Skata Tones THE RETURN

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After an INCREDIBLE summer of festivals, gigs and all-round jolly good fun, Skata Tones disappeared into the studio at the end of 2017…

Now they’re back, with new tunes, fresh sounds and EVEN MORE ENERGY!

Ahead of their official return to the stage, Skata Tones raised the roof at Exeter Phoenix supporting old pals, the Dub Pistols, confirming that they’re ready to hit the road again.

With a new EP due out later in Spring 2018, the sharp-dressed party animals have prepared a showcase concert and party to kick off in Appledore, North Devon on 3rd March. With support from local legend Scott Linn and an after-party to the vibes from DJ Irie Selecta, it’s guaranteed to be a great night, courtesy of Free Of Tigers Events.

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After the success of #LiveYourLifeUp EP and subsequent ‘tour’, exciting things are planned, with Skata Tones already booked in for a busy festival schedule in 2018, including Once Upon a Time in the West, Balter Festival, Lapstock, Blissfields and more announced so far (some special ones we can’t tell you about yet).

New sounds for 2018

The latest addition to the Skata Tones lineup is the multi-talented Jamie Prouse, bringing some deep electronic bass to shake the floor, and adding a light touch on the keys. Watch out for Sir Strawberry H. Jamalot wielding some new pipes and tubes, whilst Billy Hammett bashes out some hot electro rhythms from the drum riser…

One thing is for sure… When you see Skata Tones, you’ll be having fun from the first one-drop to the final chord.

What are you waiting for? Book tickets to the Appledore Showcase HERE



Ska night @ Bierkeller Exeter!

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It’s going to be a short week. The weekend starts on Thursday at Bierkeller, Exeter!

Skata Tones are pleased to be joining Simmertones, followed by a DJ set at the stein-frothing, bratwurst-batting, German-themed venue. Get ready to skank all night long. It’s what the tables are for!!!

Thank you BRISTOL!

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At the last minute, Skata Tones were booked to play the infamous Mr Wolf’s in Bristol on Saturday 29th July.

Mr Wolfs has been on the ST calendar for a few years and never disappoints. The incredible crowd are always up for a good time and the vibe is superb.

This time was no exception. We warmed up with some classic Ska, then launched headlong into our festival set. We couldn’t have asked for more from everyone as you kept us full of energy from beginning to end. Hats off!*

*except Strawberry H. Jamalot who keeps his hat firmly on at all times…


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…”

Robbie Wychwood Rhythm Booze
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