The Big Blue Shed Presents: TOO MANY CROOKS

TOO MANY CROOKS were formed following a Bad Manners gig in Brighton. The group of friends felt that Ska music needed to be dragged kicking and screaming into the next millennium if it was ever going to haul itself out of the underground, where it had been left to fester since the end of the Two-Tone Era. They didn't just want to sound like a poor mans 'Madness' or 'Specials', and soon earned themselves support slots with the likes of 'The Selecter', 'Bad Manners' and 'Desmond Dekker', along with a loyal following of supporters who welcomed their new and exciting brand of Ska. The band released their self financed debut album, BOUNCE to great critical acclaim within the Ska World, and the band continued to be ahead of the field within the genre. However it was during the recording of their second album, INSIDE, that the band really came into their own and created something very different from their contemporaries. This album was not for the faint hearted Ska revivalists. The release of this ground-breaking album was followed by a tour of England and Europe, where they supported top American Ska band, 'The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones' and' The Dropkick Murphys'. The tour culminated with a show in Brighton alongside 'The Levellers', which featured Buster Bloodvessel performing some of 'Bad Manners' most famous songs with TOO MANY CROOKS.  In 2004 TOO MANY CROOKS were asked to record a version of the Piranhas classic TOM HARK in support of the campaign for a new stadium for Brighton and Hove Albion FC at Falmer. The new lyrics were provided by club poet in residence Attila The Stockbroker. The single reached number 17 in the national charts in January 2005!

Tickets £10 + booking fee


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139 High Street
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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Sundays in the Bar

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Function Room

Club Members can hire the function room for parties, meetings and other events, especially on Saturday evenings. Rates are very reasonable and we can provide all sorts of additional resources to make your evening go with a swing!

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Opening HoursOpening Hours - Temporary restricted times due to COVID-19

Friday and Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

3:00pm - 8:00pm*

* if no customers may close 1 hour earlier


The current membership year started on 30th June 2019. Due to COVID-19 memberships are extended and will not expire until further notice

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Q - Where are you?
A - We're located at 139 High Street in Lewes town centre. If you're coming by road from the Brighton direction we're on the left, just after Shelleys Hotel before the bottleneck and next door to Lewes Old Grammar School (see the map below).

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