Lee Thompson by Mark Brown

Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra + DJ Martin The Mod

  • Friday | 24.05.13
  • 8.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £18.50 ON T...

One Step Beyond! Get ready for the heavy, heavy sound of the legendary Madness sax man and his madcap orchestra of sublime ska delights.

Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra were formed in the back streets of Hackney in the early months of 2011. They came together from North, East, South and West London with their common denominator being music, and in particular those good old Ska & Reggae rhythms that burst out of Jamaica in the mid to late 1960s. As well as his usual saxophone duties, Thompson takes on the lead vocals in a hand-picked line up that features fellow Madness original Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford on bass, as well as the following members:

Drums: Steve ‘Roo-B-Doo’ Rooney
Guitar: Kevin ‘Born Ready’ Burdett
Piano: Louis ‘Diamond Legs’ Vause
Organ: Seamus ‘Nice Man’ Beaghen
Tenor: Steve ‘Ice Cool’ Turner
Alto: Terry ‘Individual’ Edwards
Trumpet: Steve ‘Chalky’ White
Vocals: Darren ‘Fordie’ Fordham

Plus on the decks Manchester’s legendary Martin The Mod on the decks playing the sharpest tunes into the night. Expect a night of blistering ska and rocksteady beats on the dancefloor and a party into the early hours with this legendary player and his oddball band.


This event will begin at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open earlier for delicious drinks and good times.