Chinatown Overview: A Punk and Ska Haven!
Although some of the biggest names from the ska and punk world were released in the main headliners announcement, which included The Specials, Sublime with Rome, Skindred, Slightly Stoopid, Reel Big Fish, Hoffmaestro, Hepcat, Eskorzo, Ska’N’Ska, Chainska Brassika and The Ska Vengers… The lineup for the four stages of Chinatown features lesser known, but equally celebrated by those wfrom the punk, ska, punk-ska and folk-punk scenes.
Devils Kicks Dancehall:
The main stage for ska-punk, psychobilly lovers is Devil Kicks Dancehall. Hosted by the Last Gang in Town, DKDH is filled with hot rods and quiffs and the sounds of rhythmic double bass are as familiar as the riff of a ska horn section or a well handled harmonica! On the bill for this year are Nashville originals The Legendary Shack Shakers, the boisterous alternative ska punk rock of King Prawn, ska revivalists The Planet Smashers, Vancouver’s 5-piece The Dreadnoughts, who are set to bring their energising mix of sea shanties and celtic folk punk. Confrontational political UK punk rock from the Blaggers ITA, as well as Boomtown regulars such as New Town Kings, JB Conspiracy, Pronghorn, Counting Coins, Firepit Collective, and many more.
In Chinatown Courtyard ska and reggae from all over the world is celebrated as well as big UK names such as 9-piece The Dualers, Cardiff dwelling Astroid Boys merge the punk, hardcore and grime, Swedish rockabilly band Top Cats, the Spanish innovative fusion of Balkan-ska and Krazy-Klezmer Spin Te Kú. Italian ska jazz, balkan, reggae Empatee du Weiss, London’s Maroon Town who rejuvenated the global Ska scene in the 1990’s, and a whole heap of others such as Cut Capers, Los Albertos, Mad Apple Circus and many more…
The Last Stand
The Last Stand provides a more intimate, up close and personal setting as Chinatown’s very own bandstand, bringing hidden gems into the sun to fill the streets with their raw acoustic rapture!
One of Chinatown’s longest running Street Venues, the Freak Boutique has received an upgrade and will be hosting a plethora of live bands from anarcho dub punk to the infectiously ramshackle and positively weird country and blues… with acts such as Autonomads, One Eyed God and Rev Schnider and His Band of Angels.
Other confirmed Street Venues for Chinatown this year are; Rokoko’s Emporium, Bang Hai TeleCon, Dubtendo, So Fun Tek, Alan’s Bang Hai Studio, Digital Funfair, Madame Wrong’s Take-Away and Dissocia.