Top two-tone tunes will rock Fake Fest crowd

OFFBEAT Toby Brookes, Sam Jenkins, Dan Sawyers, Craig Mallis, Ian Jenkins and Stewart Rennie, six of the seven members of Offbeat Offensive
OFFBEAT Toby Brookes, Sam Jenkins, Dan Sawyers, Craig Mallis, Ian Jenkins and Stewart Rennie, six of the seven members of Offbeat Offensive

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THE final addition has been made to a day-long music festival of top tribute acts and local bands.

Offbeat Offensive were among dozens of bands who responded to our request for local acts to put themselves forward and complete the bill for Fake Fest.

They will join The Rolling Zones, Queen imitators Rhapsody, The Fool Fighters and fellow local act Stolen at the day being put on by The News at Castle Field in Southsea on October 1

Playing a mix of ska and reggae classics, as well as their own unique cover versions and original material, the Portsmouth seven-piece aim to get everyone up and dancing early on.

Their take on the Sam Cooke standard Twistin’ the Night Away is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Band co-founder Craig Mallis said: ‘Our primary goal is to get as many people dancing as possible – we’ve generally won most people over by the end of our set.

‘We pride ourselves in every member giving 100 per cent every second we’re on stage. We do this because we all love music.

‘We like to see new people at our shows, we are really just trying to get our music out there as much as possible.

‘We want to let people who were into this kind of music first time around that there are still people playing this sort of music now, as well as introduce people to it maybe for the first time.’

The band have already played a few impressive gigs – they’ve been supporting 2 Tone legends The Selecter in London, and they played a ska day at Southsea’s bandstand with the Racketeers that broke all attendance records.

They are also in the running for a slot at next May’s prestigious London International Ska Festival next May – out of more than 150 entries, they’re down to the last 20.

The band, completed by Sam Jenkins, Ian Jenkins, Dan Sawyers, Stewart Rennie, Rich Muscat, and Toby Brookes, are looking to record an album, but Craig added: ‘It’s all about the live show right now.’

Hanne Steffens, events co-ordinator for Johnston Press, The News’ parent company, chose the band. She said: ‘I was bombarded with emails from loads of bands who wanted to play.

‘I checked out their Myspace page and I thought they stood out from the crowd.

‘There’s a lot of hype going on around them locally so I think they will be a great addition to the bill.’