Ska Nation 2019

Ska Nation 2019

What is ska? Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off-beat.

The first Ska Nation event was held at Melbourne's CBD night club in 2008 and after 5 events, featuring some of the world's finest Ska, reggae and punk bands including Streetlight Manifesto, The Toasters, Area 7, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Planet Smashers, The Resignators and many more, Ska Nation was put on ice but returns in 2019 bigger and better than ever!

Melbourne has always enjoyed a thriving ska scene and now Geelong has it's chance to experience the joys of Jamaican inspired music as the festival is added to the return to Ska Nation festival in 2019.

Friday April 19th, Good Friday, the Ska Festival begins at Melbourne's iconic Corner Hotel in Richmond and features a line up oozing with the promise of good times and non stop dancing from 7pm you'll be able to catch Area 7, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Los Kung Fu Monkeys from Mexico, The Resignators, The Beatdown from Canada and the reformation of Mister Coffee.

The Ska Festival then heads down the highway to Geelong's Workers Club in the heart of Geelong on Sunday April 28 for a party not seen in Geelong for many years.

With 2 stages, including an outdoor stage, The Workers Club will come to life with performances from the godfathers of Australian Ska, Strange Tenants, headlining a festival full of favorites including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Los Kung Fu Monkeys (Mexico), The Resignators, The Beatdown (Canada), Anty from the Bennies and more to be announced…

Tickets will be on sale soon.
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