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This Is Ska

With previous performances alongside Madness, Damon Albarn & appearing at the Specials after-party, This Is Ska brings a faultless & fun-filled performance to any event. Playing everything from Toots & The Maytals and Desmond Dekker, to Bad Manners & The Selecter, This Is Ska will show your guests what Ska is really about!

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Secure your 2022 / 2023 booking before the 30th June 2022, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against new bookings.

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Set List / Repertoire

Message To You Rudy – The Specials
Guns Of Navarone – The Skatalites
Ghost Town – The Specials
My Boy Lollipop – Millie
Special Brew – Bad Manners
54-46 (That’s My Number) – Toots & Maytals
Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
Wooly Bully – Bad Manners
Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna
I’m In The Mood For Love – Lord Tanamo
Israelites – Desmond Dekker
One Step Beyond – Madness
Mirror In The Bathroom – The Beat
Night Boat To Cairo – Madness
Sally Brown – Laurel Aitken
Hands Off She’s Mine – The Beat
Three Minute Hero – Selecter
On My Radio – Selecter
Too Much Too Young – The Specials
It Must Be Love – Madness
Louie Louie – Toots Ska Version (Originally By The Kingsmen)
Gangsters – The Specials
Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
Red Red Wine – Tony Tribe Version
Enjoy Yourself – The Specials
One Step Beyond – Madness
Lip Up Fatty – Bad Manners
The Liquidator – Harry J All Stars
Skinhead Moonstomp – Symarip
Long Shot Kik De Bucket – The Pioneers
Tears Of A Clown – The Beat
Ten Out Of Ten – Paolo Nuttini
Nite Klub – The Specials
Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals
Too Much Pressure – Selecter
You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff/Desmond Dekker
Get Back – Trojan Beatles
James Bond Theme
You’re Wondering Now – The Specials
007 Shanty Town – Desmond Dekker
Madness – Prince Buster
Double Barrel – Dave & Ansel Collins
Time Hard – The Pioneers
25 Miles – Tenoshi/Edwin Starr
One Love – Bob Marley And The Wailing Wailers (Original Ska Version)

2 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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Amazing band! Everyone at our wedding loved them!

5 stars - This Is Ska are Highly Recommended
booked This Is Ska for their Wedding in Norfolk August 2021

“The band are incredible and really know how to get the crowd going. We loved the music and their performance. They turned up promptly and worked with us on the day as things were running late. Could not be more happy! If you like ska, they are the band for you!”

From start to finish this band was electric

5 stars - This Is Ska are Highly Recommended
booked This Is Ska for their event at Lea Hall Colliery Sports & Social Club in Staffordshire

“From start to finish this band was electric. I highly recommend. Well worth going to see”


Price from £1,795 + travel from West Midlands

Based on 9 members performing 2 x 45 minute sets

  • West Midlands From £1,795
  • East Midlands From £1,859
  • North West From £1,859
  • East of England From £1,924
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £1,924
  • South East From £1,924
  • South West From £1,924
  • Wales From £1,924
  • North East From £2,308
  • Scotland From £2,565
  • Northern Ireland From £3,206
  • Republic of Ireland From £3,206

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Default lineup: 9 members

9 Piece: Male & Female Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion & 3 Piece Horn Section.

Full Biography

* Faultless and fun-filled 9 piece Ska band based in the West Midlands.
* Previous performances with Damon Albarn (Blur) & appearances at the Specials after-party & shared the stage with Madness. 
* Repertoire includes Trojan Ska & 2 Tone, everything from Toots & The Maytals to Bad Manners & The Selecters.

This Is Ska are an authentic 9-piece Ska band who perform a catalogue of hits from the golden ages of Trojan Ska & 2 Tone. Covering songs made famous by the likes of Toots & the Maytals and Desmond Dekker, through to The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and The Selecter; This Is Ska guarantee to get the party started!

Complete with horn section and male & female vocalists, live highlights include performing a full set with Damon Albarn of Blur, appearing at the Specials after-party, performing on the same bill as Madness at the house of fun weekender and supporting Reggae royalty Steel Pulse, Musical Youth and Apache Indian.

I saw you at the Madness house of fun weekender at Butlins, Minehead and I have to say this... I have been a huge fan of Ska and 2tone for 35 years. I have seen hundreds of bands but never have I seen a band that had me gob-smacked the way you did. The entire performance from start to finish was amazingly faultless. Not only that but the choice of songs and the style in which you delivered the entire show was first class. Thank you for showing the people of today what Ska is really like.” - George Wilson

Love this band This Is Ska! Good work, keep it up.” - Lynval Golding – The Specials

“This Is Ska allow the audience to relive the experience of one of the UKs most exciting musical movements” - The Express & Star Newspaper

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