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Great Northern SKA Festival

Returns August 2019, Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Rd, Manchester, M17 1SN 

Subsetters are a band thats been developing their sound, busy writing playing and building a solid fanbase. The band initially formed with members Leeroy Brooks (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Mikey Brewer (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Rob Pegg (Drums) and Jim Dines (Bass) in September 2013. Leeroy, Rob and Jim had previously played in bands together and Leeroy met Mikey through his work. The boys initially started practicing at the buildings which Rob worked at as caretaker and quickly built up a catalogue consisting of tracks such as Trigger and Ska History, giving homage to one of Jamaica’s greatest export’s of music genre’s and Shortly after their inception, they were playing their first gig in November 2013 at The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth, before this first gig, they agreed that the band would be called “LEVI”.

As they continued to practice and write tracks together, they continued to gig the local areas live music circuit and picking up showcase slots at local festivals and released a limited run of an early untitled EP known as the Red Stripe EP in 2014, which contained some live recordings of the bands earliest work.

2015 saw the band secure residency slots at pub/venue’s around Chichester and Bognor Regis and the band continued to write and prepare material for their first full studio EP, recorded by Paul Burton (Snow Patrol, Athlete) at Old Chapel Studios in Sussex. However, weeks before the band were due to record, Jim departed from the band, in order to save the recording project Leeroy opted to record all bass parts for the EP in Jim’s absence. The EP was later released as “Blue Lights & Headlines” , including tracks such as “Thunderface” and “Too Paris With Love” which was the bands emotional felt response to the atrocities that were the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris. Prior the the release of the EP, Conan William Elliott joined LEVI on bass and the band proceeded to release the EP along with their first music video for “Too Paris With Love”.

In 2016 the band continued to play regular gigs along the south coast and write on new material whilst releasing follow up music videos for tracks featured on the “Blue Lights & Headlines” EP.

2017 the band played festivals such as Blissfields, sharing the stage with acts such as Dub Pistols and Dizzie Rascal. Whist out in France, Conan was involved in a serious accident resulting in severe injuries to his jaw, to help with his recovery, the band took a short break in the year but bounced back later in the year in Portsmouth’s Battle of The Bands competition where they came second out of 40+ bands. They also went back into the studio to record their next EP “Promises and Misery” which was released early 2018.

In addition to the release of “Promises and Misery” 2018 saw LEVI share the stage with Roddy Radiation of the Specials, play the “Big One 5” ska festival in Poole, No Mans Land Festival, Jerk Jam Festival and the Haslemere Fringe Festival, as well as the initially steps being taken to work with the Fringe festival to plan a monthly night of music supporting and promoting local unsigned acts.

In 2019 the band headed back into the studio again for the third time with Paul Burton to record four new tracks and continued to perform the south coast Festival circuit, from Weymouths Quaryside Festival to Brighton’s Skinhead Reunion Festival.

2020 came the time for the most significant change to the band as they decided to change their name to “SUBSETTERS” in order to establish a more specific brand of their identity. The year is already building up to be the most exciting one yet for the band as they continue to work an a full album and already have shows booked throughout Europe.