The cast of ‘Skins’ and a host of up and coming bands threw a special party in London tonight (January 20) to celebrate the launch of the new series.
The bash, which was held in conjunction with NME Radio and E4, kicked off in The Arches club and featured performances from Edinburgh electro whizz kid Unicorn Kid, fellow Scottish rappers Young Fathers and the UK’s answer to Crystal Castles, You Love Her Coz She’s Dead.
Fans were also treated to an exclusive screening of the first episode of the third series while the cast also watched the show from the sidelines.
“I caught some of the last series a bit but I’ll be watching it more this time because they seemed to have stepped it up a level,” YLHCSD singer Jay Dead told NME.COM. “There’s a lot more violence.”
Following an energetic set from Unicorn Kid, which included ‘Lion Hat’, You Love Her Coz She’s Dead whipped up the crowd with the likes of ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Dead End’.
Scottish rap trio Young Fathers also went down a storm as the band dedicated their debut single ‘Straight Back On It’, to US President Barack Obama who was inaugurated today.
“It was an important thing what was happening in America today with Obama being inaugurated so we thought we’d dedicate that track to him,” KS said. “He is the right man for the job.”
Later disco punks Dead Kids performed a riotous set which saw lead singer Mike Frankel ranting at the crowd and security at the beginning of their performance.
“People wake up. This is not about watching TV or Coca Cola. This is about having fun,” he declared before he jumped into the crowd and formed a moshpit.
The singer later indulged in some crowd surfing and kissed a girl in the audience as the band went on to perform ‘I Love America’ and ‘Into The Fire’.
Having won over the crowd, Frankel praised the audience as he left the stage and added: “I hope you enjoyed the TV programme and our show tonight. I love you.”
Speaking to NME.COM after their performance the singer explained his initial outburst. “At first I wasn’t sure, I saw a lot of people staring at television screens,” he said. “I was a bit like what the fuck? Why don’t you just watch it (‘Skins’) at home.
“But we came here tonight to have a party and we always go out to make sure people rid themselves of things as banal as shampoo adverts.
“I enjoyed being raised to the rafters by a crowd that really, really appreciated what we were trying to do.”
London DJs Filthy Dukes stepped from behind their decks to perform a live set at the end of the night as they blasted out the likes of ‘This Rhythm’ and ‘What Happens Next’.
The third series of ‘Skins’ will be screened on E4 on Thursday (January 22).