Thursday 15th August
Live at Portsmouth Guildhall
+ support from
Doors at 7.00pm
English two-tone and ska band Bad Manners, composed of vocalist Buster Bloodvessel, Louis Cook (guitar), David Farren(bass), Martin Stewart (keyboards), Brian Tuitti (drums), Gus Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), and Andrew Marson (saxophone), are one of the many bands to take their inspiration from the Specials and the ska revival movement in England in the late ’70s.
They quickly became the novelty favourites of the fad through their bald, enormous-bodied frontman’s silly on-stage antics, earning early exposure through 2-Tone Records package tours and an appearance in the live documentary Dance Craze. In the early ’80s, they managed several U.K. hits including “Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu,” “Lip Up Fatty,” “Special Brew,” and “Can Can.” By the mid-’80s, the ska craze was over and the band retired temporarily after the release of 1985’s Mental Notes, only to return in 1989 with Return of the Ugly, remaining a live attraction despite a lack of concurrent hits. By the mid-’90s, a third wave ska revival renewed interest in the band. Eat the Beat was released in 1996 and Uneasy Listening followed in 1997, as well as several collections from the band’s peak years.
Joining Bad Manners is support band Offbeat Offensive, formed in early 2010, who have earned a reputation as one of Portsmouth’s most popular and versatile Ska-Punk bands. Catchy ‘sing along’ choruses? Check. Hard-hitting riffs? Check. A bombastic five piece horn section?! You better believe it. Best bring your dancing shoes, because these guys (and girl) have all the right ingredients to get you skanking at any gig or festival.
Alongside their own regular headline appearances, Offbeat Offensive have also been lucky to support such legendary acts as The Selecter, The Neville Staples Band and The Blockheads.
Featuring an energetic live show, infectious grooves and buckets of Portsmouth ‘Charm’, Offbeat Offensive aren’t to be missed. See you on the dance floor!