I'm a freelance writer living in Birmingham. I like Classic Rock, 70s pop music, football and interviewing celebrities. Follow me on Twitter: @andycoleman9
Ragga rock in all its glory
Ragga rockers Skindred are back in Birmingham on April 29, 2018, a couple of days after the release of their new album, Big Tings. The Welsh outfit play the city's O2 Institute, the final date on a UK tour that begins at the UEA in Norwich on April 19.
You may have already heard the first teaser track from Big Tings – Machine has been used as both the intro and outro theme to AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's TV showCars that Rock. The track features Reef frontman Gary Stringer guesting alongside the band's own Benji Webbe on vocals – with Motorhead's Phil Campbell taking the honours on the guitar solo.
Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus says: ''The album's name hopefully says it all, you can expect some seriously Big Tings from Skindred! We've thrown away the rulebook and pushed ourselves harder than ever to create the biggest, baddest and most banging songs we could muster. We can't wait to start unleashing this new stuff on the world, so prepare yourselves for some Big Tings!''
The band formed in Newport, South Wales, 20 years ago, with their potent mix of heavy metal, alternative rock and reggae quickly attracting an enthusiastic following. Studio albums Babylon (2002), Roots Rock Riot (2007), Shark Bites And Dog Fights (2009) and Union Black (2011) showcased the musical melting pot that appealed to both punks and headbangers.
Following the release of their fifth studio album, Kill the Power, in 2014, the band signed to Napalm Records, releasing the album Volume in 2015. The current line-up is vocalist Benji Webbe, bassist Daniel Pugsley, guitarist Mikey Demus and drummer Arya Goggin.
Skindred 2018 UK tour dates:
April 19: UEA, Norwich; April 20: O2 Guildhall, Southampton; April 21: Rock City, Nottingham; April 22: Academy, Manchester; April 24: O2 ABC, Glasgow; April 25: 02 Academy, Bristol; April 27: O2 Academy, Leeds;
April 28: 02 Academy, Brixton, London;
April 29: O2 Institute, Birmingham.