Here at Devizine Towers we’re so excited about this event a little bit of wee comes out just thinking about it. So rockers beware, I’ve added a whole page devoted to the Devizes Scooter Rally 2019.
Yeah I know right, waiting like a whole year and half before you need to iron your two-tone suit, but check back here for updated details as and when they come in.
So, here’s what we know so far, which is enough to make a song and skank about:
When be the 5th-7th July 2019. Where be the New Inn, Coate, which is two and half miles east of Devizes town centre, nine minutes by car or fifty minute walk. There will be a campsite with showers promised, so pack your Christmas Lynx Deodorant set.
There’s a custom show and a ride-out on Saturday for those scooter enthusiasts; I’ll watch your pint for you.
Here’s the fantabulous thang though, you don’t need a scooter, I ain’t got one; just there for the atmosphere and music. No need even to pinch your daughter’s Hello Kitty one, unless you really have to you big baby you, for there will be an outside bar, selection of food and trade stalls, fun and games for the kids, and more. Who knows what more, that remains to be seen at this early stage.
Important facts first then; there be DJ’s yet to be announced, (UPDATE: renowned DJ TERRY HENDRICK has been booked) but a fantastic live band line-up has been revealed, see below for inside info on them.
Founded in 1996, Orange Street is an amalgamation of Southampton and Portsmouth’s finest ska musicians. Upon asking them their genre they’ll tell you, “um, ska, ska, and ska,” and ask them their interests and they’ll reply, “ska, beer and ska, with a hint of cider.”
Named after the legendary Street in downtown Kingston, the heart and soul of Jamaican music, where the first ska recordings were made at Studio One, and Orange Street citing influences from Madness, The Specials and Bad Manners to Desmond Dekker, Toots & the Maytals and The Skatalites, I’ve a strong suspicion this band set to play some most welcomed ska!
Band members include; Stewart Rennie (Trumpet) Andy Melbourne (Trombone) and Mike Edwards (Tenor Sax,) Lee Fletcher (Rhythm/Lead Guitars) and Vijay Burner (Guitar & Vocals,) Chris Woods (Bass Guitar,) and Joff Staple (Drums.)
They’re prolifically gigging this year, at scooter rallies, festivals and with the mighty Dualers; hope Devizes will show them the respect they deserve!
Performing music by iconic artists such as The Who, The Specials, The Jam, The Small Faces, Toots & The Maytals, The Selecter, Gloria Jones, Bad Manners, Desmond Dekker. Madness, The Kinks, Secret Affair it’s a quality mixture apt for the rally!
The origins of the band go back 30 years to four young hopefuls from Canvey Island with a love of all things Mod. The Start was born at a Canvey Island comprehensive, playing local gigs to a large enthusiastic following.
They found national TV stardom appearing on Thames Television’s “Freetime,” but eventually drifted apart to individually pursue professional music jobs, including teaching and recording.
Fast forward to 2014 and from the demise of popular Essex bands, The Score and P45, a new version of The Start! was born, featuring original members, vocalist Brook Railton, and Rob Sigston on Guitar, with new drummer Dustin Lee Burgess. Former Secret Affair, Fay Hallam Trinity, and One Step Behind Bassist, Sean Kelly, joined in early 2015.
The band share a love of good music from the era where vinyl was king. The days where 7″ singles would spin on an old Dansette in the corner of a local youth club… The days when the Wigan Casino and the Twisted Wheel had packed dancefloors… The days when Weller and The Specials spoke to a generation….. I’m looking forward to these guys.
Hailing from Swindon, The Tribe are the UK’s freshest new Hip Hop, Reggae collective. Typically they blend hip hop drum grooves with smooth bass lines and classic offbeat reggae guitar skanks, promising to bring diversity and a sublime fresh sound to the Rally.
I caught them at CalneFest this year, if you follow my posts and recall; I was, at the time, overheating in Wilbur, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance bear costume, but when they changed the riff without warning and burst into upbeat ska, I couldn’t stop myself from bopping! Since, I’ve been wishing I could see them again, perhaps without being dressed as a giant teddy!
Vocally they execute sweet and soulful pop, which provides the perfect counterpoint to staccato rap verses. In previous reviews their show has been described as, “A benchmark for live shows that few bands on the local scene would even get close to,” and “a master class in accessible, enthralling music and stagecraft.”
We’ve covered The Erin Bardwell Collective a number to times on Devizine, to review the Swindon based rock steady outfit’s album Great Western Reggae Soundclash (here) and when, just last weekend I was chatting to Erin prior to playing the reunion gig for his old ska/two-tone band, The Skanxters.
I mentioned the Scooter Rally and Erin told me the band had each picked a boss reggae tune from the Trojan catalogue to practise, his was Ruddy Mills “John Jones,” so we should be treated to some classics as well as their own unique blend of various classic reggae styles.
Damn it, this is heating up now……
When newly formed local guys, Eazilyled came to last year’s Scooter Club family Fun Day, they rocked out some mod classics, from the Who to Beatles peaking at The Vapors “Turning Japanese,” it was loud, proud and they loved every minute of it. A few gigs later and they’re playing the local pub scene. I’m certain the Scooter Club will welcome them back with open arms.
And that’s what we have for you so far, plenty enough to tempt the taste buds. A lot can wobble by 2019 though, this in theory, is subject to change. The Devizes Scooter Club continue to support The Devizes & District Opportunity Centre, a preschool and advice centre for children with disabilities and learning difficulties; this event is no exception.
Here, to finish is what the Centre is about, in their own words.
Devizes and District Opportunity Centre is a small local, independent voluntary organisation managed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents and interested members of the community.
It was established in September 1978 by a small group of parents of children with special needs who got together to provide a pre-school playgroup which would cater for their children’s particular health and learning needs and also provide opportunities for themselves to meet together for mutual support and to get help and information from health professionals.
The group registered as an independent charity and opened in the old Devizes Sports Club Hut with 6 member children.
Humble beginnings but six years later we moved into a purpose built building in Belle Vue Road. Since then in response to the varying needs of our member families, changing influences in society, fluctuating political trends and Government legislation, we have continually adapted and improved. We are now a highly respected, effective, professional organisation designated as one of Wiltshire’s four District Specialist Centres.
However our ethos and overarching purpose remains exactly as it was at the outset; to provide the very best possible, therapeutic, early intervention and learning support for our member children together with vital support for their parents.