The revival is coming. If you're ready for thumping double bass, raucous four-part harmony and honking horns then it's time to dust off your boots and your sharpest gear and join us on the dance floor!
King Zepha sign record deal with Happy People Records!
We are delighted to announce that we have signed to Happy People Records. They will be releasing our third album, "King Zepha's Northern Sound", in April this year. A preorder for the album is available now at https://happypeoplerecords1.bandcamp.com. There will only be a limited run of 300 LPs being made and the first 50 LPs and CDs come signed. We are chuffed to be joining the Happy People family, which also includes artists such as Phoenix City Allstars and Pama International. Onwards and upwards!
Thu 15 Feb - Smokestack, Leeds, UK Fri 16 Feb - The Underground, Bradford, UK Fri 23 Mar - The Northern Quarter, Huddersfield, UK Wed 11 Apr - The Anchor Inn, Wingham, UK Thu 12 Apr - Snuffel, Brugge, BE Fri 13 Apr - Jan Van Gent, Gent, BE Sat 14 Apr - Cultuurkapel de Schaduw, Ardooie, BE Sun 15 Apr - The Old Farmhouse, Southampton, UK Fri 20 Apr - Skamouth Festival, Great Yarmouth, UK Thu 3 May - Sela Bar, Leeds, UK Sat 26 May - Nice n Sleazy Festival, Morecambe, UK Sun 17 Jun - The Donkey, Leicester, UK Sat 25 Aug - Roman Lakes, Marple, UK Sat 25 Aug (late) - Domino Club, Leeds, UK Sun 26 Aug - The Ainsty, York, UK Fri 31 Aug - Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds, UK Thu 13 Dec - Sela Bar, Leeds, UK
Upcoming gigs in 2017... 13 January - Arches Venue, Coventry, UK 22 February - Smokestack, Leeds, UK 28 February - Al's Dime Bar, Bradford, UK 6 April - The Grove, Leeds, UK 8 April - The Polar Bear, Hull, UK 7 May - The 2-Tone Village, Coventry, UK 13 May - Favestival, Doncaster, UK 28 May - Blues Bar, Harrogate, UK 2 June - Something To Smile About Festival, Doncaster, UK 3 June - Woodnestock Festival, Wingham, UK 4 June - The Lighthouse, Deal, UK 14 July - Cask Corner Dive Bar, Doncaster, UK 15 July - Bananallama Festival, Matlock, UK 16 July - The Donkey, Leicester, UK 18 July - The Old Barn, Portsmouth, UK 19 July - Neptune Beer Emporium, Chesterfield, UK 27 August - Kirkstall Bridge Beer Festival, Leeds, UK 16 September - Saltaire Festival, Bradford, UK 1 October - The 2-Tone Village, Coventry, UK 28 October - Skalloween Festival, Dumfries, UK 24 November - Moon On The Water, Cleethorpes, UK 16 December - The Blind Pig, Halifax, UK
We're delighted to announce that King Zepha are supporting the legendary originators of ska & rocksteady The Skatalites on their 2016 UK tour. King Zepha will be appearing on the following dates:
17 November 2016 Hare & Hounds Birmingham Details/tickets: https://www.gigantic.com/the-skatalites-hare-and-hounds-2016-11-17-19-00
20 November 2016 The Wardrobe Leeds Details/tickets: http://www.thewardrobe.co.uk/event/the-skatalites-2/
It's a real honour to asked to support The Skatalites as they've been a huge influence on our sound and, due to another booking, we missed them last time they were in the UK. We really can't wait for this one!
Saturday 16th July sees the launch of our new all dayer, REVIVAL! The event is taking place at St. Bartholomew's Social Club, Wesley Road, Leeds 12, and will feature live music from King Zepha and guests, plus REVIVAL! DJs playing ska, jump jive, bluebeat, reggae, dub, afrobeat & dancehall. There will also be a jerk chicken BBQ and ridiculous drinks offers. Please visit: www.facebook.com/armleyrevival for more info
We're delighted to announce the following live shows in 2016. We hope to see you there!
8 January - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK 9 January - Hootananny Brixton, London, UK 9 February - Al's Dime Bar, Bradford, UK 11 February - Sela Bar, Leeds, UK 12 February - Coastival Festival, Scarborough, UK 18 February - 100 Wardour Street, London, UK 4 March - The Blind Pig, Halifax, UK 24 March - London International Ska Festival, London, UK 25 March - The Lifeboat Tavern, Tenby, UK 26 March - Murph's Bar, Tramore, IRE 27 March - Tramore Ska & Reggae Festival, Tramore, IRE 9 April - Official Trojan Records Club Night, London, UK 10 April - The Lighthouse, Deal, UK 11 April - The Anchor, Wingham, UK 12 April - Priory Hotel, Dover, UK 13 April - Poortgebouwer, Rotterdam, NL 14 April - Cafe Molotov, Gent, BE 15 April - ACU, Utrecht, NL 15 April - Nooderlicht Cafe, NDSM, NL 16 April - OT301, Amsterdam, NL 17 April - ADM, Amsterdam, NL 1 May - Beaver Works, Leeds, UK 1 June - Smokestack, Leeds, UK 1 July - Skagate Festival, Margate, UK 2 July - Ska & Vintage Reggae All Dayer, Bradford, UK 10 July - Doncaster Brewery & Tap, Doncaster, UK 16 July - St. Bartholomew's Social Club, Leeds, UK 23 July - Underneath The Stars Festival, Barnsley, UK 29 July - Y Not Festival, Matlock, UK 12 August - Boomtown Fair, Winchester, UK 14 August - Froddington Arms, Southampton, UK 15 August - The Anchor, Wingham, UK 16 August - Moulin de Mandassagne, Villereal, FR 17 August - Casa Irla, Sant Feliu de Guixols, ES 18 August - Taverna del Pirata, Llanca, ES 19 August - L'entonnoir, Prades, FR 21 August - ADM, Amsterdam, NL 22 August - Cafe Monumentje, Amsterdam, NL 23 August - Bajesdorp, Amsterdam, NL 24 August - Jan Van Gent, Gent, BE 25 August - Bedroom Bar, London, UK 26 August - Cask Corner Dive Bar, Doncaster, UK 27 August - Bridge Inn Beer Festival, Leeds, UK 28 August - Unity Works, Wakefield, UK 17 September - Skabour Festival, Folkestone, UK 8 October - The Polar Bear, Hull, UK 1 November - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK 12 November - Unity Works, Wakefield, UK 17 November - The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK (w/The Skatalites) 20 November - The Wardrobe, Leeds, UK (w/The Skatalites) 23 November - The Neptune, Chesterfield, UK 9 December - The Blind Pig, Halifax, UK 31 December - Sela Bar, Leeds, UK
We are delighted to announce that we're opening next year's London International Ska Festival (alongside Intensified and the legendary Stranger Cole) and performing a headline show at Tramore Ska & Reggae Festival in Ireland. Man, are we looking forward to next Easter! Then, in September we're heading to Skabour in Folkestone for some seaside ska times :)
The album is available as a limited edition double CD (in a double card wallet - like a miniature double vinyl sleeve) or as a digital download. Part 1, which is based on a '70s mixtape, features nine original tracks, two dubs and an instrumental reworking of Desmond Dekker's Israelites. Part 2 is a live recording of a night club gig in the band's native Leeds.