Monday 27 May 2019

The Halfway House set to host Wexford Ska festival

Brendan Keane

The Halfway House in Ballycogley will be the place to be for ska fans over the August Bank Holiday weekend when it plays host to this year's Wexford Ska Festival.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 4, at 6 p.m.

The music genre has experienced a huge resurgence in recent times with many dedicated six to eight-piece bands playing to audiences throughout the country and some of the best will be taking part at this year's Wexford festival.

The line-up will include: Gangsters, Boss Sound Manifesto and The Scallions and there will also be Ska DJ sets by DJ Nigel Quaid.

Ska originated in Jamaica and has evolved over the years into a mix of jazz, punk, and rock, always with a reggae undertone. The genre was made popular in the 1960s by artists such as Prince Buster. However, it is best known for its two-tone period in the 1980s with bands such as Madness, The Specials, UB40, The Beat, and Selector.

Tickets, selling fast, are available at South East Records and on the festival's Facebook page.

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