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Skunk Anansie have sold five million albums; they headlined Glastonbury back in the Nineties; and they have loads of songs with brackets in their title, four on sophomore LP Stoosh alone

. After hitting the comeback trail four years ago, they drop in to this prestigious venue for a very special unplugged performance.

Skunk Anansie formed back in 1994, then a rock band that fused their hard-edged metal tendencies with pop harmonies and singer Skin’s spiky, attitude-soaked stage presence.

They started out riding high in the early Nineties ‘Britrock’ scene – a collective that included the likes of The Wildhearts and Terrorvision – as Blur and co. stormed the charts under the ‘Britpop’ banner.

First album Paranoid And Sunburnt spawned a collection of chart hits that saw them quickly rise through the ranks, Charity especially, culminating in their prestigious Pyramid Stage headlining show at Glastonbury 1999, where they closed out the whole fest. 

Stoosh (1996) and Post Orgasmic Chill (1999) showed a move towards balladry, before they went their separate ways after Glasto in 1999 – Skin going solo and drummer Mark Richardson joining Brit rockers Feeder.

They reconvened in 2009, however, followed by 2010’s Wanderlustre and March’s fifth album Black Traffic heralding a triumphant return to form as well as a slew of ace singles such as lead I Believed In You, a storming Skunk classic, and latest This Is Not A Game.

At the end of a sold out European tour they turn into the stunning Cadogan Hall here for this unplugged show. A chance to see a side of a band not often revealed.

Cadogan Hall, SW1X 9DQ
Monday, April 15 
Doors at 7.30pm, £27.50  
Tube | Sloane Square 


Photo: Stuart Weston


London gig: Skunk Anansie play unplugged at Cadogan Hall - April 15
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