The Skints come to Guernsey!
Read the press release from Vale Earth Fair below for more information:
Vale Earth Fair meets The Get Down, presenting The Skints
The Vale Earth Fair at The Get Down present The Skints at the Fermain Tavern this Friday (19th June), with MC Deemas J & Count Skylarkin warming up the crowd before they hit the stage. Limey Banton, Rentoclean and DJ Four Q complete the bill. Tickets are on sale now through the Vale Earth Fair website, priced £20. If there are any left on the night they will be available for £25 on the door. Doors open at 7pm – over 18’s only.
The Skints are a four-piece reggae band from London, described as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music.” Describing their own sound as “music from Jamaica in a London style,” The Skints mix reggae, ska and dub with touches of grime and hip-hop; a contemporary style that draws as much from the streets of the UK’s capital as it does from the Caribbean. Playing hundreds of shows since 2007, The Skints have had a steady rise to become UK underground stars, with even The Guardian confirming that The Skints “brought the house down” at 2014’s Reading Festival. The Skints’ newest album, FM, was released via Easy Star Records in March, and is their strongest to date, showing continued development in their songwriting, musicianship, studio prowess, and ideas. Produced by British reggae vanguard Prince Fatty (Hollie Cook, Lily Allen), it includes guest spots by Tippa Irie, Horseman, grime MC Rival, and even a surprise appearance by comedian Rufus Hound. With FM narrowly missing out on a top 40 spot in the UK album chart on released earlier this year, it’s worth getting out to see the band live if you can.
MC Deemas J is reknowned locally for his Old Time New Time Sounds sessions at the Townhouse with our own Limey Banton on the decks. Now based back in London and off the back of the critically acclaimed “Wrongtom meets Deemas J In East London” album released on Tru Thoughts in 2012, this is the perfect opportunity to bring Deemas back to Guernsey, and joining him on this occasion will be Count Skylarkin, founder of Oxford’s Skylarkin Sound System.
From compiling mix tapes in the early 90s to touring with The Wailers, remixing for Trojan Records and performing in front of thousands at festivals all around the world, Count Skylarkin has been making people dance for the past 20 years – specialising in new and vintage reggae, rocksteady, Jamaican ska, hot swing, jump blues, dancehall, hip hop and jungle vinyl, turntablism, pork-pie hats, dapper suits, good times are guaranteed. An authority on reggae music, he has written for several music publications, including NME.
This year’s Vale Earth Fair is on Sunday 30th August. Advance tickets are already on sale from HS2, YakWax, Manzurs, Kendalls, Sails, & Bluchip, or through www.valeearthfair.org at £15 (£10 concessions), or you can pay £20 at the gate on the day (£15 concessions). Children (under 12) are free if accompanied by an adult. The Jungle Brothers will headline this year’s Vale Earth Fair, and live dance act FireFarm have also just been added to the bill.