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Mr Staples ‘The Original Rude Boy’ was a key member of 2 Tone legends, The Specials, becoming the band’s charismatic and energetic front man, and being part of the late 70’s Ska revival – one of the most exciting periods in British music history.


After The Specials split up he was part of 80’s trio The Fun Boy Three, who had a string of chart hits, and in 1990 formed Special Beat with The Beat’s Ranking Roger.

In 2004, Neville formed The Neville Staple Band, releasing the critically acclaimed album The Rude Boy Returns. Numerous collaborations with a host of artists and extensive touring across the World have kept Neville at the forefront of the music scene and 2017’s release of the Return Of Judge Roughneck (& Dub Specials) album continues to cement his legendary status as a forerunner of the Ska movement.


Expect to hear many old classics like Gangsters and Message To You, Rudy along with his fantastic own material and classic covers. A skanking good party is going to be had!

The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (John O’Neill, Damian O’Neill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty & Michael Bradley) learning how to play basic rock and roll. Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording John O Neill’s Teenage Kicks in 1978. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show, resulting in the band's first appearance on Top Of The Pops.


Over the next five years, John O Neill, crafted further pop gems such as Here Comes The Summer, Jimmy Jimmy, You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) and Wednesday Week, whilst Damian O’Neill & Michael Bradley contributed My Perfect Cousin. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left and the remaining members decided to call it a day, remaining silent for the next sixteen years. In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, with fellow Derryman Paul McLoone on vocals and his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence convinced any doubters that he was more than capable of doing the job.


The band released a critically acclaimed album of new songs called Get What You Need, and 2016 marked their 40th Anniversary, celebrated with a variety of scorching live performances throughout the UK and Europe. The reviews have been glowing and many critics and fans say the band are playing as well as or better than ever before. In 2018 the band will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the release of their most influential and famous classic, Teenage Kicks. We are very excited to welcome them to the first SVF South, to help celebrate.



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When The Beat stormed onto the music scene in 1979 it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Bringing their message of love and unity, set to a great dance beat, they became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Two Tone Ska movement.


With numerous hits, including Tears of a Clown, Mirror in the Bathroom, Save it for Later, Stand Down Margaret, I Confess and Can't get Used to Losing You, they became a mainstay on Top of the Pops on Thursday nights, selling millions of records.


After The Beat, Dave and Roger formed General Public and had further hits, So Hot You're Cool, Tenderness, Never You Done That, Come Again, Too Much or Nothing and I'll Take You There. 


Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. How could he not? Dave continues to tour the world, with an amazing all-star Ska backing band, playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public and his new songs.


With new single, How Can You Stand There?! getting extensive national radio play and album, Here We Go Love, out soon, you just can't stop The Beat!    


SVF gets what SVF wants. From The Jam are returning to Stone Valley Festival by popular demand, after a storming set at SVF North in 2016. Featuring original Jam member, the legendary Bruce Foxton, and those thumping bass lines that have become his trade mark in a career spanning 40 years.


Bruce is joined on stage, as always, by lead vocalist Russell Hastings, who fills Paul Weller's shoes supremely well and delivers the classic Jam material with legitimacy and skill. With a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago, performing songs from a massive back catalogue of classics tunes such as Town Called Malice, Eton Rifles, David Watts, Going Underground, News of the World, In The City and many more. Now That’s Entertainment!


Death of Guitar Pop are Silky and Jonny, a couple of dapper Essex boyz, bringin’ that Ska noize to SVF.  


Making Ska music for Ska fans, their song writing is intelligent and witty, creating tunes you won’t forget in a hurry. In their own words, “Nu age Skankin’ music takin’ musical influence from all things Two Tone and Trojan, with a touch of Sublime, Blur, Ian Dury & other good shit thrown into the mix”.


The guys will be appearing with a full band, playing their phenomenally catchy songs, including 69 Candy Street and Rickety Old Train. You’ll remember if you first saw these two gents at SVF South, as they’re gonna be big.


