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Leeds Ska & Mod Festival returns posted 28 Nov 2019

Leeds Ska & Mod Festival returns

Millennium Square, Leeds will play host to a live outdoor performance by The Selecter, from The Specials “ Original rude boy” Neville Staple band, The Chords UK, Secret Affair, The Pyramids (Symarip) & Death of Guitar Pop, on Sunday 9 August 2020 as part of the annual Summer Series. Leeds Ska & Mod Festival 2020 will delight the audience with a spectacular music featuring an array of hugely popular songs.

The Selecter, led by singers Pauline Black & Gaps Hendrickson are considered one of the founding acts of 2 Tone movement. They will take to the stage with some of their biggest hits including ‘On My Radio’, ‘Missing Words’ and their debut ‘Too Much Pressure’ which rose to the top five in UK charts.

Legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, Neville Staple aka The Original Rude Boy will celebrate 41 years of his top music career by performing hits like Ghost Town & Rat Race.


Also joining the bill is Jamaican ska and reggae band, The Pyramids (Symarip), who are known for being one the first Skinhead Reggae bands and establishing the sound in the UK in the early 1970s. Expect to hear the famous “Skinhead Girl”, “Skinhead Jamboree” and “Skinhead Moonstomp”.

They will be joined by The Chords. Commonly associated with the 1970s mod revival, the London group will perform classics including ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and ‘Something’s missing’.

Fresh from celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a 15 date UK spring tour, Secret Affair will also delight the crowds with some of their most popular songs including "Time For Action",  "Let Your Heart Dance" and ‘Do I Love You’.

Returning from last year’s concert is 2-Tone band Death of Guitar Pop. Led by singers Oliver Hookings & Jonny Hicks, the band described as the 4th generation Ska band will once again entertain the crowds with hits including ‘Sweet Sensation’, ’69 Candy Street’ and many more.



Tickets for Leeds Ska & Mod Festival will be on sale from 10am on Monday 2 December 2019 at £35.00 (including booking fees). A special group ticket for 5 or more tickets will also be available.

Tickets will be available from www.millsqleeds.com, www.redeagleevents.co.uk, from the City Centre Box office in Leeds Town Hall on 0113 376 0318 and from Crash & Jumbo Records.

Gates for the festival will open from 1pm with the first band due to perform at 1.45pm. A number of street food catering concessions together with a fully licensed multi-pour festival style bar in partnership with Heineken will be available within the specially created outdoor arena. The venue is also fully accessible with a raised viewing platform, disabled toilets and a Changing Places high dependency unit. Full accessibility information and companion ticket details are available from the venue website or by calling the City Centre Box office.