AN internationally-renowned reggae performer will be leading an acclaimed tribute in Carlisle this month.

Lionart fronts his band, The Marley Experience, at The Brickyard on Friday August 17 - playing the songs of legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley.

A sound, look and 'vibe'-alike of Marley himself, lead vocalist Lionart has an undeniable resemblance to the late, great King of Reggae.

He has performed on stage alongside famous stars of the genre, such as Dawn Penn, Erroll Dunkley and David Rodigan, and has been the frontman for bands such as the Friendly Fire Band and The Roots Ambassadors, as well as playing trumpet for Natural Mystic.

A festival regular, he has performed at events around the world, including Glastonbury, Boomtown, One Love Festival, Reggae Garden Festival, and events in Italy, Turkey, Spain and the Netherlands.

The band, known as The Hailers, are a group of seasoned professionals with many members appearing on stage with the likes of Pato Banton, Maxi Priest, the Skatalites and being part of the original Steel Pulse.

The band consists of drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and female backing singers to complete the line-up.

Expect all the hits and classics to feature in the set, including One Love, Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry, Iron Lion Zion, I Shot The Sheriff, Buffalo Solider, Redemption Song and many more.

The most iconic reggae performer in history, Bob Marley died in 1981 aged just 36. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 1999, his 1977 album Exodus was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine, while his song One Love was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC.

Since its release in 1984, Marley’s Legend compilation has annually sold more than 250,000 copies according to Nielsen Sound Scan. While Marley’s music was never recognised with a Grammy nomination, in 2001 he was bestowed The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Marley Experience will appear at The Brickyard on Friday August 17, from 8pm. Tickets are available in advance from the venue and via www.seetickets.com.

Support on the night comes from Carlisle reggae outfit Reggie.