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Great Northern SKA Festival

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

It's 25 years since Britpop, and 40 years since Two Tone and the last real music scene that meant more than great music! It was a lifestyle, a way of life and an attitude that hasn’t been replicated since! However, if Suggs was to bump into Ian Dury, Damon Albarn and Ray Davies and embark on a dance craze through Punk, Ska, Two Tone and Brit pop you'd have The Communicators!


After being away for 6 years this 18-legged bag of fun has decided to come back. How it all started? Formed as a covers band back in 2008, they morphed into an Originals band by March 2011 and had a hugely successful spell up to late 2013. After relentlessly performing at festivals such as WOMAD, Boomtown, Oceanfest and even a prestigious headline slot at Glastonbury, some spilt milk and incidents with burger sauce recipes contributed to the band split. They disappeared in to the night never to be seen again! To the horror of their ever growing and loyal fan base!


The Comms (as they were dubbed by this ever-growing faithful following) borrow shamelessly from artists like Madness, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Specials, Blur and The Blockheads without losing their own identity. The blend of harmonious, brass drenched SKA tunes is a mix of Madness and Blur esc popism with cleverly crafted lyrics that Mr Ian Dury himself would be happy to have penned. However, this is merely a wink at the past, and very much a cheeky grin into the future!


Rather than hide from their influences, The Communicators irreverently revel in them, even dropping song titles and band references in their tunes! The sound is vibrant, jumping and a little bit cock sure of itself and yet Mitch’s lyrics add to the feel of better times ahead! It’s unmistakably British yet accessible to the US, playful, obvious where it needs to be yet unafraid of going into unexpected places when the mood takes em!


So why comeback now? The band have a brand-new line up and a new album (‘Frankie Howerds Slippers’) set for release later this year - the future is BritSka! What can crowds expect ‘Stomping tunes, great energy and dancing all night’!