Sitting here right now and reminiscing about that first edition we ever released, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we’re now ready to celebrate our third birthday! We’ve been doing our bit to support local artists over the last 36 months and we feel that it’s time that we also gave something back to you, our loyal readers, so it’s party time.
On Friday 29th June, Darlington’s The Skapones, Hartlepool’s The White Negroes, and Middlesbrough’s Alistair James will make their way to Musiclounge in Stockton for a night of celebration.
Darlington 2-Tone and Ska specialists, The Skapones, have spent the past few years ‘quietly’ taking over the Ska world with their blend of infectious, upbeat, punk-tinged, good time, rock ‘n’ roll. We say ‘quietly’ as the self-confessed ‘ultimate party band’ are, in fact, anything but quiet.
Originally created to play the style of music and 2-Tone anthems that the members of the band were brought up on, they’ve since progressed to creating their own sounds and foot-stomping tunes with the modus operandi of making people dance and smile.
Their debut original single, ‘Cradle to the Grave’, reached number 1 in the UK reggae charts (knocking Sean Paul off the top spot), and their debut original album is set to be released very soon.
Hartlepool’s The White Negroes, whilst describing themselves as: “Like stadium rock in a working men’s club”, are actually a band of guys that are no strangers to fun: and this is reflected in their instrumentation, their lyrics and their attitude. Expect a Brit-pop edge, reggae undertones, and ska-influenced beats.
Middlesbrough’s charismatic singer-songwriter Alistair James has been taking some time off to write some new material but now he’s back. Expect feel-good, upbeat, rock ‘n’ roll songs.
Tickets, priced at £5.00 in advance (plus booking fee), are available from seetickets.com or by calling Lee on 07594486754. Tickets on the door are priced at £7.00.