Can you stay in your seat or not tap your feet? Not when we're in the building! Come join the skanking bedlam that is a Skababs gig.
The Skapones are a 2Tone ska band based in the Tees Valley in England. The ensemble got together to play a music that they all love, and the chaps intend to perform a selection of 2 Tone anthems and other foot stomping tunes, with the objective of making you dance and smile. They have supported acts like Bad Manners, The Lambrettas, The Toasters, Vin Gordon, Dennis Alcapone, Roddy Radiation of The Specials, Bruce Foxton's From The Jam at venues like ARC Stockton On Tees where they had a successful performance and successful performances at the 02 Academy Newcastle..They have also played with members of The Specials, Bad Manners & The Selecter. They have played at festivals such as Stone Valley, YSA Invasion 12, the Great Northern Mod & Ska Festival,The Lindisfarne Festival, the Woodhorn Festival and the prestigious gig at the Feuerwerks Open Air Festival at The Reduit in Mainz, Germany amongst many other successful gigs. They have recorded tracks in the past for the Specialized Project that raises money for Teenage cancer Trust & Youth Music UK- " Police On My Back" for the Specialized project album " Combat cancer- A tribute to The Clash", "Midnight Ravers" for the 2016 "One Heart - A tribute to Bob Marley" album and "Smithers Jones" for the 2017 Specialized tribute to The Jam.The band have also headlined events for March Of The Mods, Our House all dayers in York and Barnard Castle Big Day Out. They have also released 2 CD Eps "The Tommy Gun EP" and latest " Rudys Return " EP which features Lynval Golding & Jon Read of The Specials.
The band have played at prestigious venues like The Dublin Castle in London and will be playing the 100 Club supporting Lee Thompson of Madness in 2017. Their debut album " Cradle To Grave" is also due out in 2017.
The Simon Kennedy Band
A guitar and organ driven blues trio, the band was formed in 2014 by Dundee born guitarist Simon Kennedy. Enlisting Mirek Hodun on the organ they set about writing and producing their debut album “Make Up Your Mind” themselves which was well received by critics and fans alike with BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones saying the band were “deservedly the recipients of a great deal of praise” and the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association voting it their Album of the Month.
The line-up is completed by Glasgow based drummer Richard Kennedy who has played with the likes of Paul Weller.
With the success of the debut album they have been sought out to play and headline major festivals like The Orkney Blues Festival, Perth’s Southern Fried Festival, Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival and Spring Harvest. They also had the pleasure of playing Scotland’s biggest blues club in Edinburgh, in support of Big Joe Louis.
The band also co-headlined a sold out gig in The Spiegeltent during The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
The band will release a follow up to their well received debut album early this year, with a UK tour also planned.
Event: The Skababs, The Skapones, The Simon Kennedy Band
Date: Saturday 20th January 2018
Time : 12:00 - 03:00
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