Will Furze hits the road with Skindred

As the Welsh reggae-metal outfit take on their largest headline London show in support of their latest album, Smile, Lighting Designer, Will Furze shares his two cents on the show.

South Wales hometown heroes Skindred over the years have become a staple within the UK alternative scene, with their energetic live show and the infectious personality of frontman Benji Webbe seeing them go from strength to strength. With such iconic moments during their shows including the now-famed Newport-Helicopter, which has seen crowds around the world swinging their shirts above their heads, a Skindred show is certainly not one you’re likely to forget in a hurry. Recently, this raucous cocktail of metal and reggae was brought to the iconic OVO Arena Wembley.

One person that had Skindred on his radar for some time was Lighting Designer, Will Furze. As a fan of the band, he jumped at the chance to join them on the Smile Tour. “Over the course of that tour I was asked to design the set and lighting for the three big UK shows including Manchester Academy, Birmingham O2 Academy and the band’s first arena headline show at the OVO Arena Wembley,” reflected Furze.

Words: Stew Hume

Photos: Mark Latham, Claire Alaxandra and Joshua James.