LESS THAN JAKE, THE PLANET SMASHERS, MEPHISKAPHELES, SweetLeaf & Young Royal @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

Sat Jun 22 2024

7:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Victoria Curling Club

1952 Quadra Street Victoria, BC V8T 4C2

$59.06

All Ages

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Returning to headline the whole damn thing for the second time is Gainesville, Florida’s legendary ska-punk stompers, LESS THAN JAKE! Their 2019 performance at Ship Point Inner Harbour was one of the most iconic in our festival’s history so bringing them back for a hot and sweaty encore in the Curling Club was a no-brainer. Led by the dual-vocal attack of co-frontmen Roger Lima and Chris Demakes, the group has made fans all over the globe with their infectious energy, sticky melodies, and hummable horn lines. Despite their humble beginnings in a Floridian college town, the group quickly built a grassroots audience through relentless touring with the likes of Blink-182 and Descendents and innumerable appearances on the influential Vans Warped Tour. Albums such as 1998’s Hello Rockview and 2003’s Anthem remain touchstone releases in the ska-punk canon and the group continues to put out exceptional music over three decades into their career. A lot as changed in the world since they graced our festival five years ago, but what certainly hasn’t changed is the sense of joy and celebration that comes from a Less Than Jake performance.

 

From sunny Florida to snowy Montreal, joining Less Than Jake on the bill is none other than Canada’s finest ska-punk party-starters, THE PLANET SMASHERS! While this only marks their third appearance at the festival, the relationship between the band and the Victoria Ska & Reggae Society goes back decades. Fan-favourite songs such as the high-octane “Blind” and sunny “Surfing in Tofino” are guaranteed to a find a spot in the heart of any diehard ska fan. Not only has the band shared its own incredible music with the masses, frontman Matt Colyer is also the co-founder of Stomp Records, the beloved label that helped launch the careers of bands such as Bedouin Soundclash, Belvedere, and The Flatliners. Warming up the stage with the power of hellfire is New York City’s MEPHISKAPHELES. Blending elements of ska, punk, metal, and avant-garde jazz with campy satanic imagery, the group has amassed a serious cult following among punks, skins, and rudies looking for something a bit more adventurous (and blasphemous). Kicking things off are local legends SWEETLEAF who played the festival an unprecedented seven consecutive years from 2013 to 2019. After playing a raucous reunion show in late 2023, the boys are back and better than ever. Lastly, keeping the vibes hot between bands will be YOUNG ROYAL. A long-time friend of the festival, this Bay Area-via-Vancouver selector has a deep crate of ska and rocksteady scorchers that are guaranteed to keep your feet moving. This may be the best evening of ska-punk in the festival’s 25 year history. Don’t miss out!

LESS THAN JAKE, THE PLANET SMASHERS, MEPHISKAPHELES, SweetLeaf & Young Royal @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

  • Less Than Jake

    Less Than Jake

    Ska Punk

  • THE PLANET SMASHERS

    THE PLANET SMASHERS

    Reggae

    An absolute staple in the Canadian music scene, The Smashers have been slinging their two-toney, punky, new wavee party ska to the four corners of the earth with an unapologetic middle finger raised on one hand and a double mai-tai cocktail firmly gripped in the other. The band has faced way more than their fair share of adversity over the years but have always managed to maintain an unequivocally positive and often hilarious approach to life; and this admirable attitude comes shining through in every single one of their songs.

    Too Much Information is The Planet Smashers’ ninth full-length album and adds another illustrious set of bangers to their 25 year legacy of unbelievably addictive songwriting and defiant debauchery. These fourteen songs run through a diverse collection of themes ranging from the culture of over-sharing (Too Much Information) to being obsessed by love (Can’t Stop) to eating far too much ice-cream (Brain Freeze) to that one time a couple years back when Matt Smasher broke his neck in four places after a show in Sherbrooke (Break My Neck A Love Song). One thing’s for damn sure, you just can’t keep a good band down.
  • Mephiskapheles

    Mephiskapheles

    Ska Punk

    Mephiskapheles, the band that helped define modern day ska, then defied critics by exploring even greater possibilities with its darkly original ska fusion, forges ahead with amazing shows and new music on the way.

    Formed in the East Village of New York City in 1991, Mephiskapheles played its first show on Long Island. From day one, the band began attracting a diverse, dedicated fan base.

