Return to event listing

Skatalites

Don't Miss Out
Time: Thursday 7.30pm
Cost: £20.00 in Advance

2019 marks the 55th Anniversary of The Skatalites. The original members had played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. They backed most of the vocalists in Jamaica at that time, including Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis,Ken Boothe and many more. After disbanding in 1965 the individual members continued playing in various groups as the music evolved from ska to rocksteady to reggae. In the late 70’s a resurgence of interest in the music began in the U.K. which caused the creation of many bands such as The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, The Selecter and Bad Manners. This became known as the “Two-Tone era” and these British musicians fused rock music with the ska and reggae. In The early 80’s the music started to spread to The U.S.A and other parts of the world and bands began to emerge everywhere playing different flavors of ska and reggae fused with whatever else they wanted to throw in, including hard core , jazz and even punk. In 1983 The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay and subsequently in London at The Crystal Palace for the U.K version of The Sunsplash event. A few years later they began emigrating to the U.S.A and in 1986 the first US shows began at The Village Gate in NYC. In 1989 the band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour and in 1990 they embarked on their first headline tour of The U.S.A. and have not stopped touring the world ever since. The band is available for festivals and also plays in intimate club settings. Their unique infectious brand of real Jamaican ska pleases audiences of all ages across the globe year after year. “We hope you will enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoy performing it for you. ”

Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Tony DaCosta, Rupert Dillon , Don Drummond, Joseph ” Lord Tanamo” Gordon, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat Roy “Jackie” Mittoo, John ” Dizzy Johnny” Moore, Jackie Opel, Doreen Shaffer, Lester Sterling.


Other upcoming events...

  • Southampton Ukulele Jam - Open Jam Night

    There are many aspects to Southampton Ukulele Jam. We are, in equal parts, a jam, a community, a ...

    2019 Ukulele
  • **Rescheduled** *Sold Out* IDLES

    Joe Talbot – vocals Adam Devonshire – bass Mark Bowen – guitars Lee Kiernan – guitar...

    2020 IDLES Sold Out
  • Zio & Dusk

    The founder of ZIO Jimmy is heavily involved in all aspects of the writing, lyrics and production of...

    2020 Zio
  • Kick Up The 80's

    The nucleus of KICK UP THE 80s has been in existence as a working band since 1995!! Dean and orig...

    2020 Kick Up The 80's 2
  • Southampton Ukulele Jam - Open Jam Night

    There are many aspects to Southampton Ukulele Jam. We are, in equal parts, a jam, a community, a ...

    2019 Ukulele
  • Steely Scam

    Steely Scam faithfully recreate the original sound of Steely Dan, covering all the classics, promis...

    2019 Steely Scam
  • The Genesis Legacy

    “Can you see the fire’s still alight…. Burnin...

    2020 The Genesis Legacy
  • *Postponed* Jessica Lynn - Country Music’s Next Big Star

    Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of our control, this event will be postponed. Your ticket W...

    2020 Jessica Lynn Postponed
  • *Postponed* Soft Machine

    Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of our control, this event will be postponed. Your ticket W...

    2020 Soft Machine Postponed
  • The Dead South

    The Dead South

    The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic set fr...

    2020 The Dead South