After the 2020 Supernova Ska Festival had to be reformatted as a virtual event (2020 Supernova Ska Festival: Quarantine Edition), ska fans eagerly await the 2021 Festival. Despite being virtual, the event featured musicians from around the globe and raised more than $13,000 for Alpha Institute in Kingston, Jamaica.
Originally scheduled for June, the festival curators felt pushing the event later in the year would allow for more participants to acquire the necessary vaccines and provide enough time for the COVID-19 pandemic to subdue. This also gives international artists more time to clear travel restrictions to enter the country.
This year, the largest ska-orientated festival in the United States will take place at the Oozlefinch Brewery on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay on September 17th through the 19th.
It will feature more artists than ever before, including Buck-O-Nine, Hepcat, The Skatalites, The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Skunks, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Chris Murray, and Mephiskapheles.
Coolie Ranx of The Pilfers will emcee the event, while Roger Rivas, Jon Quan, Eric Abbey and Pocket Sounds will DJ for the weekend.
Friday night’s line-up features The Pilfers, Half Past Two, Dr. Ring Ding, King Django, Mr. Kingpin Ska, Danny Rebel & The KGB, The Dendrites, The Players Band, with more to come.
Ticketholders from 2020 or 2021 are valid for this new date and the organizers are giving everyone who did not cancel their 2020 tickets a free Friday pass.