This year's Folkestone Skabour Festival has been widely reported as being a huge success with a dramatic increase in the number of attendees ensuring even Sunday's downpour was unable to dampen the weekend's enjoyment.
The spectacular Trojan Lawn proved a particular favourite, with Toast of dancewebradio's 'The Ska Shack' on-line radio show reporting:
"Over the weekend, a little piece of Jamaica came to Folkestone, tucked away in a corner behind the main Skabour arena. The Trojan Lawn with its freshly-laid astro turf hosted the DownBeat Melody Sound System, which pumped out a contunal supply of hard and heavy music, against a backdrop of posters of classic Trojan LP covers, which adorned the walls.
Traditional sounds were the order of the day, courtesy of the Boss DJs, Steve Rice, Phil Enthucol, Tiny T, and Jim Cox, each with there own styles and signature tunes.
The music ranged from Trojan Classics to Studio One; from Pama to Punch; slow Rock Steady to pumping Ska - with Skinhead Reggae naturally getting the most attention. And all played on 7" 45's.
As we sat, danced, and chatted under the hot sun, we could of been in Kingston, with the sweet smell of jerk chicken and rice & Peas wafting through the yard. As each tune was played - some familiar and some not - the crowd responded, skanking to the tunes. We were in heaven!
Sunday was sadly cloudy and cold, but the tunes from Phil, Port Jam and the JJ's warmed us up, preventing even the rain from dampening our spirits.
All in all, a top weekend, that I didn't want to stop. Roll on next year!"
Amen to that - and a big thank you to all those who organised, particpated in and attended the festival. See you there next year!
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