Legends of fun time ska, BAD MANNERS return to Australia and New Zealand in 2018 for a Greatest Hits Tour. Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel, the man famous for his shiny bald head and giant personality, BAD MANNERS have a huge setlist of ska jubilation – Walking In The Sunshine, Lorraine, Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew, Just A Feeling, Skinhead Love Affair, My Girl Lollipop, Inner London Violence and of course the ultimate knees up Can Can.
Very Special Guest on this tour will be rude-girl queen of ska-pop JENNIE BELLE STAR (aka Jennie Matthias), lead singer of much treasured London all-girl 80’s band THE BELLE STARS. Formed out of the ashes of 2-Tone ska revivalists The Bodysnatchers, THE BELLE STARS signed to the home of Madness (Stiff Records) and proceeded to storm the UK charts with a succession of fabulously exuberant ska romps. Having toured the world with the likes of Madness, the Beat and The Clash, Jennie will perform a set of skankin’ standards and THE BELLE STARS classics including Sign of the Times, as well as their Two Australian Top 10 singles, Iko Iko and The Clapping Song.
“Part nostalgia, part celebration, but total enjoyment and heartfelt smiles” – Glam Adelaide
BAD MANNERS quickly became the favourites of the Ska movement through their on-stage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops TV exploits and an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze.
At their peak popularity during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when ska revivalist such as Madness, The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter filled the charts, Bad Manners spent a staggering 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983.
“From start to finish, the show is full of almost obnoxious amounts of energy.” – SongKick.com
One of the main reasons for BAD MANNERS’ notoriety was their outlandish huge-tongued and generously proportioned frontman, Buster Bloodvessel. His manic exploits got them banned from the British BBC TV chart show Top of the Pops… and they were also banned from Italian TV after Bloodvessel, having being told that the Pope was watching, mooned the audience. Don’t recall seeing anything like that on Countdown!
Get ready for a non-stop party with Buster and the boys for all their Greatest Hits… This is Ska!
“It’s a school-outing that’s never stopped for us. We started in ‘76 and we’ve never stopped. We’ve always played live shows everywhere. We have good fun.” – Buster Bloodvessel
Bad Manners Australian and NZ Tour Dates
Wednesday May 9th CHRISTCHURCH – The Foundry
Thursday 10th May WELLINGTON – San Fran
Friday 11th May NAPIER – The Cabana
Saturday 12th May AUCKLAND – Studio
Sunday 13th May Tauranga – Totara St.
Wednesday 16th May CASTLEMAIN – Theatre Royal
Thursday 17th May FRANKSTON – Pier
Friday 18th May MELBOURNE – Croxton Bandroom
Saturday 19th SYDNEY – Manning Bar
Sunday 20th May NEWCASTLE – Cambridge Hotel
Wednesday 23rd May MIAMI – Miami Tavern
Thursday 24th May BRISBANE – The Zoo
Friday 25th May ADELAIDE – The Gov
Saturday 26th May PERTH – Rosemount Hotel
Sunday 27th May FREMANTLE – Mojo’s
Pre-Sale – Thursday 18th January, 9am – 11:59pm (Local time)
On Sale – Friday 19th January, 9am (Local time)