Located at Oxford Gardens Junc St Lawrence Terrace
Hi-Grade sound system's owner George Sterling (aka Country/Father George) is a distinguished operator with a great deal of pedigree. George first started out as a driver and sound-man with King Tubby's in 1972. In 1986 he decided to branch out and together with his cousin Ricky built up the system called Strictly Vibes, who later teamed up with others in 1986 to form the Aries sound system.
Following several disagreements over management, equipment and control, the Aries
system was disbanded in 1999. Undeterred by these tribulations, Father George received bundles of encouragement and support from his partner who also loves the sound system environment. Lady Angella still remains to be the backbone of Hi-Grade which sprung onto the scene in the summer of 2000.
Hi-Grade appeared at their first Carnival in 2008 following a 10-year period on the BASS waiting list. Situated just off the main carnival route, they've since grown exponentially over the years to become one of the hottest spots. Complete with their experienced team of DJs, stewards and engineers, this sound system just keeps getting bigger and badder.
Father George says:
"I'm very grateful to Lady Angella who inspired me to do something for myself. Father Greg (aka) (Ranger) from Jamaica was also involved. Our aim was to bring back the love for music, for people who truly wanted to go out and enjoy themselves.
The sound business is a hard one, but can be very rewarding when you see how happy it can make others feel. Blessings to one and all".
The BASS member sound systems are predominantly made up of the Sound Systems that you will find located at the annual London Notting Hill Carnival (Europe's largest street festival) which takes place every year over 2 days, during the August Bank Holiday weekend in London.