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Dreadzone live in Athens, June 2007
|Origin||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Past members||Steve Roberts
Dreadzone was formed in London, England in 1993 when ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts, teamed up with Tim Bran, who had previously worked as a musician and sound engineer for Julian Cope. The name Dreadzone was suggested to Roberts and Bran by Don Letts.
Bran and Roberts were soon joined by bassist Leo Williams and keyboardist Dan Donovan, also formerly of Big Audio Dynamite. The band signed to Creation Records in 1993 and released their first album 360°. The following year the band signed to Virgin Records and released their second studio album Second Light. In the meantime, Dreadzone had become a favourite festival act and in June that year opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. During these early years their backing vocalists included Melanie Blatt, Denise van Outen and Alison Goldfrapp.
In January 1996, the group had their first and so far only Top 40 hit in the UK Singles Chart with "Little Britain", which reached No. 20. The song sampled a line from the 1968 cult British film If.... – "Britain today is a powerhouse of ideas, experiments, imagination".
John Peel championed Dreadzone on BBC Radio 1, and cited Second Light as one of his favourite albums of all time. Tracks from Second Light also dominated Peel's Festive Fifty in 1995, and the band recorded six Peel sessions between 1993 and 2001. In 2000, MC Spee joined as a second vocalist. Between 1998 and 2001 the Dreadzone sound system hosted the Dubwiser club night at Notting Hill Arts Club. On 26 October 2006, it was announced on the Dreadzone forums that Dreadzone guitarist Steve Roberts, the brother of Greg Roberts had died.
In 2007, the band were joined by new members Chris Compton and Chris Oldfield (DJ and lighting designer) and returned to touring. In 2007 and 2008 they played gigs and festival across the UK and Europe, and signed to a new management company in 2008. In 2010, the band released their sixth studio album, Eye on the Horizon.
In 2011 a new video was released. Produced and filmed by John C. Massaria of GoodPixel Productions, it featured music by Dreadzone, "A Dream within a Dream" (in Moscow). In May 2011, a best of compilation album was released by Dubwiser Records entitled The Good, the Bad and the Dread: The Best of Dreadzone.
- 360° (1993)
- Performance (1994)
- Second Light (#37 UK, 1995)
- Biological Radio (#45 UK, 1997)
- Sound (2001)
- The Radio One Sessions (2001)
- Once Upon a Time (2005)
- Live at Sunrise (2006)
- Eye on the Horizon (2010)
- The Best of Dreadzone – The Good The Bad and the Dread (2011)
- Escapades (2013)
- "The Warning" (EP) (1993)
- "The Good, the Bad and the Dread" (1993)
- "Dream On" / "House of Dread" (1993)
- "Fight the Power" (1994)
- "Zion Youth" (#49 UK, 1995)
- "Captain Dread" (#49 UK, 1995)
- "Maximum" (EP) (#56 UK, 1995)
- "Little Britain" (#20 UK, 1996)
- "Life Love and Unity" (#56 UK, 1996)
- "Earth Angel" (#51 UK, 1997)
- "Moving On" (#58 UK, 1997)
- "Crazy Knowledge" (2000)
- "Believing in It" (2001)
- "The Warriors" (2002)
- "Once Upon a Time (in Jamaica)" (2005)
- "King Dub Rock" (2005)
- "Elevate" (2006)
- "Iron Shirt" (2006)
- "Mashup the Dread" (2006)
- "Beyond a Rock" (2009)
- "Gangster" (2010)
- Dreadzone.com Archived 5 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 168. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Dennis, Jon (13 October 2005). "The Peel detective". The Guardian. London.
- Dreadzone.com Archived 10 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Eye on the Horizon – Dreadzone : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- O'Brien, Jon (16 May 2011). "The Good, the Bad and the Dread: The Best of Dreadzone – Dreadzone : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-05.