COAST TOWN 2018
Blackpool Winter Gardens Arena - Saturday 15th of September
The fifth annual Coast Town event raising funds this year for The National Stroke Association at Blackpool's prestigious Winter Gardens Arena venue with an international flavour featuring guests The Freeska Ensemble from Spain and Bang the Skillet from Holland. We also welcome back former lead guitarist from The Specials Roddy 'Radiation' Byers and his Skabilly Rebels, The Beat Goes Bang featuring members of The Beat and Dexy's Midnight Runners, one-time member of Bad Manners and The Selecter King Hammond & the Rude Boy Mafia plus top UK Ska acts Ska Face, The Skapones and Jeramiah Ferrari.
Plus DJ sets from Phil 'The Skafather' Eccleston // Darren 'Jedi' James // The Easy Skankin' Crew //
RODDY 'RADIATION' BYERS & THE SKABILLY REBELS
The Continental, Preston - Saturday 3rd of November
After 32 years of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of “Radiation” therapy, Roddy Byers stepped away as The Specials’ lead guitarist and into the centre spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of the SKABILLY REBELS.
For one night only in Preston, Roddy and his Skabilly Rebels are the next phase of an audio formula Byers has been working to perfect since the day he stepped into the recording studio with The Specials back in 1979 – a fusion of the driving rhythm of Ska and the gritty, hard edge of Rockabilly.
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