Ali Campbell's UB40 will headline the GNSKA Festival in August 2018 at Bowlers Exhibition Centre Manchester. This is an inddor festival so do not worry about the weather. As well as the great music you will find great food from a selection of caterers and some fantastic merchandise from a selection of traders at the event.
Grab your pork pie hat and head down to this all-day celebration of ska and its many monochrome musical guises including American rhythm ‘n’ blues, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone. The line-up includes ska legends The Selecter, The Beat, Neville Staple (pictured above) and Dawn Penn, plus emerging talents such as Blank Cheque, By The Rivers and Manc music faves Jeramiah Ferrari.
Once again, I came into this festival slightly worried that as a twenty year old journalist wearing no boots, no braces, would I stick out? Of course, this was ridiculous. This is far from an exclusive skinhead original festival. Still in 2016 2Tone is bringing people together. Whereas in its prime it was famed for mixing different races, it now brings together people of all genders, backgrounds, ages and colours too. My first experience of the Ska revival, and I can assure you it won’t be my last.