Skindred is a British alternative metal band formed in Newport, South Wales in 1998. Skindred's musical style mixes heavy metal, alternative rock, reggae and punk. The band also integrate elements of dancehall, jungle, hardcore, ska, hip hop, drum and bass, dubstep and various other influences into their music. Skindred are well known for their energetic and involving live performances, and have won several awards including "Best Live Band" at the 2011 UK Metal Hammer 'Golden Gods' awards and the "Devotion Award" at the 2011 Kerrang! Awards.TelevisionFuse TV 'Daily Download' (November 4, 2004)Late Night with Conan O'Brien (December 14, 2004)Skindred's bassist Daniel Pugsley filled in on bass duties for the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello for their appearance on Later... with Jools Holland on June 16, 2006.Music festivalsSkindred has appeared at a multitude of international music festivals. Notable appearances include the band's 2011 appearance at Download Festival, where the 'Newport Helicopter' was born. Skindred also made headlines at the same festival in 2006 when Benji Webbe took part performing Korn's track A.D.I.D.A.S. onstage at Download Festival with the band, after vocalist Jonathan Davis was unexpectedly rushed to hospital.Skindred's festival appearances have included:Reading and Leeds Festival, England (2013)Download Festival – Donington Park, England (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014)Sonisphere Festival – Knebworth House, England (2009, 2010)Summer Sonic Festival – Osaka & Tokyo, Japan (2008)Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium (2008)Hammerfest – Prestatyn, Wales (2009, 2010, 2012)Ozzfest UK – The O2 Arena, London, England (2010)Freeze Festival, London, England (2010)Hurricane Festival, Bremen, Germany (2010)Rock for People Festival, Czech Republic (2010)Gurten Festival, Bern, Switzerland (2010)Lowlands Festival, Netherlands, (2010)Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary (2010)Highfield Festival, Leipzig, Germany (2005, 2011, 2013)Woodstock Festival Poland, Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland (2011)With Full Force Festival, Germany (2010, 2011)Bingley Music Live, England (2011)Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany (2011)Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany (2011, 2013)Merthyr Rock Festival, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (2011, 2012)South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival, Austin, Texas, USA (2012)Rock al Parque Festival – Bogotá, Colombia (2012)No Blur Circuit Festival Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (2012)Hard Rock Calling Festival, Hyde Park, London, England (2012)Exit Festival, Vojvodina, Serbia (2012)Getaway Festival, Sweden (2012)Sonisphere Festival Madrid, Spain (2012)Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium (2010, 2012)Hegyalja Festival, Hungary (2012, 2013)NH7 Weekender, Pune, India (2013)Serengeti Festival, Germany (2013)Kubana Festival, Krasnodar, Russia (2013)Mighty Sounds Festival, Czech Republic (2013)Hellfest, Clisson, France (2013)Rock'n Coke Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (2013)Rock on the Range, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2014)Soundwave, Australia (2014)ToursEuropean tour with Voodoo Glow Skulls (2003)US tour with Nonpoint (2004)US tours with Sevendust (2004, 2005)US tour with Breaking Benjamin (2004)US arena tour with Korn, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin and Instruction (2004)US headlining tour with Fivespeed supporting (2005)Warped Tour, USA & Canada (2005)UK tour with Reel Big Fish & The Matches 2005US tour with HIM and Finch (2005)US Tour with Papa Roach (2005)UK headlining tour with Dub Trio (2006)US tour 'The Great American Rampage Tour' with Nonpoint, Ankla & Karnivool (2007)US, UK & Euro tours with Gogol Bordello (2008)Eastpak Antidote Tour with Flogging Molly (2008)US, UK & Euro 'Shark Bites and Dog Fights' headline tour (2009)US & Canadian tours with Disturbed (2009)UK tour with Rob Zombie (2011)UK 'Union Black' headline tour with Chiodos & Me Vs Hero (2011)Soundwave 'Counter Revolution' tour with Hollywood Undead, Australia (2011)Jägermeister Music Tour (UK) with Therapy? & Black Spiders (2012)Redline Tour in Japan, with SiM (2013)Musical styleSkindred fuse heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, electronica and reggae influences to create a unique style and sound. The band has previously referred to this style as "Ragga metal". Benji Webbe has also jokingly referred to the band's musical style as "nu-reggae", in reference to the term nu metal. Although Skindred has sometimes been compared to Bad Brains, Webbe states that "To someone who doesn't know anything about reggae music, of course we're going to sound like Bad Brains. It's like someone who doesn't know anything about opera might say that Pavarotti sounds just like Mario Lanza. But when your ears are trained and you know what you're looking for, you're going to say, 'Shit no, Mario Lanza don't sound nothing like Pavarotti.'"