Skunk Anansie were born radical and have stayed that way ever since.
When the band emerged in 1994, they sounded and looked like nothing that had come before them - their DNA a glorious mix of race, gender, sexuality, cultural and musical influences.
While Skunk racked up Top 40 singles and Top 10 albums - 1995’s Paranoid & Sunburnt, 1996’s Stoosh and 1999’s Post-Orgasmic Chill - their formidable reputation was amplified by their fearsome live presence. The highlights came thick and fast and in 1997 they became the first international multi-racial band to tour South Africa, selling out 3 arena shows, returning in 1998 to perform at a concert held to mark Nelson Mandela’s 80th birthday. Their meteoric rise reached a new height in 1999 when the band headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury festival.
Few bands inhabit the stage like Skunk Anansie so it’s fitting that the band have opted to mark their forthcoming 25th anniversary with 25 At 25, a live album that brings together the greatest songs from the six studio albums they’ve made. Including hit singles such as politically-charged ‘Little Baby Swastika’ and ‘Selling Jesus, the emotionally vulnerable ‘Weak’ and ‘Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)’, and the anthemic ‘I Can Dream’ and ‘Charlie Big Potato’, 25 At 25 was recorded at shows across Europe. Twenty-five years after they exploded from the backrooms of London, Skunk Anansie are more potent and essential than ever. 25 At 25 is a living, breathing, an in-your-face document that there is and always will be only one Skunk Anansie.
Singer, songwriter, columnist, and a charismatic Instagram personality - Kasia Nosowska will be making her return to the festival as a guest of the Academy of the Finest of Arts.
Blood donation drives became a staple at our festival. Each year, we are able to contribute blood to blood banks in the region, and you prove that even when you are having a good time, you care for others and want to help.
A portrait of the festival - as it happens - will be created by Dariusz Miliński, painter and performance artist.