Review; Less than Jake/ Reel Big Fish - Skatastic

PUBLISHED: 20:00 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:14 07 November 2018

Less Than Jake co headline tour with Reel big Fish at O2 Academy, Bristol.

Less Than Jake co headline tour with Reel big Fish at O2 Academy, Bristol.


It was fine night of giant beers and plastic cup politics down at the sold out ska show at the O2 Academy Bristol, Sunday night.

The packed bill, compared by DJ Mark Stocks, kicked off with the masters of the warm up California’s own,Suburban legends kicked off the fun with set replete with synchronised dance routines, audience participation and their notorious, yet brilliant covers of Disney, bringing high energy versions of Toy Story’s ‘You’ve got a Friend in Me’ and the theme tune to DuckTales.

Next up were Zebrahead, and their potent blend of their furious MC infused pop-punk in a set comprised of fan favourites including’ oldies but goodies’ “Hello Tomorrow” and “Falling Apart”.

Hijinks ensued as three giant beers took to the stage to ‘chug a lug’ while the band played a furious circle pit starting round of “drink, drink oh Bristol”.

The set ended with the crowd going wild for fan favourite anthem, before the boys from Orange County exited stage left to Whitney Houston’s iconic cover of “l will always love you.”

Less then Jake then went back to the future (and came on to the theme tune) before launching straight into Gainesville Rock City as the crowd went ballistic. The hits continued to come thick and fast with a mix of golden oldies and fan favourites including “Nervous in the Alley”, “The Ghosts of you and Me” and “History of a Boring Town” ( which after twenty years of LTJ gigs I’m starting to think may be getting more ironic for some fans with every year that passes).

The fun and hits clicked along at a fast pace as the band’s mascot attacked the crowd with a toilet roll gun, and they brought a massive guy from the crowd, the band described as a big cuddley bear, up on stage for a “Little Plastic Cup Politics.”

The guys from Gainesville ended on a high with “All my Best Friends are Metalheads.”

Finally Reel Big Fish stormed the stage, kicking it off with a little “Take on me” before treating the jam packed venue to a skatastic set full of gags, covers, fan favourites, and “their hit from the 90s.

The jokes came thick and fast as they mocked U2 by playing an initially dispirited version of “with or without you”.

Teasing the crowd by telling them they were going to play their hit form the 90s - before launching into a medley of covers that included Smash Mouths - “All star” and Semisonic’s Closing time - each with a wandering trombone solo, before jumping straight into “Sell Out”.

The final gag came at the encore when they pretended to just drop their instruments and leave the stage before belting out “Beer.”

Exhausted, sweating and with smiles all round the collected 30 somethings left a gig that hasn’t changed much in the twenty odd years we have all been going - I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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