    Sold-out NYC gigs led to tours with the Buzzcocks and GWAR, and hits on the Hawaiian Islands Chart with three singles from the band's first album, 1994's God Bless Satan, produced by Bill Laswell.

    While touring relentlessly, Mephiskapheles followed-up in 1997 with Maximum Perversion, a jazz-influenced work that didn't take long to be hailed as a classic. A deal in 1999 with Koch Records resulted in the band's hard-hitting, exploratory third album, Might-Ay White-Ay. The band released the self-titled EP Mephiskapheles in 2015, featuring the single "Satan Stole My Weed," an instant classic. Never Born Again, an EP released in 2019, brings the band back full circle to its dark and melodic roots.

    ​Fronted by lead singer Grylli aka Invidious aka the Nubian Nightmare, along with the hottest rhythm section in New York, and the Horns of Hell, Mephiskapheles spreads its evil seed with an ongoing reissue program, epic shows, and new music on the way.

  • SWEETLEAF

    SWEETLEAF

    Reggae

  • Young Royal

    Young Royal

    Rock Steady

    Young Royal spins the best in soul, rocksteady, reggae and ska. Now residing in the Bay Area California where he was originally from we don't forget that Young Royal lived in Vancouver for many years and was a member of The Valuables (now defunct) and DJed at various shows throughout Vancouver, Seattle and other parts of the Northwest.

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LESS THAN JAKE, THE PLANET SMASHERS, MEPHISKAPHELES, SweetLeaf & Young Royal @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

Sat Jun 22 2024 7:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Victoria Curling Club Victoria BC
LESS THAN JAKE, THE PLANET SMASHERS, MEPHISKAPHELES, SweetLeaf & Young Royal @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

$59.06 All Ages

Returning to headline the whole damn thing for the second time is Gainesville, Florida’s legendary ska-punk stompers, LESS THAN JAKE! Their 2019 performance at Ship Point Inner Harbour was one of the most iconic in our festival’s history so bringing them back for a hot and sweaty encore in the Curling Club was a no-brainer. Led by the dual-vocal attack of co-frontmen Roger Lima and Chris Demakes, the group has made fans all over the globe with their infectious energy, sticky melodies, and hummable horn lines. Despite their humble beginnings in a Floridian college town, the group quickly built a grassroots audience through relentless touring with the likes of Blink-182 and Descendents and innumerable appearances on the influential Vans Warped Tour. Albums such as 1998’s Hello Rockview and 2003’s Anthem remain touchstone releases in the ska-punk canon and the group continues to put out exceptional music over three decades into their career. A lot as changed in the world since they graced our festival five years ago, but what certainly hasn’t changed is the sense of joy and celebration that comes from a Less Than Jake performance.

 

From sunny Florida to snowy Montreal, joining Less Than Jake on the bill is none other than Canada’s finest ska-punk party-starters, THE PLANET SMASHERS! While this only marks their third appearance at the festival, the relationship between the band and the Victoria Ska & Reggae Society goes back decades. Fan-favourite songs such as the high-octane “Blind” and sunny “Surfing in Tofino” are guaranteed to a find a spot in the heart of any diehard ska fan. Not only has the band shared its own incredible music with the masses, frontman Matt Colyer is also the co-founder of Stomp Records, the beloved label that helped launch the careers of bands such as Bedouin Soundclash, Belvedere, and The Flatliners. Warming up the stage with the power of hellfire is New York City’s MEPHISKAPHELES. Blending elements of ska, punk, metal, and avant-garde jazz with campy satanic imagery, the group has amassed a serious cult following among punks, skins, and rudies looking for something a bit more adventurous (and blasphemous). Kicking things off are local legends SWEETLEAF who played the festival an unprecedented seven consecutive years from 2013 to 2019. After playing a raucous reunion show in late 2023, the boys are back and better than ever. Lastly, keeping the vibes hot between bands will be YOUNG ROYAL. A long-time friend of the festival, this Bay Area-via-Vancouver selector has a deep crate of ska and rocksteady scorchers that are guaranteed to keep your feet moving. This may be the best evening of ska-punk in the festival’s 25 year history. Don’t miss out!

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All Ages
limit 10 per person
Early Bird Advance
$59.06 ($49.50 + $9.56 fees)

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Will Call