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Seahaven Beer and Music Festival

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Aug 25, 2019 festival, gig, setlist , , , Comments are off

Everyone knows that bank holidays are wet, windy and washed-out. But not so this year as the temperature has climbed to ‘phew, what a scorcher’ levels. It was therefore a good weekend for the Seahaven Beer and Music festival in Seaford, close to Newhaven, along the Sussex coast from Brighton.

We had great fun playing to a lively audience (the photo above was taken from the stage but well before we started playing).

stage

This is what we played in a single set of just under an hour:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Work Song
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling

 

  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo

 

We were told that the festival was meant to launch last year as an annual event, but was rained off. It got off to a flying, if delayed, start this year.

Next gig: Seahaven Beer and Music Festival 24/8/19 Seaford, East Sussex.

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Jul 19, 2019 Comments are off

Our next gig will be in Seaford on August 24th for the Saturday Evening session of the 2019 Seahaven Beer and Music Festival.

The event arena will be open from 18:00 with our full selection of Food and Drink available.

The Music Lineup for the evening is as follows:

18:45-19:45 – https://www.facebook.com/WeAreThe808s/

20:15-21:15 – The Skamonics
https://www.facebook.com/TheSkamonics/

21:45-23:00 – LARGE 90s
https://www.facebook.com/large90s/

*All times are subject to change without prior notification*
For tickets and more information please visit: www.shbmf.co.uk/

 

A Party in Petworth

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Jun 30, 2019 feedback, gig, setlist Comments are off

Update: Here’s some lovely feedback from the client:

Thank you all so much for coming all this way. Everyone has been saying how brilliant you all were and loved the music.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year. It was a perfect day to play a party in a garden deep in the country near Petworth in Sussex – easy to find on some sat navs, challenging for others.

The photo shows the set up – a dance floor on the grass and a platform for the drums and vocals.

It was still warm when we finished playing at 11pm after extending our second set to keep people dancing.

It was isolated  enough not to worry about noise and neighbours, and our PA was just right for this kind of gig.

This is more or less what we played as we threw in a few encores to keep the second set going:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Jst Cares 4 Me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Monkey Man
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

 

 

Maidstone’s Ska Fest

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May 28, 2019 festival, gig, setlist Comments are off

It was a blast playing the Maidstone Ska Festival on Sunday.

We played a good long single set to a great crowd who sang along from the first song.

And it’s always a treat to play an event that was so well organised. We started at the right time and came off just a few minutes late after an extended encore. The sound people did a great and a relaxed job – not easy when you are having to get bands on and off a stage all day with no time for thorough sound checks.

Maidstone ska fest banner

There is another festival scheduled for September with a fabulous line up too.

This is what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • I’m in the Mood for Love
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

 

We tour Brixton

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May 6, 2019 Comments are off

We have played a couple of gigs in Brixton on the last two Sunday evenings.

First we played Upstairs at the Ritzy – always a favourite for us as the sound there is so good. It’s a lovely small venue. And as we were the only band we got to play two full sets.

We had a blast and we think the audience did too. The set list we played is below.

Here’s Annie at the Ritzy.

And last night we got to play a very different gig just down the road at the Hootananny – somewhere we haven’t played for a few years. If the Ritzy is small and intimate, the Hootananny is the opposite – big and loud. We played one long set starting at a quarter past midnight to a big and appreciative crowd, who sang along with many of the songs. It was a long evening given that we had soundchecked at just after six, but worth it as we got a great reception.

Thanks to Cecil Reuben, who has been promoting reggae at the Hootananny for years, for putting us on again.

And it was good to see a poster from when we supported Neville Staple – nearly ten years ago – still on the band room wall.

And here’s Frank onstage:

 

Hootananny set

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • I’m in the Mood For Love           
  • Work Song
  • Enola Gay
  • Monkey Man  
  • London Calling
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Ritzy set

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Misirlou
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Ten years after – a repeat booking

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Nov 25, 2018 setlist, wedding , , Comments are off

We had a lovely booking inquiry a few months ago:

The Skamonics played at our wedding, just under 10 years ago, and were one of the highlights of the day! We were wondering whether you might be free to play at our 10 year wedding anniversary party, which is on 24 November this year.

And so last night we made our way to the Hackney Coffee Company to play two sets. This was our first gig for some time and we had a blast. Remi joined us on guitar as special guest for his first gig with us, and having played in a ska band in Poland for ten years he was a natural fit.

We took a rushed picture at the sound check (before we had changed) and this is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • I’m in the Mood for Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Anyone for tennis?

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May 6, 2018 gig, setlist Comments are off

It was a lovely spring evening yesterday, just right for a gig at a tennis club. We had a great time playing for an Aldersbrook Lawn Tennis Club social evening. It was a great success with a big crowd that danced all night.

Thanks to Andy Wilson who came and played tenor sax for us for the first time, depping for Jackie who is away.

And we have some fabulous feedback:

So many people said to me last night that was “the best night ever” at our tennis club.

Even more asked me “when are you coming back”.

I look forward to having that discussion with you soon. Big thanks from everyone at Aldersbrook.

We didn’t take any photos, but this is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Mar 25, 2018 pictures, setlist Comments are off

This is always one of our favourite gigs and last Thursday’s was no exception.

We were very lucky to have Rachel Musson guesting with us on tenor sax, who played some great solos.

There was a good crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves, inclduing some regulars. And Roger, the sound guy, is one of the best we ever work with.

We had two sets – and this was what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

And it’s always good to see our name (almost) in lights. Let’s hope we get to play there again soon, and that by then the owners have stopped victimising their staff and pay the living wage.

Thornton Heath Light Festival

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Jan 28, 2018 gig Comments are off

We have never played an outdoor gig in January before. But while we needed our thermals we had a ball playing the Thornton Heath Light Festival yesterday. It combined some of the Lumiere light festival installations with live entertainment.

We only had time for a short set. This is what we played.

  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop