Saturday 15 September 2012 — Saturday 15 September 2012
The Esplanade Hotel
11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182, Australia
Tel: (03) 9534 0211
Focus Group Music, Care Factor, Troubadour Music and Tone Deaf presents
SKA NATION 5
THE FINAL EVER SKA NATION
16 artists over 3 stages!!!
From humble beginnings in 2008 and having hosted ska favourites such as Streetlight Manifesto, Nicky Bomba, The One Night Band, Commissioner Gordon, Area 7, The Planet Smashers, The Porkers, Chris Murray, Dan Potthast, The Resignators and many many more it’s time to close the door on Ska Nation!
For Ska Nation 5, the final episode, we’ve organised a super ska party across the entire Esplanade Hotel complex in St. Kilda (Victoria) on Saturday September 15th and have gathered some of the greatest local, interstate and international bands to send this festival out in Style!
15 bands across 3 stages including for the very first time in Australia, from New York City, celebrating their 30th anniversary, THE TOASTERS.
Thirty years ago a bunch of upstarts ignited a spark on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A spark that fired the imagination of the American music scene, causing a global conflagration. That music was Ska and the band was THE TOASTERS.
Five-thousand some gigs later the sparks are still flying and the band is ready to pick up the cudgels once again for their 2012 30th Anniversary tour. Some of the faces may be different but, of course, the song remains the same. The distinctive Toasters sound has recently been hallmarked as one of CBGB’s 20 core bands (Clear Channel Radio) and nothing could make the band prouder than being ranked up there with personal heroes The Ramones.
There has been much acclaim from Billboard, the New York Times, Alternative Press, MTV and many others but the band is more interested in playing for the fans. To that end the group has undertaken missions across the globe, playing from Siberia to Istanbul and back, laying down the tracks for others to follow. According to lead singer Bucket, nothing can eclipse the vibes of a sweaty packed-out club with the audience in your face and the bit between the teeth.
It’s important not to forget where you came from. Lots of bands do that but not the Toasters!