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Nightboat To Skaville


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Nightboat To Skaville play all the 70s & 80s ska hits you'd expect, as well as a few rock 'n' roll, soul and disco and rock & pop hits for good measure, and all delivered with fun, banter and audience participation to ensure the dancefloor is 'skanking' all night.

The band members each average at least 15 years performance experience & have engaged in tours around various areas of the world including the Alps, The Caribbean, Dubai, America and Mainland Europe.

The guys a broad range of professional experience between them ranging from theatre, classical music, pop, studio recording & writing for television & dance as well as corporate performance and mainstream festivals such as Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Download and The Big Chill.

Fantastic, a definite 5 stars. We booked this band for our wedding, we had guests of all ages and they were perfect! Holly, Wedding

Outside of the band, members play and teach various instruments and styles of music from classical to samba and salsa, traditional African music to Electronic dance & live dub-reggae.

All members of Nightboat to Skaville have performed at venues of notoriety including The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall in London, The Lincoln Centre & Madison Square Gardens in New York, The World Art Stage in Edinburgh, The Queen’s Hall Theatre in Trinidad, Courchevel Ski-slope in France and The Yorkshire Playhouse and York Minster.

Performance info

Line-up Male lead vocals; guitar; bass; drums; keys; sax
Performance duration 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Song requests
Add £0
The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Add trumpet
Add £240
For extra impact and an authentic soul and funk sound
Jazz background music
Add £365 for 1 x 60 minute set
Dinner jazz sets ideal for drinks receptions or meals
Extra performances
Add £175 per half hour
Extend the band's sets by up to one hour
Electric drum kit
Add £0
Available on request. Recommended for venues with sound limiters set to a threshold below approx 95dB

A Message To You Rudi – The Specials

Can't Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

One Step Beyond – Madness

Valerie – Amy Winehouse / Suspicious Minds – Elvis

Hound Dog / Never Call Tell / King Of The Swingers

10 Commandments of Saville - Prince Buster
54-46 - Toots & The Maytals
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Bad Manners
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Geno
Enjoy Yourself - The Specials
Fatty Fatty - Bad Manners/Clancy Eccles
Gangsters - The Specials
Going Underground - The Jam
Guns Of Navarone - The Skatalites
House Of Fun - Madness
I'm In The Mood For Love - Lord Tanamo
Israelites - Desmond Dekker
It Must Be Love - Madness
Life - Laurel Aitken
Lip Up Fatty - Bad Manners
Longshot Kick De Bucket - Specials/Pioneers
Louie, Louie - Toots & The Maytals
Mirror In The Bathroom - The English Beat
Monkey Man - The Maytals
My Girl - Prince Buster
Nightboat To Cairo - Madness
Nite Klub - The Specials & Rico
One Step Beyond - Madness
Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
Rudi - The Specials/Dandy Livingstone
Shame and Scandal - Lance Percival
Special Brew - Bad Manners
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Too Much Pressure - The Selecta
Too Much Too Young - The Specials
Town Called Malice - The Jam
Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
Wonderful World - Rico Rodriguez

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“We just thought we'd let you know that the band were absolutely brilliant, everyone was up dancing and having fun all night! They totally rocked it, were flexible, professional & friendly and an all round great band to have. We would highly recommend this band for any wedding/function.”

Alice & David, Wedding, Essex, June 2019

“The act was fantastic. It was a party that everyone will be talking about for years to come. We danced from the first to the last note. Brilliant.”

Matt & Rachel, 50th Birthday Party, Preston, June 2018

“We booked Nightboat to Skaville for a party celebrating 16, 18 and 50 birthdays, so a really mixed age group. Arrangements with the band were very easy. We left the play list to them. On the day the lads turned up on time. Our venue was only accessible by 4x4 but they were not fazed by this, unloaded all the equipment and we drove up to the top of the hill through 2 fields in couple of land rovers. They set up quickly, got going, they read the crowd brilliantly, all the lads really got into the spirit of it, and they really made the party go with a bang. We had a really great night, everyone thought they were brilliant, we had so many comments afterwards. I would thoroughly recommend them for any party. We would love to book them again and a friend of mine already has. Thanks again boys!”

Kate & Gordon, Birthday Party, Worcester, June 2018

“I'm just writing to say thank you so much for rocking our wedding last Saturday. You and the band were just brilliant - sounded amazing, looked great, had such charisma and stage presence, and clearly love your music so much. You got everyone on their feet and joining in and everyone raved about the music. I'm so glad we booked you for a mellow afternoon set as well which was just gorgeous on a lovely sunny afternoon. Thanks too for letting various family members sing with the band - an experience they (and we!) won't forget. You were completely reliable, professional and fantastic in every way. I would thoroughly recommend you for any rocking occasion!”

Harriet & Joe, Wedding, York, April 2018

“We would like to thank the band for an amazing day. The band started with a jazz set during our drinks reception and this was just a taster for an amazing night ahead. The band played two sets and were also very good to allow a member of the family who flew over from America to play a song with them which really made their trip and evening a very special one. The music had a great range from early sixties up to the present day and the dance floor was always buzzing with people dancing. We would highly recommend the band to anyone wishing to have a good party or to make their wedding a very special event.”

Julie & Allan, Wedding, Staffordshire, June 2017

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