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Hire a Ska Band

Looking for ska bands for hire? Headliner has a range of acts who play ska music, be they original or tribute acts. Whether you want to hire a ska band or a reggae band (or a ska reggae mix!), Headliner has a plethora of options for you.

Think of Ska and it conjures images of Madness 'Baggy Trousers' or The Specials 'Too Much, Too Young' at weddings and parties. The Ska era of the late 70s and early 80s was a revival started by Desmond Dekker and The Skatalites in the early 60s. This was later continued by bands such as Reel Big Fish and No Doubt in the late 80s and 90s.

Originating in Jamaica with influences spanning Calypso, Reggae and R&B. Ska bands are perfect to get the party started and keep your guests dancing or 'Skanking' all night long.

Headliner helps you source and book great soloists, bands and DJs for your wedding, party or corporate event. Headliner helps you find the best ska bands for hire in your area.

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    • Skamite

      Band act for hire
      Did you wear brogues, Fred Perry T-Shirts and skank to Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials? Do you like all the Ska, Reggae, 2-Tone & Mod classics, and wanna be entertained? Then you'll love SKAMITE! Borne out of the ska scene in Essex and now the premier name in town, it's no wonder the ...
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      Fee from £1500
    • The Estimators

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      The Estimators are the ultimate and unique party experience. The Estimators are a splendid vibrant traditional Jamaican ska band hailing out of London. These true Jamaican ska music roots warriors get nothing less than 'total music respect' with their full respect showing to the music ...
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      Fee from £1500

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      REMINISCE REGGAE BAND was formed in August 2008 by Charles Nelson, bringing together a team of top session musicians well seasoned in all styles of Jamaican music, styles include Ska Reggae Rocksteady and more, as session musicians our band members have collectively our individually worked with ...
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      Fee from £1500
    • Last Train to Skaville

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      All aboard the Last Train to Skaville! Leaving Kingston, Jamaica 1963 arriving in Coventry 1979. From Studio 1 to 2 Tone, join us on the musical journey of ska! This fantastic 9-piece band will play all the ska hits from The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and ...
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      Fee from £1900
    • Baked A La Ska

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      Fee from £2500
    • Mainly Madness

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      Renown for being one of the most entertaining tributes on the circuit, not only a tribute to the great band, Madness, but also to other ska and 2 Tone legends, the Specials, Bad Manners, the Beat, Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster etc. Don't take our word for it, see them ...
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      Fee from £1209

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      A vibrant, high energy tribute to the classics of Mod, Ska and 2-Tone
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      Fee from £1250
    • Ska Wars

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      The 2Tone Scene is an international phenomenon. Ska and Rocksteady have a great natural rhythm and we defy anyone to stop themselves from dancing when it kicks in. Have you seen Ska Wars perform live? If so you'll know what we're talking about. You'll rarely see so much energy on stage and so ...
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      Fee from £1300
    • Blondie and Ska

      Blondie and Ska Tribute recreates classic tunes from Blondie, Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, Bob Marley, The Jam, The Who and more. Blondie and Ska Tribute has over 30 years of performance experience, including over 800 hours of live performances at over 100's of different venues across the ...
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    One thing you can count on is the movement of time, days, months, and years. You can also count on the occurrence of special occasions, events, parties, celebrations, and ceremonies along the way.

    Just think, there are milestones to celebrate such as a 21st birthday, a 50th wedding anniversary, the day one actually gets married, and/or the day one graduates university. Aside from milestones, there are holiday parties, feel-good backyard gatherings, professional engagements and corporate events (i.e. festivals, fundraisers, fairs), fancy galas, family reunions, intimate dinners, and more.

    All of these instances have one thing in common – inviting and booking live entertainment and performers enhance them all. Hiring local ska bands not only boosts attendance or increase donations at fundraisers, they also keep guests entertained.

    We've all attended uninspiring, boring events, at least once or twice in our lives. And, we've all likely said to ourselves, "It was a cool event, but the only thing missing was some type of entertainment."

    While having fun is the easy part, trying to hire a ska band has been a stressful and difficult process for some time. From having the time to research acts and sending emails to negotiating terms and prices, securing live entertainment was once an overwhelming task.

    That was until was launched.

    With a vision to make booking live entertainment simpler and more accessible, Headliner was launched in June 2015. Essentially, Headliner is an online marketplace that connects world-class artists with event professionals and bookers looking to hire a ska band.

    Being seasoned music industry professionals and understanding the plight of musicians, along with having experienced the challenging consumer side of trying to book wedding ska bands for their special day, the founders incorporated two major components to benefit both sides:

    1. An in-house team that conducts a stringent and continuous vetting and review process to ensure quality musicians and performers.
    2. Permitting musicians to manage their own bookings, from start to finish, allowing them to earn a sustainable living doing what they do best, as well as control their own careers.

    Gone are the days of sifting through pages of search results, missed phone calls, delayed emails, and bad contracts. Simply put, Headliner has eased the task of hiring ska bands for parties, special events, ceremonies, or other occasions requiring live entertainment.

    Headliner's streamlined process for finding a ska band for hire, to them actually showing up to your event, starts with a simple artist search.

    Bookers can either search the 'Artists of the week', which is presented on the search page or use the 'Refine Your Search' feature to find and narrow down an exact match by using the following search criteria: event location, event date, price range, act name, performance type, genres, and event types.

    For those who take to Google to search "how to hire a ska band near me" or "ska bands near me", need to search no further. Searching on Headliner, anyone can zero-in on specific locations to find the acts they are looking for.

    Throughout the searching process, bookers have the ability to click on any musician profile to acquire more information. From bios, videos of them in action, and their preferred event types to learning their specializations, listening to their music, and viewing their availability calendar. It's never been easier to hire a ska band.

    Bookers can also use the ‘Wish List' feature to curate a collection of their favorite Headliner acts. Whether used to organize choices to make a final decision or to simply revisit profiles, creating a list of potential acts will definitely come in handy.

    All carefully vetted, musicians can be messaged directly through the platform, with details of your event. A free no-obligation quote can be requested as well (no booking fees); responses are typically received within 48 hours.

    Once a decision has been made to book a ska band, the act can be confirmed by paying the requested deposit through a safe and secure booking system. As an added bonus, all payments are held in an escrow account, only to be released to the musician 48 hours after the event. This is to ensure 100% satisfaction.

    In addition, Headliner invites all frequent bookers to sign up for the Reward Scheme program. Refer friends, family, or colleagues to Headliner and receive cash back and/or vouchers when they make their first booking.

    Lastly, Headliner offers an exclusive concierge service, "H", which is a premium specialist service connecting agencies, brands, and event planners directly to global talent.

    With a mixture of backgrounds in events, music journalism and performance, design, marketing, web development, and tech, the Headliner team prides itself on being the go-to online platform to find and hire the best in live entertainment – that's simple, affordable, and reliable, no matter the type of event.

    All in all, is the answer for all of your live entertainment booking needs.

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