Live Review: The Skints and Gentlemans Dub Club – Marble Factory, 3rd March 2023

Last month at Marble Factory saw the return of The Skints in a co headline with Gentle-mans Dub Club, two of the UK’s reggae powerhouses.

The opening act was the very capable Welsh-Jamaican Aleighcia Scott, who gets a good reaction from the crowd.

They are suitably warmed up and ready for GDC, who enter the stage to warm applause. Hailing from Leeds, GDC have been around the scene for quite some time and have built up a good following, and from the look of the crowd there are many of the loyal GDC fans in tonight and they are in for a treat.

Playing hit such as “Music Is The Girl I Love” and playing a remake of that classic track “Superstylin” by Groove Armada they ended with the beautiful “High Grade” All in all a great and balanced set amd start to the night.

Next up in this evening of Reggae madness is The Skints, who were last in Bristol as support to The Interrupters back in August 2022. Having formed in London back in 2005 they have an impressive back catalogue to choose from.

The 4 piece outfit, which comprises of the multi talented Marcia Richards (vocals, keyboards, alto saxophone, melodica, flute, guitar), Joshua Waters Rudge (vocals, guitar), Jamie Kyriakides (vocals, drums) and Jonathan Doyle (bass guitar), tore through a set that included many of their best songs such as “rat-at-at”, “This Town” and “Rise up”.

Midway through the set they played their version of Capdowns “cousin Cleotis” which resulted in a big Ska ‘skanking” circle, which see’s a big energy release from the hyped up crowd, and much to the delight of The Skints Joshua, declaring “you guys are f**king awesome”. The set ends with the punchy “culture vulture”, with its lyric “I’m just trying to have a good time” which gets an enormous cheer from the audience….who it is safe to say has had a thoroughly good time.

Words and photos by Martin Smith (no use without permission)

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