West Midlands Ska 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 Festival.
When is the West Midlands Ska Festival?
We’ll be holding the event over two days, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August 2019. We kick off the West Midlands Ska Festival at 8.30pm with Shrewsbury favourite Mighty Vipers followed by The Planet Smashers from 10pm. Upstairs we’ll be spinning ska and reggae influenced music from 10pm until late.
Because we like to party hard, we’ll be running bands from around about mid-afternoon on Saturday 24th August until headliners Tree House Fire hit the stage at 9pm until late. We’re still finalising the Saturday bands so keep your eyes peeled for more additions to the West Midlands Ska Festival.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are only £10 each plus booking fee, but if you’re quick we have 50 early bird tickets available at only £8 each.
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.
Straight outta Newtown, Packet Racket are smashing the UK ska scene with their 2-tone tinged arrangements that bring to mind the sound of The Specials back when they were raw and blowing peoples minds.