Cambridge Ska Festival 6

Date:Sat 25 Sep 2021
Time:Doors 7pm
Venue:J1 (standing show)
Price:£16 adv

It's time to party to SKA! SKA! SKA!

Big 10
What can we say about these Cambridge Ska legends that hasn’t already been said? Just in case you’ve been living on a different planet for the last 20 years or so they always guarantee to give the whole audience a great time and a great party with a few surprises! You WILL want to dance, stomp, skank and sing along! Gigs are too many to mention, but headlining at the legendary Skamouth is one of them! Here are some of their influences: Classic Ska, 2Tone and Reggae including Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Selecter.

Playing authentic 60s style ska, rocksteady and reggae, the band’s goodtime feel, obvious love of this music and confidence in its wide appeal has led to near legendary status.
Four studio albums, an early compilation album and a live album, plus several 7” singles have received much critical acclaim in the music press, fanzine world, on the web and on radio stations across the globe.

This in turn has meant a steady flow of gigs throughout Europe, with the band now a firm headline act. INTENSIFIED has been fortunate enough to share a stage with dozens of bands and singers, from Jools Holland to an authentic Zulu choir, including most of the contemporary ska favourites around the globe: Hepcat, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, The Toasters, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra… 2 Tone stars such as The Selecter and Bad Manners … and original ska and reggae legends from the past and present, including Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker, Dennis Brown, Phyllis Dillon, Morgan Heritage and the originators, The Skatalites. The band has also had the pleasure of working on stage with Jamaican greats such as Rico, Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker, Winston Francis, Pat Kelly, both Alton and his son Chris Ellis, and more recently headlining the London International Ska Festival with Stranger Cole, and shows in the UK and Europe with The Clarendonians.

With two BBC sessions at Maida Vale studios under their belt as well as being subject of their own documentary ‘Come Forward’, INTENSIFIED has firmly established its place in the history of UK Ska & Rocksteady. The band remains standing defiant against a sea of pop, punk and other modern interpretations of original Jamaican sounds, not against progress or to put up musical limitations, but to continue sharing the pure, untampered and uplifting styles with the world. The sheer energy and irresistible dance beat within the original ska and reggae forms are eternal and INTENSIFIED proves that it does not have to be turbo charged to have the whole crowd dancing, singing and smiling all night …

“Indispensable” – Dirty Faces zine, France. “Superbly crafted tunes prove what their live shows have been suggesting for a while now, that they have matured into perhaps the finest authentic ska band England has ever produced” – Do the Dog zine. “Intensified, the boss reggae/ska orchestra from England” – Banana zine, Finland. “Album of the month … an absolute heavyweight contender, Intensified set themselves ultra high standards to live up to … they don’t disappoint … anyone with even a slight taste for ska should make this an immediate addition to their collection. File under essential” – Scootering magazine. “I really love watching Intensified play” – Greg Lee, Hepcat, USA. “Wonderfully smooth and vibrant” – Metal Hammer. “Paul Carter’s soft and sincere vocals are at the forefront, and their lilting feel defies charges of revivalism. On the evidence of the tracks here, Intensified are streets ahead of other bands in their genre, displaying both an adept songwriting skill and a respect for the music which has inspired them” – Record Collector. “Intensified are doing something different from the 2 Tone clones and ska punk bandwagon .. Faceman Sound is a treat from start to finish … 9/10” – Metal Hammer. “This record is simply amazing… young and old will love it … and there’s a Hammond organ that could make me reconcile with my ex. This record is a must. Go and get it” – Ska Ba Dip zine, Italy

Discography Albums “Lunar City Groove”(Rockers Revolt) “Don’t Slam The Door!” (Grover) “Yard Shaker” (Grover) “Faceman Sound” (Grover) “Cut ‘n’ Shut” (Grover) “Doghouse Bass” (Grover) Singles “Marguerita” (SwingEasy) “Unpack The Dominoes” (SwingEasy) “Boss A Botheration” (Black Pearl) ”Fat Cat” (Black Pearl) “Glamour Girls” (Black Pearl

Rude 6
RudeSix introduced themselves in the hot summer of 2018 with their debut EP "Trip Club". Charged with youthful energy, the UK Midlands based group "possess an impressive sound with feisty female vocals dancing over edgy and infectious ska & reggae rhythms” (-Do The Dog).
In 2021, RudeSix are back better than ever with some new faces adding their own magical musicianship to their live show. Expect revamped reggae classics amongst vibrant originals that boast authentic undertones with a fresh punky twist. By picking up the pace with striking ska beats amid dropping down low to deep dub intervals, accompanied with a heap of vibes assured throughout, they’ll have you skanking and grooving into the early hours of the morning.

Frontline Sound System.
"A new Sound to hit the ground in Cambridge town. The Troops are assembled. The weapons are Armed. Let slip the Dogs Of War. Cambridge Reggae Collective"
DJ Johnny Gunman boasts the biggest and best Boss Reggae and Ska Sound System in Cambridge (and probably the world!) He (and guests) have become regulars at Cambridge Ska Festival djing 2019's events no’s 3 & 4. You will be impressed by his stack of wooden boxed speakers and vinyl delights providing the ideal interval music between bands.

Compere for the evening - Stephen Bevis

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For the safety of artists, audiences, and staff we are introducing some extra requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19. For details on COVID-19 entry requirements please CLICK HERE

Doors & Bar open 7pm.

Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

Doors price £19.50

All prices shown include booking fees.


Generally for J1 music events the timings are: doors and box office 7pm, support 8pm, main band 9pm, curfew 11pm. Stage times are normally confirmed after soundchecks have taken place. Once confirmed Cambridge Junction will update the web listings and social media channels.

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