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23/01/2014 | Skindred – Mo’Club – Southampton

Elise Price


It’s time for the band to start playing, the crowd are already sweaty from a great performance by Soil, and the usual screams flare up when the lights go down. Instead of the band walking on stage to start one of their songs, however, we get treated to a light and laser show set to the tune of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. Going dark again, we hear a dub-step remix of The Imperial March from Star Wars as the band take to the stage. It’s a theatrical opening in a small venue that puts a huge smile on my face.

A couple of songs in, Benji does something I don’t think I’ve seen before. He asks if there is anyone from Southampton in the room (of course there is), and then asks if there is anyone from Porstmouth in the room. He then addresses a between-town rivalry that has been present for years, saying “I don’t care where you’re from, there’s only one kind of people here tonight…” Spreading the message of love. Later in the set he then goes on to say he has no time for anyone who is here to hate for any reason, and that all they should be concerned about is the music and love.

Skindred have always been masters of multi genre fusion, and one of the fun things about seeing them live is finding out which songs they’re going to sample. One of my favourites of the night is towards the end of the set, where a mass singalong starts to Toxicity by System of  a Down. It makes the set all the more unpredictable, and there is a great moment when, during Trouble, the band break into Metallica’s Sad But True riff. Trouble resumes with people flying everywhere.

Warning closes the set, complete with the famous Newport Helicopter. It’s hard to think of a better way to end the show than to have items of clothing flying in circles above the crowds heads.