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Ska fest organisers
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Take four friends with a common interest, give them a spark of an idea and watch them go!

That’s what has happened to Brian Reddington, Jon Bamborough, Ian Chadwick and Darren James.

They talked about something that had never happened in Blackpool, a Ska Fest, and after asking people’s opinion on social networks, decide to run with it.

The first event was on St Patricks day earlier this year. They organised the biggest Ska event the Fylde has ever seen. Headlined by Roddy Radiation (The Specials) and Rico Rodriguez (The Specials & Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra ), backing was provided by the amazing Ska Face. The other nine bands featured on the day consisted of the very best of Ska gathered from every corner of the country, including Stone Foundation who recently toured with The Specials.

When all the bands were booked the organisers were still being inundated with requests to take part in the event.

Jon admits: “It was a nightmare turning such talent away, but if this is as successful as we think it is going to be, there will be more to come.”

Which brings us to Ska Fest 2. This event is now a two dayer, at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, starting Friday, November 16, with a free entry preview night headlined by Blackpool’s own Ska Face and backed by reggae band Bob On and Punk/Ska favourites The Stories.

Saturday (November 17) opens at 1pm with Liam O’Kane and Blackpool’s newest Ska band Ska Light. The Equators will be bringing their original line-up to Blackpool, playing either side of Jimmy The Squirell and Rasta4eyes. Legendary ska favourites The Skore, The Uplifters and Too Spicy will keep up the momentum, followed by Addictive Philosophy and rising stars By The Rivers. The Ska Fest will be headlined by The Communicators, one of Britain’s best ska band, who will be joined Rhoda Dakkar from The Bodysnatchers.

Programmes will be sold on the day to raise money for Brian House, and an auction of donated items from the bands and clothing companies will take place for the same cause. Uncle Tom’s Cabin also has a bucket collection,. Organisers also have special sticks of Blackpool Ska Fest Rock for people to take home with them.

The festival will run from 1pm until 2am, £15 advance ticket and £20 on the door. Tickets are available from Uncle tom’s or www.toxicevents.net.

Jon is also offering two VIP passes which include admission, backstage pass, photo opportunities with the bands, Ska Fest T-shirts and Blackpool rock. If you want to be treated like a superSka email jacqui.morley@blackpoolgazette.co.uk by Wednesday and answer this question: name Blackpool’s newest ska band.