August 12th, 2016

Folkestone Skabour Festival is on weekend of 16th, 17th & 18th of SEPTEMBER 2016.

This year sees Dave Wakeling with ENGLISH BEAT, THE SKINTS, RHODA DAKAR sings The Bodysnatchers, THE DUALERS, MACKA B and many more. Plus 3o DJs and Trevor Evans aka ET Rockers as MC. There is a Skabour package deal at the main venue and stage of the Grand Burstin Hotel at The Harbour, Folkestone. Plus FREE community marquees, scooter ska park and DJ stage 2 Lounge. As usual SUN, SEA &.. SKA!

Visit www.skabour.co.uk for details

Skabour is a not-for-proft community festival organised and run by the local Ska Co-op team of ska, rocksteady and reggae luvvers.


SUN, SEA &.. SKABOUR 2015!

June 9th, 2015

I am very pleased that the FOLKESTONE SKABOUR 2015 marks the 6th ska event in Folkestone and returns to the harbour.

It is a not-for-profit community event organised by local ska enthusiasts for the love. This year sees it staged at the Grand Burstin Hotel Ballroom main stage. The Skabour Fringe continues around the harbour at supported by The Party Bar, The Royal George, The Ship, The Mariner and The Chambers. Top bands include The Selecter, Beat Goes Bang, The Original Aces, The Toaster, The Pressure Tenants, The Hotnives, The Skadillacs, Desorden Publico, King Hammond & Skaville UK and many more. For details visit www.skabour.co.uk



January 13th, 2015

Nigel Heppinstall’s tattoo of my Nutty Dancer illustration taken at The Specials gig at Alexandra Palace


This ART 2 Tone mini exhibition at SKA FEST

July 26th, 2014

An added feature for ticket holders to Folkestone Ska Fest, August 8, 9 and 10 in Leas Cliff Hall will be a showing of the mini “This ART 2 Tone” exhibition. Some of the iconic 2 Tone graphics designed by TEFLON aka John Sims back in the day and more… DON’T MISS!

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Folkestone SKA FEST 2014

June 22nd, 2014


Folkestone Festivals in association with the Ska Co-op present FOLKESTONE SKA FEST 2014. The Festival which is renowned locally, nationally and internationally will take place on 8th, 9th and 10th of August 2014. This years event (The 5th year of the festival from its original roots as the Folkestone Skabour Festival) will be principally based at Folkestone’s well known concert venue The Leas Cliff Hall, plus second stage at The Channel Suite function rooms, this part of the festival will operate as ticketed events.

There are 27 bands and 30 or more DJs. The headliners are the Jamaican Boss Reggae/Ska legends THE PIONEERS. Skinhead reggae legend ROY “MR SYMARIP” ELLIS. Plus WINSTON FRANCIS, JUDGE DREAD MEMORIAL BAND from Holland, THE UPSESSIONS, KING HAMMOND & SKAVILLE UK. The SKAMANIANS return from France and so to THE EASY SNAPPERS from Germany. Local band favourites TOOTNSKAMEN, SKATONICS and HEY RUDI with Kent fan following and many more.

The festival expands into the immediate surrounding areas with a FREE community areas Includings a Ska Fest Market & Ska Fest Island on the Leas Cliff Hall roof top. In addition the Leas grass areas will see a classic Scooter Park, organised by the local scooter clubs Folkestone ‘69 Sloths’ & South Coast Pirates which features a scooter ‘ride out’ and show awards for Best Lambretta, Best Vespa and various other competition awards.

The Leas Ska Fest Island with more stalls and children’s rides. The atmosphere will be Jamaican/Caribbean with a steel drum band and palm trees made by the charity we are supporting this year being Folkestone ARRCC.

As with previous years FOLKESTONE SKA FEST will also embrace the community festival atmosphere through out the town and harbour that supports the Ska Festival.

Folkestone Ska Fest, Folkestone Festivals and Ska Co-op are not-for-profit organisations run entirely by volunteers.

For information and tickets see: www.folkestoneskafest.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01303 228600