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.

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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

2016: What a year for Skata Tones!

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Skata Tones decided it was all aboard for good times, gigs and festivals going into 2016…


they hit the studio. The film studio and the recording studio. February saw a sold out performance at the Palladium Club as well as a packed crowd at The Tavern


A great gig supporting the mighty Dub Pistols followed with debut appearances at The Grapevine and The Thatch. We released our three videos by Bristol Live Rooms in March


A packed April gave us support slots with Regime, Tankus the Henge and the Undercover Hippy alongside a packed out house at Mr Wolf’s. Bristol and a steamy night in at the Blue & Green. Whoosh…


May was more sedate, but a support slot with Tankus the Henge and opportunity to play with Gentleman’s Dub Club made it special. Appledore Sausage and Ale Festival started our festival season off with great food and beer!


June was a quiet month. Skata Tones took some time, wrote some bangers and practised Eastern philosophy.


Wham! Festivals, gigs, supports. You name it, we did it in July! Miles on the board.


…And then there was Beautiful Days. Of course we also played Croyde Beer Festival and Bideford Music Day, but as our biggest festival to date it gets centre stage. It was grand.


Just the one appearance in September whilst we recovered from Beautiful Days withdrawal syndrome. Cody Jones stood in on drums at Heddon Valley Beer Festival and was an animal!


Boom! September got busy! Not only returning to The Watering Hole with the Dub Pistols, but a double bill support with Land of the Giants and Undercover Hippy, followed by two gigs in a row with legends Dreadzone!


So did anyone mention our EP #LiveYourLifeUp? THEN we supported The Beat! All our Christmases came early. A lovely spot with Tankus the Henge in our favourite Appledore was followed by a last-minute call to support The Beat AGAIN in Exeter. Blown away.


Finishing the year with some local pubs to great crowds has felt really great. Love to you all.

2016timeline-12Bring on 2017. It’s going to be a good year!

Check out our EP #LiveYourLifeUp:

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Skata Tones blow up Appledore!

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…Sort of… (A momentary power outage due to a tripped fuse brought a little extra excitement to our performance last night…)

Expertly dealt with by sound engineer Doug, we were up and running again in no time. We even managed to finish the song we were on!

So pleased to be back in Appledore with the awesome behemoth of sleazy funk and acid barrelhouse, Tankus the Henge, and with a totally packed house. As ever, they went on to deliver a killer set. A sweaty night was had by all!

Billy Hammett enjoying a little rock ‘moment’

So many of you bought copies of our EP #LiveYourLifeUp which means so much!

If you missed out, here’s a range of opportunities to hear it:

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Our thanks to Free of Tigers events for their organisation and hospitality and the tremendous folk of Appledore who make any night an absolute corker.

Woolacombe: Red Barn Beer, Cider & Music Festival – Friday 2nd Dec

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We’re really excited to announce that we’ve been booked to play the opening night of the Red Barn Beer, Cider & Music Festival on Friday 2nd December.


What better place to air our own brand of Atlantic Ska than overlooking one of our finest beaches? It might be winter, but that won’t keep us out of the waves. With fine beer, cider and heavy skanking to keep everyone warm, this is guaranteed to be a special night.

Visit the Red Barn event page


Catch us this weekend in Appledore, supporting the mighty Tankus the Henge at St Mary’s Hall. Saturday 12th November. Tickets £6 (adv), £8 (on the door).