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First Ska and Mod Weekender sets the two-tone at Bishop's Stortford Social Club

Richard Ramsden (12919096)
Richard Ramsden (12919096)

Bishop's Stortford Social Club's first Ska and Two-tone Mod Weekender was an electrifying event.

Despite a power cut on Saturday, which temporarily shut down the outside performance area in South Street, hundreds of music fans enjoyed non-stop performances from bands and DJs on both days.

The town's more mature Rude Boys and Girls, complete with pork pie hats, danced in the sunshine to Jamaican dance hall classics, sounds of the 60s and the ska and mod revival of the 1980s while enjoying burgers and sausages from a barbecue and a range of cold drinks from the beer tent.

Rude Boys (12919098)
Rude Boys (12919098)

There was also a Northern Soul room, a stall selling new and vintage Mod and skinhead styles and a street food outlet serving authentic Jamaican food like jerk chicken.

Bands on the improvised stage in the social club's car park cranking out the classics included Scooterist sounds from Trojan Beats, The Most, The Signs and Not Quite Jeff, reggae from the Lloyd McGrath Collective, punk style from Kix and Mod and Ska from The Iconics and Skalites.

Former St Joseph's Catholic School pupil and Ska nut Richard Ramsden delved into his collection of 10,000 tunes for a series of DJ sets during the weekend.

He said: "Saturday was really busy and it's all gone really well."

A veteran of ska and rude boy festivals across the country, he is a new member of the social club and hoped the event organised by manager Valda Edmunds would become a permanent fixture of Bishop's Stortford live music calendar.

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