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These three have more than a few magic numbers

By Grania McFadden

What to say about festival headliners De La Soul? Here's what they say: "Everybody wants to be a deejay, everybody wants to be an emcee. But being speakers are the best and you don't have to guess. De La Soul posse consists of three and that's the magic number."

The New York trio have been a massive influence on the hip hop scene since getting it together in high school a quarter-of-a-century ago.

Their debut album 3 Feet High And Rising is considered a masterpiece, and remains their best-selling release, with its clever wordplay and innovative sampling.

In the intervening years they've helped shape the style of rapper/actor Mos Def, inspired performers like the Black Eyed Peas and Camp Lo, and scooped a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on Feel Good Inc. Everybody loves De La Soul.

Posdnuos, Trugoy and PA Pasemaster endeared themselves still further to their devoted fans earlier this year by making their entire catalogue available for free in celebration of their 25th anniversary in the business.

"It's our way of showing them how much we love them," said Posdnuos.

There'll be a whole lot of love in the Festival Marquee this evening when the band take the stage for CQAF's final weekend

As well as their back catalogue of hits, they'll be sampling their long-awaited new album You're Welcome, due out before the summer. It's going to be some party – and tickets are as rare as hen's teeth.

If ska's more your thing, though, you'll be heading to the marquee tomorrow night for 2-Tone legends The Selecter's 35th anniversary concert. They'll be performing their album Too Much Pressure in its entirety, with a encore that stretches through their back catalogue.

Pauline Black and Arthur Hendrickson are back in the front line for this big night out, and they'll be delivering classic hits like On My Radio, Three Minute Hero and Missing Words.

You can hear that walking bass line already. Pork pie hats and monochrome threads at the ready.

  • De La Soul play the Festival Marquee tonight, while The Selecter play there tomorrow

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