Welcome

 
The Skapones are a 2Tone Ska band based in the Tees Valley in England.

The ensemble got together to play a music that they all love, and the chaps intend to perform a selection of 2 Tone anthems and
other foot stomping tunes, with the objective of making you dance and smile.
 
The debut original album of material " Cradle To Grave" is due for release in early 2018.
The Ultimate party band
 
 



 

Reggae Steady Ska.com - Interview with The Skapones 

Renowned and respected ska And reggae forum and internet magazine "Reggae Steady Ska" have recently put together a great little interview with us and its now available online. With questions posed by Charles Benoit of USA Some Ska Band, the interview features The Skapones' Willo, Mark Wilson, John Day and Steve Cummings.

Read the full length interview here- 

 

REGGAE STEADY SKA.COM - INTERVIEW WITH THE SKAPONES

 

*** STOP PRESS *** THE SKAPONES SUPPORT 2TONE LEGENDS THE SPECIALS! 

Yes!

Its true, we are supporting THE SPECIALS!!!

The band who are on the verge of their 40th Anniversary tour, gave us confirmation and go  ahead for announcement last Saturday! 

There's been a great response to the support slots as well 

We will be playing with the 2Tone giants at Middlesbrough Town Hall  on Sunday 5th May (EVENT SOLD OUT) and at the beautiful sea front venue in Scarborough , the Royal Spa Theatre on the South Bay front on Monday 6th May. We cannot say how excited we are to be playing with people who have had such a profound effect on our lives but it give sus a great chance to play our album material and to get some great exposure from the 2 dates.

As we say, Middlesbrough is sold out but its worth checking the Specials FB pages and on twitter for resales and also Twickets tickets on twitter. however, we are playing a small set at Crookfest on the early afternoon of Sunday May 5th in County Durham prior to The Specials gig.

The Scarborough gig is close to sell out with only restricted balcony seats available. The link to the Spa tickets is below- 

THE SPECIALS/THE SKAPONES SCARBOROUGH SPA THEATRE 6TH MAY TICKETS

EXCITING TIMES!!!!!!!

Lets them ROLLLLL
 

America Calling!!! 

Yes ladies and gentlemen! 

We can confirm that we will be touring the United States in August 2019!

Thanks to responses to our single "(From)Cradle To Grave" and the album in general, a few promoters and such have invited us over

and we will be hitting the east and west coast of the USA in August.

Full itinery and tour dates will be made public shortly

What an amazing year we've had so far

Thank you all for your continuing support

POLAND GIG FAST COMING UP!  

Our second venture into Europe is coming upon us at speed and we are well keyed up for this one.

In 2014  we played in Germany  but this time we are flying over the German border into Poland and the city of Gdansk

with a  gig at the Pacszcza Lwa Club!

 

GDANSK GIG FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE

We cant wait to meet up with our Polish friends and skank the night away!

If you can make it be good to see you! 

 

Debut album now out on 12" gatefold vinyl!!! 

Yes ladies and gentlemen

We can officially announce that the debut album "Cradle To Grave" is available to buy in beautiful 12" black vinyl gatefold album edition and a superb retro 2Tone inspired label. There's even a stamped little message each side of the record run outs like old skool!

Yes it looks blooming awesome so thanks to Adam and all at Cram Duplication for their excellent work.

Buying from the store here on this website also gets you a free download of us performing " Message To You Rudy" with The Specials' Lynval Golding live in

Dorset  couple of years ago

ENJOY!!!! 

 

CLICK HERE TO BUY CRADLE TO GRAVE VINYL GATEFOLD ALBUM

 

Skapones A Go Go Hits No.1 in Reggae Charts! 

We did it again! 

Thanks to you wonderful people and the best supporters!

Yes we hit Number One in The iTunes UK Reggae Charts and remained at Number one for about 19 hours which is a miracle in this day and age.

In a bizarre twist we were no.1 and our heroes The Specials were No.2 at the finish of release day!

A Massive thank you to you one and all, you are the real stars!

So in an incredible year we have 2 No.1s  (one in January and one in December so what a way to start and finish 2018)

plus another two singles that reached 3 & 5 and the album has sold out its 2 previous CD runs.

We will be forever in your debt

Much Love

The Skaps xxx

 

 

 

Release of 4th original single! 12th December go Skapones A Go Go! 

Hi chaps

It is with great pleasure we can announce the release of our 4th original single this coming week!

"Skapones A Go Go (Tinkerman Mix)" will be released on download and CD single and will; be available on the download front from the usual suspects iTunes/ Amazon/Google/Cd Baby and other good download sources whilst the CD will be available from online or at our shows.

THE TRACK WILL BE ACCOMPANNIED BY OUR VERSION OF THE FAMOUS MENTAL AS ANYTHING 80S HIT SMASH "LIVE IT UP" WHICH WE RECORDED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SPECIALIZED CD 

This version of A Go Go IS NOT AVAILABLE on the "Cradle To Grave" album so grab it on its release

Theres a superb Mick Jenner video to accompany the release  as you will see here - 

so get the date in the dairy! WEDNESDAY 12TH DECEMBER! 

GO DOWNLOAD -  GO SKAPONES A  GO GO!

 

 

"Cradle To Grave" gets Forkster Music Promotions Ska Album Of The Year 2018! 

In more astounding news for us, we can announce  that US music promotions website Forkster, one of the most renowned music sites on the globe, has actually done a big feature on the band and made us their SKA ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2018!!

Massive thanks to Tim at Forkster for the in depth review and making us the Ska Album of The Year is an amazing feat.

We'd like to thank everyone who has bought the CD  (GATEFOLD VINYL SOON COME!!)  - we are almost sold out on the 2nd print run now , it really has been a mad 18 months in our lives.

Heres the review and announcement from Forkster Music Promotions - 

 

FORKSTER MUSIC PROMOTIONS - THE SKAPONES- SKA ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2018

The Skapones A Go Go! - USA Tour 2019 offer & Crowdfund appeal  

 

Yes - and we cant quite believe it ourselves. There is interest in us as a  band and our original tunes have sparked people into life in the United States which really is an out of this world situation!

We have the prospect of playing in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, New Orleans, and the west coast - the offers have quite blown us away

 

Problem we have is that the music industry has changed beyond recognition and there are no longer record companies or big sponsors to take you on tour and the way forward nowadays is to use a crowdfunding platform so here we are- we have launched  a crowd funder appeal to try and raise funds to get over to the USA.

This may work and it may not work but the chance to do this based around the offers is an amazing thing- an astonishing thing!

So...the long and short of it is that we need individual sponsors to help us. This is hopefully, where you guys come in- 

We have a few rewards to give away per sponsor an d they are all listed on the crowdfund site which is linked to below - 

 

THE SKAPONES USA TOUR 2019 CROWDFUND PROJECT PAGE

 

SO, thank you to all our supporters so far, its a fantastic thing you do.

If you can help, that'd be great. Thanks a million in advance. and thank you for your continued support

 

The Skaps xxx

 

 

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