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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Band Rock Reggae


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"Spunge deliver a typically energetic set, with lively support from New Riot and a revelation in the form of Bigtopp"

It’s been a couple of years since I caught a gig at the Joiners, so I was glad to see it hasn’t changed. Dingy, hot and crowded as ever, this historic venue is always going to be a favourite with fans, up and coming local bands and established talent alike, because you just don’t get an atmosphere like the Joiners’ every day. After all, where else can a bunch of kids who are just starting out fill a room where Richard Ashcroft claims the Verve played their best ever gig? Whenever you see a young band play at the Joiners, you know there’s the chance that one day they’ll be stars and you’ll be able to say “I saw them at the Joiners before they were famous.”

I’m pretty sure I’ll be saying that about opening act Bigtopp someday. Vocalist James had an instant rapport with the crowd, despite starting out by proudly announcing that the band is from Portsmouth – no small achievement in a Southampton venue. This band really understands the importance of stage presence, and my first impression as they launched into their opening song was why haven’t I seen these guys before?! With a heavily reggae-inspired set and some great jazzy moments on the sax, Bigtopp’s sound is totally original, and counting Mad Caddies among their influences, it was no surprise that I loved them. Their cover of Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry did the original real justice, but it was original track Xplorer which really won over the crowd, and I was no exception. With thoughtful lyrics, perfectly executed vocals and a joyful larger-than-life performance from the whole band, this song is an instant favourite. King of the Hill was another great crowd-pleasing track, and the band’s irrepressible dancing – including the ‘shuffle’ across the stage, which the crowd were invited to join in with – was infectious. These guys should go far, and having already supported such well-known bands as Streetlight Manifesto, Catch 22 and Sonic Boom Six, they’re already well on their way.


What I’ve always loved about ska gigs is the atmosphere. You can’t beat a roomful of people bouncing along and skanking their hearts out to an awesome horn section and last night really didn’t disappoint on that front! The Joiners is a legendary venue and these three bands played it to perfection. I was pleasantly surprised by Spunge, who it’s fair to say have to be seen live to be appreciated, but the act that really blew me away was Bigtopp - with their refreshingly original sound and sheer love of performing, I’ll definitely be looking out for their next show!
- Punk Prospect


Glory Wipe 2007
Tomfoolery 2008
Kings of the Hill 2009
Speakeasy 2010
Live from the Log Cabin 2010
Waterfall 2011



Bigtopp are an 8piece ska band from Portsmouth. Having played with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, Catch 22, Neville Staples, The Toasters and many more. Including festivals to date such as Workhouse Festival and Monmouth Festival.

Music can be heard through Reverbnation, Facebook, Last fm, Myspace, Spotify, I-tunes.