Skindred announce New Zealand date

Saturday 10 February 2024

Welsh metal stalwarts Skindred are coming to NZ for the very first time for one show only.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most enthralling live bands on the planet, Skindred, produce the toughest and most infectious metal riffs colliding with the biggest, phattest hip hop and reggae grooves, cutting edge electronics and a razor-sharp pop sensibility. In addition Benji Webbe frontman of Skindred has promised to bring his most famous invention of all to NZ “the Newport Helicopter”. If you don't know what that is, you will certainly find out on the night.

Skindred most recent album “Smile” went straight to number 2 on the official UK album charts upon its release, with the lead single “Gimme That Boom” amassing over 9 million streams on Spotify alone.

As well as recently topping the UK album charts, the band went to number 1 on the new alternative album charts in the US. Showing that their truly unique sound is rapidly expanding globally.

Skindred, have been a perennial force for musical invention and remorseless positivity since emerging back in 1998 from the ashes of Dubwar. Over the course of eight universally praised studio albums – Babylon (2002), Roots Rock Riot (2007), Shark Bites And Dog Fights (2009), Union Black (2011), Kill the Power (2014), Volume (2015), Big Tings (2018) and Smile (2023) Benji Webbe and his loyal henchmen – bassist Dan Pugsley, guitarist Mikey Demus and drummer Arya Goggins have created the ultimate spark-spraying state-of-the-art soundclash. Combining all manner of seemingly disparate musical elements into an irresistibly exhilarating explosion of energy and cross-pollinated cultural fervour has rightly earned them a reputation as a band capable of uniting people from all corners of the globe and making every last one of them tear up the dance floor with a giant grin plastered across their faces.

“There’s nothing better than being on stage with these guys,” says Arya. “Skindred is my favourite band and I’m so lucky to be part of this thing we’ve created. We’ve been all over the world but there are always new places to visit and new crowds to play for. Aotearoa, we can’t wait!”

Skindred Bio

Skindred is a British reggae rock band from Newport, Wales, formed in 1998.

The band was founded by vocalist Benji Webbe, who previously sang in a local

band called Dub War. Webbe was joined by bassist Daniel Pugsley, guitarist

Mikey Demus and drummer Jeff Rose. Skindred's sound is a mix of reggae,

metal, punk and various other genres. History of Skindred

Skindred released their debut album, Babylon, in 2002. The album was

certified gold in the UK and spawned the hit single “Nobody”, which reached #2

on the UK Singles Chart. Their follow-up album, Roots Rock Riot (2007) was

also a success, reaching #4 on the UK Albums Chart. This was followed by

their third album, Shark Bites and Dog Fights (2009) and their fourth album,

Union Black (2011).

Awards & Acclaim

Skindred have won several awards throughout their career including two

Kerrang! Awards for Best Live Band and Best British Newcomer in 2003. They

were also nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Album in 2007 and were voted

“Best Unsigned Band” in 2001 by Q Magazine.


Skindred has released eight studio albums to date: Babylon (2002), Roots Rock Riot (2007), Shark Bites And Dog Fights (2009), Union Black (2011), Kill the Power (2014), Volume (2015), Big Tings (2018) and Smile (2023)


Skindred has collaborated with a variety of artists including Lil Wayne, Slipknot

and Method Man. They have also performed at various festivals around the

world including Download Festival, Reading Festival and Glastonbury Festival.}