Preview: The Skints at Engine Rooms, Southampton


The Skints have a sound best described as ‘music from Jamaica in a London style’. They mix reggae, punk rock, hip-hop, ska and grime, and will be touring across Europe and the UK during March.

They formed in North London, gigging across the punk rock and squat party circuit, before playing their first tour alongside ClayPigeon. Their early work received some late night plays on BBC Radio 1, most notably on The Punk Show with Mike Davies.

The were signed by Do The Dog Records, home to many popular UK ska bands and released their debut E.P with them in summer 2008. They then enjoyed going on their first major tour as the main support to The King Blues two months later. This led to them beginning to make a name for themselves in the UK underground punk scene, later touring with The Slackers, Random Hand and Sonic Boom Six. They hit festival season in 2009 hard, playing at Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds, Mighty Sounds in the Czech Republic, and Rebellion in Blackpool.

Their first UK headline tour started with a sold-out show at Camden Barfly, and ended with City Invasion festival. They have averaged 150 shows a year for three years in a row.

Tickets for The Skints’ show at the Engine Rooms in Southampton on the 23rd March can be found via this link.


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