Whenever Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish tour the UK separately it creates a huge amount of excitement amongst the army of ska punk fans all over the country. When they announce that they are touring together you can only imagine the hysteria that creates! I mean, hysteria might be stretching things but we were all very, very excited. As with any tour when it's first announced we all wondered who would be supporting. The ska scene in the UK is currently getting bigger and bigger and I know a bunch of us from the New Cross/Be Sharp scene were hoping some of the bands who have been plugging away in the underground would get the chance to show a bigger audience how great they are. Sadly this wasn't the case as Zebrahead and Suburban Legends were soon announced as the support bands. This is not a bad thing as both bands are great live bands but I did feel like this could have been a huge opportunity for some of my favourite bands to get some exposure to help their careers rather than rehashing a combination of bands we've all seen plenty of times over the years. That said, I was still very excited for the show and to sing along to some classics from all four bands.
This review was written by Colin Clark. Photos by Emma Prew.