One of the forerunners of the ska music movement to perform in Stroud


Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy, is bringing his band to Gloucestershire.

Neville is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His more than thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials, & FunBoy3 in the late ’70s and ’80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the ’90s up to the present day.

Neville’s vocal style is toasting or chanting over a rhythm, as well as singing. Influenced by the new style of rapping which was brought to Britain in the 1960s by musicians from Jamaica. Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and his departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band, The Neville Staple Band, at venues and festival appearances worldwide.

In 2013 Neville produced a new album called ‘Ska Crazy’ with his band for release May 2014, which includes old ska classic covers and brand new material. His wife Christine Sugary Staple and long time friend Daddy Woody, a Jamaican DJ/Artist, also provide vocals on the album.

In 2017 ‘Return Of Judge Roughneck’ and on Sept 21, he is at The Subscription Rooms in Stroud Gloucestershire to bring an energetic night of ska infused fun. Supported by The Cuginis, this will be a night not to be missed.

Tickets cost £16-£18 and are on sale now.