Yesterday we got to play for the first time in 18 months at a delightful food and drink festival in Newhaven in Sussex. Here’s a couple of soundcheck photos.
Two years ago we played just up the road at a festival in Seaford. It was good to be back – and really good to be gigging again.
The weather forecast was dodgy, but we played in bright sunshine. We had to drive through a storm on the way but the site was rain free at least until we left. Given the amount of gin on sale and consumed it would perhaps be inaccurate to say that it was a dry day.
This is what we played. We had to cut the second set a bit short as there was a curfew on the gig.
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).
This is what we played in a single set of just under an hour:
Guns Of Navarone
Tide Is High
Mood For Love
One Step Beyond
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.
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.
There is another festival scheduled for September with a fabulous line up too.
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:
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:
For our second Brighton gig in a row, we were privileged to play for Andy’s 50th birthday party in the rather swanky Metropole hotel – a much easier place to get gear into and out again at the end of the evening.
We’ve already had a great thank you note:
Thanks so much Mark. You were brilliant. Everyone loved you. Please pass on my thanks to the whole band.
We were delighted to be the main band on the Saturday night of a weekend mini-festival at the Royal Oak pub in Hollywater, near Liphook in Hampshire.
We were sharing the stage with the General Wayne sound system who have impeccable taste, and selected some great tunes for before and after our set. And while bands can never tell what the audience get to hear, the onstage sound was spot on.
Our special guest was the mighty Joe Ospalla on drums.
We didn’t get a chance to take many photos, other than a few as we were setting up.
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