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The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows.
With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals. As well as headlining shows, the Emperials have worked with and supported great artists, including; Desmond Dekker, The Skatalites, Neville Staples (the Specials), The Beat, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Pauline Black, Rhoda Dakar, Jenny Belle, Secret Affair and Rik Butler (the Jam).
With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more.
"How are we supposed to follow that?" Ranking Roger (The Beat)
"Absolutely amazing guys, best gig I've been to for years" V-Dub festival reveller.
"You sounded tight, weighty and totally awesome, and everyone had a great time"
"Fantastic, that's how I wanted it to sound when I wrote it" Roddy Radiation (The Specials)