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Essex band to play Hainault Forest reggae festival
By Oliver Rogers
BBC Essex

The Skints
The Skints are playing at the One Love Festival 2010

An Essex punk/reggae band are gearing up to play the One Love Festival 2010 in Hainault Forest on the county's border in August.

The Skints are from Redbridge and have been playing gigs in Europe.

The One Love Festival 2010 will be hosting many reggae influence bands and is on between 6, to 8, August.

Lead singer, Marcia Richards told BBC Essex: "We could not imagine such a giant reggae festival taking place so near to where we live."

Formed in 2006, The Skints released their debut album called 'Live. Breathe. Build. Believe' in November 2009.

"Can't wait and it'll be the most reggae gig we have ever done," Marcia said.

Dan Wiltshire is the promoter of the festival and has been helping to put the event on.

"The festival was conceived to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 'One Love' concert in Jamaica, put on by Bob Marley ," he said.

The event is in its third year and will be held on the weekend of the 48th Anniversary of Jamaica's independence.

Dan added they are expecting several thousand visitors to the gigs.

"The Skints have a huge following, and they are young and fresh. The group explores the whole genre, ska, punk and reggae," said Dan.

Other people appearing at the festival include the poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, singer and DJ, Tippa Irie, Luciano, Mikey General, and many more.

Ticket details and a full line up are available here.

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