Great Yarmouth songwriter puts town’s beach in the limelight for The Kubricks music video

PUBLISHED: 08:57 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:57 15 April 2014

The Kubricks shooting their video on Yarmouth beach. Jon Spalding, left. Picture: submitted

The Kubricks shooting their video on Yarmouth beach. Jon Spalding, left. Picture: submitted


It is regularly the setting for picnics, ball games, sunbathing, swimming and summer fun.

And Great Yarmouth’s popular beach has now become the backdrop for a music video after it hosted an up and coming band on its unspoilt sands.

The Kubricks, who have been playing their own brand of ska-pop since 2009, spent the day on the beach beside the Britannia Pier to make the video for their song, Skallywags, penned by keyboard player Jon Spalding – who grew up in the resort.

The former Great Yarmouth High School pupil was keen to return to the town to shoot the video as he said it was integral to the song.

The 32-year-old said: “I wanted the video to be shot in Great Yarmouth because the song is all about when I grew up there, and it’s also got a great ska community. And it’s a very seaside, summer song that’s very close to what we’re all about.”

And the group were lucky with the day they picked as they were welcomed by blue skies and sunshine.

“We couldn’t believe our luck,” Jon added. “We started at about 9am and the take we went with was one we did at about 2pm. We had to time it just right so there was nobody walking in the shot.

“We had a great day and were all eating ice creams by three o’clock.”

The dad-of-one, who attended North Denes Junior and Alderman Swindell School, helped form the band after leaving university in London with a music degree.

They are now gearing up for a busy summer that is set to see them play at 15 festivals.

“We’re starting to get noticed within the ska community, which is really great because it’s such a strong community and one that’s very authentic,” Jon said.

The video is on YouTube and has already had positive feedback.

Jon added: “I came up with the name The Kubricks because I love the idea that it makes us sound like a bit of a family. And when you see the video you can see we all get on very well and have a laugh.”

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