Keith Bate has written in:

Am 59 yo. have listened to music since the late 1950’s. First record bought “she loves you (63) been going to gigs since 1973. still go regularly and support new music/bands. I regard Alternative Route as One of the top 20 bands i have ever seen . saw them a number of times around 1980/83. The name said it all they played a kind of “rocked up reggae” in a way i have still not seen equalled. The band’s style was a combination of rock and reggae. A souped up faster reggae with a solid guitar basis for the music. Like the Yardbirds crossed with Bob Marley maybe/.maybe not. Should surely be included on the list.
I saw this band at least 4/5 times . They played JB’s a number of times between 1979/82. The one night remains my fav ever evening at JB’s. They played there set and we shouted for more. They said they had played all the tracks they knew. So we shouted “second set” and he group obliged. The music had a real feel good factor about it. The guys were great. Love to know what happened to them. They should have been huge and were ahead of their time. They deserve a place. Another memory they played a festival of black music awards night at the Albany hotel around 1981. When Alternative route came on they pretty much cleared the dance floor except for myself and our group. A small number of Coloured girls danced around like we did. I asked One of these girls why the group were not popular despite being brilliant She said “some niggers do not appreciate good music”…