Over the past decade The Simmertones have established themselves as one of the UK’s leading authentic ska and reggae bands. These nine South West musicians regularly get packed venues and festivals jumping with their exciting and infectious live sound.
During 2016/17 The Simmertones’ live shows continued to reach new heights, with prestigious and well received appearances at The London International Ska Festival, Madness’ House of Fun Weekender, The Looe Music Festival, Bestival and Camp Bestival. 2018 is another cracking year for this special band as they release their fifth release 10 Feet Tall and will play The Main Stage at this year’s HOF on the Friday night, just before Madness take to the stage.
The band are frequently played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, particularly by Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq, who have playlisted their songs Run For Your Life, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps and Dr Who.
The spring of 2018 saw the release of an eagerly awaited, brand new studio album entitled 10 Feet Tall. The Simmertones’ previous album Something For The Weekend? won Best Album at the South West Music Awards in 2013. The album received worldwide airplay, as well as rave reviews from Ruby Turner and members of The Specials and Madness.
‘Really great to see this hardworking, dedicated band pushing on with confidence. Real infectious and got me bopping along!’ – Ruby Turner
‘These guys are bloody roasting!’ – Roddy Radiation, The Specials
‘This Simmertones album is so uplifting! Hypnotic, thirst-inducing tunes.’ – Lee Thompson, Madness
The Embezzlers are a 6 piece, 100% live, ska band based in Exeter, Devon.
Playing the best in ska and 2tone from Desmond Dekker, Toots and Jimmy Cliff to The Specials, The Selecter, Madness and The Beat etc. Oh… and there’s even a tiny little bit of The Clash thrown in for good measure!
The Skata Tones are a sharp-dressed, high-octane group who have been stunning audiences at gigs and festivals over the past few years, going from strength to strength. With a fusion of ska, reggae, dub and dance sounds, Skata Tones always have the crowd jumping, skanking and singing along.
You won’t be able to stop dancing at Phonic FM’s annual ska fundraiser!