Founded by Ian Page and Dave Cairns in 1978, in a little over two years, the legendary Secret Affair posted 5 releases in the UK Singles Chart, and released 3 albums. Debut single Time For Action sold over 200,000 copies, reaching number 13 in the UK chart, putting them at the forefront of the Mod revival movement. More chart success followed with Let Your Heart Dance, My World and Sound Of Confusion. They also created their own take on a smart-dressing youth movement - the Glory Boys


Still recording and touring to this day, to huge acclaim, including founder members Ian and Dave and a new brass section, we can't wait to welcome the band to SVF South and we know you will be too.


The Ruts were a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 when the Punk revolution was at its height. The first single In A Rut was released in ‘79 with more hits to follow, including classics like Babylon’s Burning, Something that I Said,  Jah War  & Staring at the Rude Boys.


They have undergone break-ups and line-up changes over the years but are now going stronger than ever, with new tunes alongside the old classics. SVF will not be in a rut when these guys take to the stage.


SVF is bringing you a taste of the great Northern Soul clubs, Twisted Wheel  & Wigan Casino, from the mid 60’s and onwards, with the brilliant 9-piece band Sarah Collins & Keep The Faith.


Truly a band not to be missed, you will get your kicks out on the floor from this live Northern Soul experience with songs such as The Snake, Tainted Love, and many, many more  This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and get you in the mood for the superb marathon of live music. KTF SVFers!



The band’s songwriting is fuelled by real life and not candyfloss Love Island bullshit. Their songs are written about working to survive, breakups, crime, bullying, idiots on social media and anything that is real in the everyday world in which we live. Their influences are vast and range from the ethos of Punk and Rock n Roll with a decoration of Oasis, Blur and The Stone Roses.


If you enjoy the sickly taste of spoon-fed X Factor crap then eat elsewhere but if you long to dine out on anthems, hard hitting guitar driven rock songs and cutting lyrics then pull up a chair, pick up your knife and fork and enjoy the best all-you-can-eat buffet, courtesy of The Novatones.




The Dualers are a 9-piece Ska and Reggae band from South-East London.  Their unique Jamaican style rhythm & blues sound teamed with their lively vibrant performances has seen the band consistently perform to sell-out crowds all over the UK, Europe & Asia, gaining a huge following.


They first hit the headlines when single, Kiss on the Lips, stormed into the UK Top 30, followed up with the hit Truly Madly Deeply. With a number of album releases and top 40 chart singles, a record breaking 9 sell out shows at the Indigo O2 and large worldwide fan base, their success has continued. In the words of Mark Lamarr, “If only all bands were like The Dualers the world would be a better place”. You'll be tapping your feet to the Dualers’ beat.



If you haven’t heard of this band where have you been the last 2 years? The Dolls have played many prestigious venues across the UK and some massive festivals including the Isle of Wight main stage. They have quickly become one of the most talked about and must-see live bands to have emerged in the last 10 years.


Recreating the intensity and passion of gigs you went to as a youngster, delivered with energy, attitude and an on-stage intensity guaranteed to get audiences jumping. Punk, Ska & New Wave classics played in their own unique way, this is the phenomenon that is The Sex Pissed Dolls.

Formed in 2011, this four-piece influences stem from the 1960's through to the mid 70’s, The Viewers have created a classic blend of music with echoes from that golden age, fused with sounds from today.


Jangly guitars, vocal melodies, 3-part harmonies and driving rhythms, all link together to provide the band’s unique sound. With 3 studio albums behind them already, including recent release Universal Sky, produced by the late, legendary, Grammy award-winning producer Nigel Gray (The Police), this is a rare chance to catch this highly regarded band. A great way to start Saturday at SVF South.

Keeping with our SVF tradition from the North, we like to bring you top tributes and there are none better than Ohasis, the UK’s finest tribute to one of Manchester’s finest bands.


Formed in 2009, Ohasis’ attention to detail is obvious, performing all the hits with all the swagger.  Some Might Say this is now as close as you will get to seeing Oasis in concert, so Don’t Look Back In Anger and get along and see for yourselves.

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