Less Than Jake Tonight's gig was a real treat for ska punk fans, featuring two of the genre's biggest names as double headliners, with support from two more well established bands. Despite the early start time, Nottingham's famous Rock City was packed to the rafters and the energy was palpable from the very beginning.


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Reel Big Fish Reel Big Fish are often wrongly dismissed as a novelty or nostalgia act by the uninitiated, but there is so much more to them than that. I last saw the California band at Leeds festival 2004 but since then they have lost the integral multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist Scott Klopfenstein to family commitments. This is hardly the Aaron Barrett show though, with long time members Johnny Christmas and Derek Gibbs still sharing centre stage with the irrepressible frontman.


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Slam Dunk 2017 West Midlands Slam Dunk you beautiful festival, you did it again. A week ago today I was writing a piece about my Slam Dunk picks when the events in Manchester unfolded and so it remains an article left unfinished. With these events in mind the security at Slam Dunk was understandably stepped up; with armed police, a wider cordon and security dotted everywhere. Parents took great reassurance as they left their children to embark upon a day of raucous escape from the world. Once inside the inner sanctum of fencing, the Slam Dunk atmosphere of misfits on the kerbs remained, drunken shenanigans and singing your hearts out with your friends ruled the day.


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Reel Big Fish It's a dark and stormy night in Birmingham, but not even the weather is going to put a dampener on this evening's ska-nival at the O2 Academy. It's every ska-punk fan's dream come true: a double billing of ska behemoths Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake, with stellar support in the form of Zebrahead. Unsurprisingly, it's a sold out gig and it's not long before the place is buzzing ready for the first act of the night.


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