Ska icons Bad Manners and The Selecter hit Benidorm

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THE biggest Ska Festival Benidorm has seen is on Sunday November 13 from 6pm at the KM Dance Club.

Appearing alongside Ska icons Bad Manners and The Selecter will be One Step Behind, the UK‘s number one Madness tribute band. Local bands performing include Benidorm’s own Carnaby Street, and Madrid’s The Skarlatines.

Organisers expect to attract Ska fans from the UK, as well as many expatriates and different nationalities from the Valencia Region.

Its location, the KM Dance Club, is one of Benidorm’s largest indoor venues with a capacity for 2,000.

Bad Manners is renowned as one of the UK’s best Ska bands of their generation. Buster Bloodvessel fronts a crackin’ good show of aggressive and highly danceable good-time Ska.

The Selecter formed in 1979 and were once described as “conspiring to make dancing the only way to walk”. They led the Ska revival movement, along with two-tone label mates, The Specials and Madness, mixing punk, Ska and reggae.

The female icon of the two-tone era Pauline Black and the stylishly charismatic Gaps ‘De Killa’ Hendrickson will be reunited.

One Step Behind are the UK‘s premier Madness tribute band that formed in Spring 1993 and have performed around Europe.

The Skarlatines formed in 1995 by Ruben Garrido ‘Dogo’ (Singer and guitarist) and with the help of his close friend Raul de la Cruz ‘Mute’ (Bassist), both Jamaican music fans and residents of a poor suburb of Mostoles (Madrid) , are considered at the outset as the original ska band of the world’s youngest since the average age of its components was 17 years.

They blend styles including jazz, Latin and of course rythm and blues, in ska  style.

Book tickets for the Ska Fiesta from www.ticketmaster.es or call 665 418 885 or for more information email [email protected]

Tickets are €22 or €28 on the door.

Photo credit: milesgehm

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