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After more than three decades, Roddy Byers, aka Roddy Radiation, is stepping away from the side of the stage as The Specials’ lead guitarist and into the spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of the Skabilly Rebels.

Roddy and his Skabilly Rebels are the next phase of an audio formula Byers has been working to perfect since the day he stepped into the recording studio with the Specials back in the ’80s – a fusion of the driving rhythm of ska and the gritty edge of rockabilly.

With the Skabilly Rebel’s debut album, Blues Attack!, Byers and his boys Sam Smith (rhythm guitar), Matt Hart (drums), Mac (bass), and Jay Jones (keyboards) bring this sound screaming into beautiful reality.

They play at The Cellars at Eastney on Friday, November 10. Tickets are £8 advance, £10 on the door. Doors open 8pm. Go to thecellars.co.uk