Ska Festival 2023
August 28, 2023 by Mikey Rhude
Any true ska fan is highly aware of September’s three-day ska family hug fest that takes place next to the beach in Virginia known as Supernova International Ska Festival.
Happening the weekend of September 15th through the 17th, ska bands and ska fans from around the world will descend on Fort Monroe, Virginia with their sunscreen in hand and dancing shoes on their feet, excited to greet old friends, make new ones, and see and hear some of the top ska bands, new and old. With the focus on an international lineup, this year’s headliners include Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Bad Manners, and Fishbone.
Beginning in 2014 and growing over the years, this year’s festival will be the largest one yet with 36 bands coming from nine countries.
Kicking off with a pre-party show Thursday evening, free for anyone with any kind of ticket (there are VIP passes, weekend passes, and single-day tickets available), acts will include: Westbound Train, The Resignators, Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra, Grace of Spades, and DJ JonQuan.
The main events begin Friday afternoon and include Fishbone, Sister Nancy, Stranger Cole, The Toasters, The Scofflaws, Uzimon, Vic Ruggiero, Dr. Ring Ding, Chris Murray, Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra, Eastern Standard Time, The Skapones, Grace of Spades, and DJ JonQuan.
SKA SKA SKA!!!
SKANKIN’ GOOD TIME!
Saturday’s lineup features Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Hollie Cook, The Suicide Machines, The Dualers, Out of Control Army, ADHESIVO, The Loving Paupers, Sgt. Scagnetti, and a Bad Time Records block of We Are the Union, Catbite, J Navarro & the Traitors, Kill Lincoln, and Bad Operation.
Hopefully you’ve paced yourself throughout the weekend because you’re going to need plenty of dancing energy for Sunday’s lineup with Bad Manners, The Pietasters, The Untouchables, The Aggrolites, The Planet Smashers, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Droogs Don’t Run, Rude Girl Revue, Bite Me Bambi, and The Dendrites.
FORT MONROE, VIRGINIA
September 15th-17th, 2023
There are even after-parties Friday and Saturday night with bands like Westbound Train, The Loving Paupers, Against All Authority, Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, and DJ Chuck Wren.
For those unable to make the trip to Virginia, there is a livestream available so that none of the skank from the biggest U.S. ska festival is missed.
With plenty of festival and band merch available, food trucks, and a beer garden, ska fans are in for an unforgettable experience!
SID 230829 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR