Cambridge Ska Festival 7

Date:Sat 24 Sep
Time:7pm (doors)
Venue:J1 (standing show)
Price:£21 adv

The Equators
The Equators formed in 1977 in Birmingham, the vision of brothers Donald, Leo and Rocky Bailey. Joined by two guitarists, Cleveland Clarke and Dennis Fletcher, they made an impressive 2 Tone reggae stand and were quickly signed by The Beat’s management company, 20/21 Management. It was while supporting The Beat that Dave Robinson spotted them, and quickly signed them up to Stiff.

“It was a wonderful time in our life,” Rocky later recalled. “Stiff Records was always full of surprises… One day we’re recording with Desmond Dekker & The Pioneers (Long Shot Kick the Bucket). The next time we’re recording our first single, Baby Come Back (BUY 95) with pop-reggae producer and musician Eddy Grant, which scored a top 10 hit in Europe in 1980.”

They may have had the 2 Tone sound, but the band resisted signing to their local label in favour of Stiff. “We thought, hey, we were playing this music before the 2 Tone thing came out,” Donald said. “Why give it up to 2 Tone? Our music, our sound, has always been about originality. That’s what Stiff Records saw in us, and the deal was right so we went with Stiff which also happened to be where Madness ended up.”

The band never made any UK chart impact but they heavily influenced The Untouchables, Joe 'King' Carrasco and – most significantly – The Beat. “The Equators were brilliant,” says The Beat’s Dave Wakeling. “In our earliest formulations of The Beat sound we discovered that if one played an all punk set, the audience would get burnt out; and if one played an all reggae set, the audience would fall asleep. Therefore our music would encompass the energy and intensity of punk & the hypnotic, laid-back groove of reggae, a punky-reggae hybrid. But just when we thought we discovered something new, we discovered The Equators, right in our home town of Birmingham, who had already come up with a similar formulation…”

Big 10
Local legends, end of!
What can we say about these Cambridge Ska legends that hasn’t already been said? Just in case you’ve been living on a different planet for the last 20 years or so they always guarantee to give the whole audience a great time and a great party with a few surprises! You WILL want to dance, stomp, skank and sing along!

Gigs are too many to mention, but headlining at the legendary Skamouth is one of them! Here are some of their influences: Classic Ska, 2Tone and Reggae including Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Selecter.

Charged with youthful energy, this UK Midlands-based group "possess an impressive sound with feisty female vocals dancing over edgy and infectious Ska & Reggae rhythms” - Do The Dog magazine. Formed in the hot summer of 2018, RudeSix quickly built up momentum, captivating older and younger generations of Ska and Reggae fans across the UK with their unique style. 

Expect freshly revamped covers of classics amongst vibrant originals that boast soulful but Punky undertones. By picking up the pace with striking Ska beats amid dropping down low in to deep Dub intervals, accompanied with a heap of vibes assured throughout, they’ll have you skanking and grooving through the night!

FrontLine Sound System
DJ Johnny Gunman & guests
"A new Sound to hit the ground in Cambridge town. The Troops are assembled. The weapons are Armed. Let slip the Dogs Of War. Cambridge Reggae Collective" 

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Generally for J1 music events the timings are: doors and box office 7pm, support 8pm, main band 9pm, curfew 11pm. Stage times are normally confirmed after soundchecks have taken place. Once confirmed Cambridge Junction will update the web listings and social media channels.

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