dub has had a far-reaching impact across the music industry and the history of the capital. It has influenced multiple genres intrinsically linked to London like punk, post-punk, drum and bass, garage, dub-step and grime.
London has been a hub for artists and production since the mid-1970s, with recording studios, record labels, record shops, radio stations and clubs peppered across the city. The display not only explore the music’s influence but its wider cultural and social impact including the origins of the record shop as a community space, and the continuing role of sound systems at events like Notting Hill Carnival.