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The secret world of a generation and the birth of a reggae genre.

An Our Version Media and MAST Mayflower Studio event for Black History Month.

Lover’s Rock, often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’ is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. 

Lover’s Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance – known as ‘scrubbing’ – at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. 

Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40).

These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

Date: Saturday 15th October

Time: 6.30pm Drinks reception, 7pm Showtime

Venue: MAST Mayflower Studios, 142-144 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DU