Last night at an Octoberfest-themed party, the Supernova International Ska Festival announced the bulk of the artists appearing at the May 2018 event. Standouts include Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, the big band act from the west coast, and UK two-tone era legends Rhoda Dakar of The Bodysnatchers and Roddy Radiation of The Specials.
UPDATE 11/13/17 9:00 PM: The final line up has been posted.
Western Standard Time
The Suicide Machines
Rhoda Dakar Sings the Bodysnatchers
Spring Heeled Jack USA
Dr. Ring Ding
Chris Murray Combo
Eastern Standard Time
Adam Flymo Birch & The Versions
The Steady 45’s
Hub City Stompers
The Scotch Bonnets
Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus
Rude Boy George
DJ Chuck Wren
Triton Sound System
The organizers note that they’re still awaiting to confirm two more headliners.
This massive two-day festival will take place May 26 and 27, 2018 at the 1781 Brewing Company just outside Fredericksburg, VA. That’s a little over nine hours driving from Rozzie. Early bird tickets will run you $49 and are open to the first 500 customers. If you’re real hardcore you can get a camping pass for for another $40 or an RV parking permit for $100. There are only 1500 tickets available in total so space is limited.
Watch a clip from last year’s festival featuring musicians from a number of bands on the bill performing The Skatalites hit “El Pussycat.”
Last year’s festival was also host to a rare performance by ska legend Derick Morgan backed by Eastern Standard Time. The concert marked the singer’s 60th year performing and the recording is now available on bandcamp.