Sunday, 30 August 2015

Jamaica Rum Tings - Belgrave Music Hall

This event has already been and gone but because I had such a good time I wanted to share my experience with you all.

However, they are also on tour and will be popping up in London over the bank holiday if any of you are gracing our capital with your presence that weekend, or failing that if you're planning on heading to the Merrion Street festival they'll be a Mojo's with offerings of BBQ jerk chicken.

Plans for next year are certain but if they come up to Leeds again you'll be a fool to miss them.

The event was Jamaica Rum Tings sponsored by Wray & Nephew Rum, it ran at Belgrave Music Hall on 22nd August and involved rum (yay!), Caribbean food (yay!) and Reggae music (yay!). Perfect combination for a night out in Leeds.

Rum and Ting is a match made in heaven with Wray and Nephew's distilled rum and a sparkling grapefruit drink, if that doesn't take your fancy they whip up some pretty fabulous rum punches. I gladly sampled both varieties of rum punch in their on trend branded enamel cups.

Food was served up on the roof terrace and in Patty Smith's usual spot downstairs. Despite the rain we made a beeline for the roof terrace as that's where the chefs from Caribbean Cafe (in Leeds Market) we're dishing up the good stuff.

Both myself and D opted for the jerk chicken, rice and peas served with rice and peas and chilli garlic bread. The spiciness of the jerk chicken was offset with the pineapple slaw and was a perfect storm dinner.

Once we'd gobbled down our food we headed to the stage room on the first floor of Belgrave. Inside DJs played classic and unknown (to me) Reggae hits, we chilled back on the sofas soaked in the atmosphere delighting in the people watching, such a mixed crowd and an awesome atmosphere. I even managed to encourage D to the dance floor for 10 minutes and wowed him with my moves, all those nights of underage drinking in RnB clubs has paid off...

Music throughout the day was provided by Massive Attack's Daddy G, DJ Toddla T, MC Serocee, Dub Smugglers, Rompa & Shepdog and Reggae Roots & Bass.

Look forward to seeing you next year guys!

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