Boomtown Fair anyone?

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Skata Tones simply cannot wait to open Chinatown Courtyard at our debut Boomtown performance!


Boomtown Fair is the most exciting and outrageous festival on the calendar for reggae & ska music followers. It’s going to be AMAZING!

Until then, you can catch us at Mr Wolf’s, Bristol and Elevation Festival, Torrington.

Check out our gigs page for a full diary of summer dates and festivals.

Stonking good write-up from Rhythm & Booze!

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We were stoked to read this fabulous review from the wonderful people at Rhythm & Booze on Tumblr – Thanks!

“…Skata Tones were up next and as their monicker rather suggests the six-piece band fuse high octane ska, reggae and rock for an addictive, energetic sound that urged the an overflowing tent to their feet and duly strut their stuff to the torrent of funky horns, choppy guitars and rubbery rhythms. Despite being relative unknowns the likes of Holiday To The Moon, festival anthem anthem Welcome To Boomtown and Something Real were all received as fan favourites as the tent seemed to groove and holler as one…”

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Robbie giving it the beans…

We had so much fun on the Hobgoblin Beer stage at Cheltenham Racecourse, but don’t just take our word for it… The real stars of the show were the wonderful people who packed in to jump and boogie the whole way through! Big love, see you again next year (if not before). #LiveYourLifeUp

Cheers to @rhythmbooze  for such nice words.

Wychwood festival takes place annually at Cheltenham Racecourse:

Every year we put on over 100 artists across 4 stages with a deep breath of music styles, as well as over 100 workshops for all ages, a comedy stage, a kids literature festival, a real ale festival, The Headphone Disco every night, great food, optional idyllic camping plus loads more. There is just so much to do for all ages at Wychwood, no wonder it’s the UK’s premier family festival!

“Laid-back family festival in a lovely location.” Sunday Times

“Britain’s most popular family festival.” Sunday Mirror

“The best festival for families.” The Independent

“Goes the extra mile for children.” The Times

Teastop-cheltenham-wychwood-festival“Wychwood has masses going for it, there’s absolutely nothing negative to report about this delightful event, it set the benchmark long ago. Providing an enviable range of quality workshops, masses of entertainment and activities to keep the kids amused and engaged, plenty of respite for parents combined with a great range of musical offerings Wychwood doesn’t put a foot wrong”,

“This has been one life affirming, fun packed festival. A rather wonderful thing indeed”, BBC

“You can go to festivals all over the world, but none will be quite as homely as Wychwood”, The Independent

O-O-O-Oceanfest! -one week…

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One week until Skata Tones hit the stage at Goldcoast Oceanfest 2017, Croyde.

This festival has to have one of the most perfect settings, perched above North Devon’s surfing riviera, looking out across the Atlantic ocean.

All the action starts on Friday 16th June and the party just rocks on all weekend…

Check out the latest on the lineup and timings here

Come and see Skata Tones in our natural habitat… Sun, sea, sand and surf!


What are they doing in there?

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It’s mid-march and Skata Tones have buried themselves away in the studio. Preparation for the next EP is underway and all we can say is that it’s going to be a corker. Following the resounding success of #LiveYourLifeUp, our ‘difficult second album’ will take us a step closer to being one-third as prolific as Enya.


Those who have been present at recent gigs (Bideford Palladium, Exmouth Grapevine and Sidmouth Balfour) will have heard some of our latest tunes being put through their paces before they hit the can. These are exciting times, ladies and gentlemen.

Our next outing will be on 7th April at Exeter Phoenix, supporting the incredible Gentleman’s Dub Club at the launch of their new album Dubtopia. This is going to be MEGA MEGA MEGA!


#LiveYourLifeUp selling like hot cakes



Boomtown Fair 2017!

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Yes folks, you didn’t hear it here first. You might have heard a rumour, and suddenly it was announced. Skata Tones will be performing at this year’s Boomtown Fair, on the Friday at the Chinatown Courtyard stage.


We are absolutely over the moon. The festival has inspired much of the Skata Tones sound and amasses our influences, old and new, in one fantastic place!

We’ll be building up to this with a full programme of gigs and have already booked in to record our next EP. We might even write a song about the whole experience…


#LiveYourLifeUp is over 10,000 Views!

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Thanks to everyone who has, liked/shared/watched our new video. It has gone absolutely stratospheric at more than 10,000 views on #facebook!


We’re totally stoked. Can’t wait for the next few gigs, including the fantastic local bands night at The Plough Arts Centre and a showcase gig at The George, Braunton next weekend.

We’re off to Bristol soon to play at Mr Wolfs, then back on home turf with a full night of Skata Tones splendour at the amazing Palladium Club, Bideford.

Check all our gigs here

Rolling into 2017… Gigs, gigs, gigs

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It’s a new year in Skataland and we’re pretty excited. The last 16 months has been a roller-coaster ride featuring performances to packed festival crowds and support slots with legendary bands such as The Beat, Gentleman’s Dub Club and Dub Pistols. Spirits are high and the momentum seems unstoppable.

The calendar is filling up fast and it looks like the miles will be racking up over the next few months, with dates in Bristol, Fareham, Salisbury, Sidmouth and Exmouth, along with plenty of appearances in our native North Devon.

We also have a new video coming soon, in support of our #LiveYourLifeUp EP and the studio is booked to begin our next recorded work. 2017 will be an exciting year with many more announcements to follow…

Here’s a list of the next 3 months’ gigs as a taster. Don’t forget to visit our gigs page to keep up to date!

Friday, January 27
Torrington: The Plough band showcase
Saturday, January 28
Braunton: The George
Saturday, February 4
Bristol: Mr Wolf’s Nightclub
Saturday, February 25
Bideford: The Palladium Club
Friday, March 3
Exmouth: The Grapevine Brewhouse & Pub
Friday, March 10
Sidmouth: The Balfour Arms
Friday, April 7
Exeter: Supporting Gentleman’s Dub Club at The Phoenix