West Midlands Ska and Reggae Festival
Over the last few month, Albert has seen a fair few ska bands coming through his venue. After chance booking of Canada’s greatest ska export, The Planet Smashers and the hotter than hot Tree House Fire from Bristol it seemed almost madness to pass up an opportunity to create the West Midlands Ska and Reggae Festival.
When is the West Midlands Ska and Reggae Festival?
We’ll be holding the event over two days, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August 2019.
We kick off the West Midlands Ska and Reggae Festival at 8.30pm on Friday 23rd August 2019 with Shrewsbury favourite Mighty Vipers followed by The Planet Smashers from 10pm.
Upstairs we’ll be spinning ska and reggae from 10pm with DJ Gregg Dubwise.
Saturday 24th August from noon well be showing classic reggae films plus a host of stalls and offering tasty Jamaican food at decent prices.
At around 6pm things start to hot up with The Chalk Outlines followed by Broken 3 Ways and Tree House Fire.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are only £10 each plus booking fee.
There’s loads of hotels or Bed and Breakfasts around Shrewsbury but they can be quite expensive this time of year. We’re in the process of negotiating with some campsites and will be updating this page soon with more information.
Friday 23rd August 2019
The Planet Smashers – From 10pm
Two decades, seven albums, one million records sold worldwide, six gazillion beers consumed, countless tours and one extremely blurry never-ending party. So who else than The Planet Smashers would make the West Midlands Ska Festival the best party Shropshire has ever seen. If you’ve never heard of them, then get onto Spotify and check them out. Since their inception in the early ’90s they’ve been taking the world by storm with their unique blend of upbeat ska anthems and general rawkus party music.
Mighty Vipers – From 8.30pm
Mighty Vipers are no strangers to Albert’s Shed having played to packed out crowds all last year. They’re a collective force, formed from musicians across the North/North West of England. Individually, each performer has carved their name into their niche, from renowned ska acts such as The Toasters through to world-leading brass ensembles. Bringing together the sounds of the Caribbean and the brass band culture of the north gives Mighty Vipers a unique sound that is unmistakable.
Saturday 24th August 2019
Tree House Fire – 9pm until late
Returning to Albert’s Shed for the West Midlands Ska Festival after a trumphant debut show it’s Tree House Fire.
THF are from the leafy suburbs of Surrey and the hills, valleys and beaches of South Wales. Their style is deeply entrenched in reggae with lyrics and melody that ignites the soul, questioning modern society while music jams to the infusion of reggae, hip hop and ska, with a riff or two of rock on lead guitar.
Broken 3 Ways
Broken 3 Ways, a 4-piece ska-punk outfit from the North West. Their signature sound in captures the raw essence of Ska-Punk with hard hitting dual vocals, Skanking guitars and addictive brass that take their influence from bands such as Streetlight manifesto, Sublime, Rancid, Reel Big Fish and Capdown. “They blow the roof of every single time and you are never EVER disappointed” – Liverpool Live
The Chalk Outlines
The Chalk Outlines are a 18 legged ska band from who’ve been whipping up a frenzy across their native Wales, The South West and London with their stomping live shows.
‘Full of fantastic fast paced 2 tone ska twisted by Balkan, Latin and Hip-Hop Influences” – Kevin Flowerdew of legendary Skazine, Do the Dog.