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Monday 20 August 2018

Brighton's Dakka Skanks Bring Their Two-Tone Heavy Mix Of Sounds & Social Commentary To Concorde 2

Amy Winehouse meets Jamie T with Poly Styrene in the room, combined with the energy of The Specials and the Two-tone movement. This is what will jump to mind when you witness a Dakka Skanks show.


Meeting at a music college in Brighton, this young band have pulled together many influences, to take ska rhythm into the 21st century.

They are a five-piece ska/dub/reggae/punk band who combine catchy choruses, up-tempo riffs and dubby breakdowns. 

Clara Byrne on lead vocals cuts through like a wave of emotion, her lyrical content straight from the soul, with a few quite serious social issues poured into the mix.

Tackling some very heavy subjects such as rape, racism and mental health issues, with Josh Bowes throwing some London lingo over the top, bouncing back and forth with Clara, as the band steer the music along. 


Formed in 2016, Dakka Skanks have confirmed shows with Madness, Neville Staple, Skatalites, as well as a recent headline spot at Paddle Round the Pier, Brighton's largest free festival.

The band came together with the aim to fuse their own music tastes together into a new sound. 

It all began when drummer Henry Pascoe-Smith and Clara met and the latter performed her rendition of the iconic Ghost Town. 

When Henry heard it, the beginnings of Dakka Skanks were put in place. 

Check out Dakka Skanks, in support of the Neville Staples Band,at Concorde 2, Brighton, on 7th September 2018.  Click Here for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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