LOS ANGELES, CA – January 20, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The annual Skanking Reggae Fest is officially back and will be held for the first time at the Shrine Expo Hall of Los Angeles on March 20th. The first bands announced to participate in the festival include Reel Big Fish, Panteon Rococo, El Gran Silencio, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Inspector, Raskahuele, 8 Kalacas and Dub Club DJs. Tickets for the Reggae Skanking Festival will be available this Friday, January 22nd via AXS.com and directly at the Shrine Expo Hall box office.
During the festival’s previous five years, it’s initial and continuing purpose has been to solidify this country’s Latin ska and reggae scene. It has already presented dozens of ska, punk and reggae groups from all over Latin America since its successful debut in 2010 in Pico Rivera in West Los Angeles. This year will be the first time that the lineup will internationally extend and include ska and punk groups in English. The full lineup will be announced soon.
Adrian Antonio Gonzalez, owner of iHomi and Bolochos, young musician, promoter and founder of growing Skanking Reggae Fest comments, “Since the first edition of the festival, we noticed that there is a high demand in the Los Angeles region for ska and reggae bands that are of quality from Latin America and Southern California. This year we look forward in working with American bands that sing in English to prove that ska is much bigger and more massive than a local movement, and that it can unite regardless of the language spoken.”
This will also be the first year that the festival is being supported and presented by Goldenvoice, the producers behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Fest, among others. “We wanted to get involved to be able to give a bigger platform to the talent of this genre: both the established bands and the new generation. We see that there is a need to promote and support the movement in order to help develop this scene that is looking for the right space to grow,” mentions Isaac Safdeye, Festival co-promoter of Goldenvoice.
In relation to the idea of combining established ska groups in both languages with this festival, Safdeye adds that “the concept of making a bilingual show is a pioneering step towards the future of the music industry in this country.”
Ticket sales for the sixth edition of Skank Reggae Fest will begin this Friday, January 22nd at 10 a.m. (PST) through AXS.com and at the Shrine Expo Hall box office. A limited amount of early bird tickets can be purchased for $35. Regular price can be purchased for $50. Tickets day of Show starts from $60.
For more information about Skanking Reggae Fest 2016 contact:
Press / Publicity: Elena Rodrigo (ER:M+M) – www.elenarodrigo.com 818 693 2715 – EMAIL Vendor & Sponsor Opportunities: Isaac Safdeye 213-663-9707 – EMAIL
Founded in 2000, Bolochos is a ska and reggae shop located in downtown Los Angeles, CA. In addition to selling ska and reggae apparel and customized band merchandise, Bolochos has produced and promoted concerts in the Southern California region by some of the biggest names in the Latin America ska and reggae scene such as Los Cafres (Argentina), Gondwana (Chile) and Panteon Rococó (Mexico).
Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival, also operates successful Los Angeles music venues including the Fonda Theatre, El Rey Theatre, Shrine Auditorium, Club Nokia and Microsoft Theater. Beginning as an independent punk rock promoter in the early 1980s, Goldenvoice grew to be the preeminent alternative promoter in Southern California by forging strong relationships with both bands and music fans. Goldenvoice promotes over 1800 concerts a year in California, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii and Canada.