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Darlington Forum hosts ska and reggae gig for Teenage Cancer Trust

THE Forum Music Centre in Darlington is hosting The Specialised Project’s ‘Ska and Reggae Soundclash’, with King Hammond and the Rude Boy Mafia headlining on Friday December 3.

The Specialised Project is a social enterprise supporting young people facing challenging circumstances, helping charities including Teenage Cancer Trust and numerous Just Giving projects and event sponsorship.

Local ska boys, The Skapones, will also be performing after recently supporting The Specials and Madness and toured the world in their own right.

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The ska band based in Darlington has a brand new Christmas single coming out on USA label, Jump Up Records and a book giving insight into their success in 2019 called 'The Skapones - Way Out West - That Was The Year That Was.'

Next year they embark on a tour around the UK as support to The Beat on their 40th Anniversary.

The Skapones’ latest album is being recorded at The Forum.

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Floral Detectives, a Darlington-based alt rock band will be supporting.

The band has recorded for The Specialised Project and appears on the latest Specialised “Viva - The Songs of Freedom” album.

The Northern Echo: Darlington band, Floral Detectives will be supporting The Skapones and King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia at The Forum on December 3Darlington band, Floral Detectives will be supporting The Skapones and King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia at The Forum on December 3

Nick Welsh, also known as King Hammond, is a Grammy award-winning musician, songwriter, producer and author.

He is known for Bad Manners, The Selecter and 3 Men & Black and has worked with top names of ska and reggae music including Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Rico Rodriguez, Dave Barker, Susan Cadogan, Judge Dread and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

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He is a Specialised ambassador and is bringing his unique brand of Rude Boy reggae to The Forum.

The Northern Echo: King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia will be headlining at The Forum in Darlington on December 3King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia will be headlining at The Forum in Darlington on December 3

Nick said: "A crowd with an open mind, that's always the best kind of crowd.

"When supporters come and see me play, that's always amazing but when people come and they've never heard of me before and they say they've had a great night, that's a big compliment.

"I just love entertaining people, I hate it when frontmen go on stage and they say the exact same things night after night, it's always good to pinpoint people in the audience and have a bit of banter with them.

"If you're playing on stage you should be having a good time.

"You've got an ability to play music and perform and entertain people and make them happy, why abuse that?

"It'll be great to come back to Darlington for the gig, it's a beautiful part of the country, the people are really friendly, and I'll be getting some chips and gravy when I'm up that way."

Doors open from 7pm, with the show starting at 8pm.

Tickets cost £12 and are available here.

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