David Rodigan MBE to headline London Intl Ska Festival

We are truly honoured and delighted to announce the first headliner of The London Intl Ska Festival 2016 is, the worlds most famous champion of reggae…. David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan

LISF2016 hits London next Easter (24-27 March) with 50+ acts at 20 events. Only 30 earlybird tickets are left for our fest at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets

Contact update

Please note we are currently changing our email system. During this time please direct all London Intl Ska Festival correspondence to sean@pamainternational.co.uk

Many thanks.

Thank you one and all

Thank you so much to everyone who attended, performed and worked at The London Intl Ska Festival 2015. I’m very proud to say it was our biggest and most successful ska festival ever! Every year it totally overwhelms me how far people are willing to travel for our festival. This year people attended from an incredible 33 countries. It was wonderful to see so many old friends and make so many new ones as well. Thank you one and all.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2016 is once again happening at Easter (although earlier next year) 24-27 March 2016. 100 earlybird tickets went onsale last week at £99.99 (plus booking fee). Only 62 are left now at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets We are already talking to same amazing artists including some of the biggest names in Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and 2 Tone, plus some of the best newcomers from around the world.

3 events already confirmed will be our Dixie Queen thames cruise, the Valve Soundclash with Axis Valvatron and Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure valve sound systems, and Do The Dog Skazine’s global showcase. 20 events are scheduled with 50+ artists, once again at famed & iconic London venues.

The earlybird tickets will sell out quickly so grab yours while you can at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets

Individual event Earlybird tickets are also available for our Thames Cruise and Valve Soundclash at
http://www.tickettailor.com/all-tickets/4141/7c6b/

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The London Intl Ska Festival 2015 full line-up is…

THE LONDON INT’L SKA FESTIVAL 2015
Easter weekend 2-5 April | famed & iconic Lonodn venues | 60+ artists

All info/tickets: www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets
Or join us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/londonskafestival

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The London Intl Ska Festival full programme:

Thursday 2nd April 2015
- From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
- Lee Scratch Perry +Dojo and DJ David Katz (7pm-11pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
- Latino America Gone Ska! (11pm-2am) DJ Ruffy TNT (Mexico) hosts 60′s ska, rocksteady & reggae from Central & South America. Music never before spotlighted in London! at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
- This Is Ska! opening party (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.

Friday 3rd April 2015
- Thames cruise starring Derrick Harriott + AJ Franklin (Chosen Few) +DJ Tim P (Tighten Up) (1pm-5pm) onboard The Dixie Queen, Tower Hill Millenium pier.
- From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
- Bunny Lee – I Am The Gorgon film Screening 1 (4pm) / Screening 2 (6pm) at The Forge, Camden.
- Dreadzone + support + DJ tba (7pm-10.30pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
- Madness Special – a tribute to Camden Town’s finest (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
- All Valve Soundclash: Axis Valv-a-tron meets Sounds & Pressure Lo-fi* (8pm-2am) Two beautiful hand-built valve sound systems go head to head at The Forge, Camden.
- Gentleman’s Dub Club + Babylon Circus*, Buster Shuffle, The Toasters, Paperboy, DJ Kaptin IsDead (Boomtown) (8pm-11.30pm) at The Forum, Kentish Town.
- Time Tunnel club night- A vinyl feast of all things ska, 2 Tone, soul and more! at The Forum, Kentish Town.

Saturday 4th April 2015
- From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
- Legends of Ska UK premiere + Q&A (2pm) w/ Director Brad Klein, Rico Rodriguez, Owen Gray & more! at BFI, South Bank.
- Do The Dog Skazine Intl showcase (3pm-10pm) ft. Two Tone Club (France) *, The Talks (UK), The Rifffs (Malta), Miserable Man (Italy), Beat Bahnhof (Japan) * & more! at The Barfly, Camden.
- Twinkle Brothers + Zion Train and DJ Fenomeno Show (Open The Gate) (6pm-10pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
- Trojan Explosion – a celebration of the iconic Trojan Records (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
- Steel Pulse perform Handsworth Revolution +Dennis Bovell Dub Band and DJ Oxman (Dub Vendor) (8pm-11.30pm) at The Forum, Kentish Town.
- Don Letts Rebel Dread clubnight (11.30pm-2am) at The Forum, Kentish Town.

Sunday 5th April 2015
- Kids Go Ska – free family day (1pm-late) All-day musical treat for all the family with acoustic sets, star signings, Fish & Chips Sunday lunch & music galore at Modfather Clothing Co & Camden Foundry, Camden.
- From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
- 2 Tone stars triple bill * ft. Sir Horace Panter’s Uptown Ska Collective (The Specials), Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers & Beat Goes Bang (Everett Morton from The Beat) (2pm-7pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
- Bitty Mclean + Freddie ‘Montego Bay’ Notes, Vin Gordon aka Don Drummond jnr and DJ Natty Bo (Ska Cubano) (8pm-11.30pm) at Dingwalls, Camden.
- Natty Bo’s Scorchio Ska club night (11.30pm-2am) at Dingwalls, Camden.

All tickets available from www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets

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The legendary Lee Scratch Perry added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2015

Part of The London Intl Ska Festival…

The legendary producer, songwriter, performer, dub innovator and musical genius Lee Scratch Perry will be headlining the opening night of The London Intl Ska Festival 2015.

Lee Perry launched his career in the 1950′s at Jamaica’s famed Studio One where he recorded over 30 ska records for studio boss Coxosone Dodd. A brief period followed working for Joe Gibbs Amalgamated label, before unleashing his own Upsetter label in 1968.

From the very first release his unique approach to the studio shone through with the sampling of a baby crying on the massive selling People Funny Boy. Through to 1972 he not only worked with his inhouse band The Upsetters, writing and producing many hits including Return of the Django and Live Injection, but also found success producing The Wailers; Mr.Brown, Soul Rebels, Duppy Conqueror, Don’t Rock My Boat, Sun Is Shining and many more.

In 1973 Perry built the Black Ark studio in his back yard and went onto produce arguably the most innovative albums not only of his career but also in the world of reggae, including the trinity of Junior Murvin’s Police and Thieves, The Congos – Heart of the Congos and Max Romeo’s War Inna Babylon albums. In 1978 Perry burned the studio to the ground.

In more recent times the Grammy award winning Perry has been listed in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 artists of all time, collaborated with Mad Professor, Beastie Boys, Adrian Sherwood, The Orb, and released dozens of albums in his own right.

Support and DJ tba.
FREE entry to London Intl Ska Festival 2015 Wristband ticket holders.
Day tickets and wristband tickets available now from http://www.tickettailor.com/all-tickets/4141/7c6b/

And the winners of The London International Ska Festival June raffle are…

Top Prize
A pair of tickets to the entire London Intl Ska Festival 2015
Janine McFarlane

2nd prize
A pair of tickets to a gig of your chose.
Hannah Johnston
Pete Stapleton
Robert Lewandowski
Stuart Stevens
Thomas Salussolia

3rd prize
4 Hotshot & Scorcher CD packs.
Alex Sloggett
Amy Phillips
David Bond
Susan Davidson

4th prize
10 Hotshot & Scorcher lifetime memberships.
Brian Cape
David Newman
John Graham
Lisa Horgan
Marina Lebedeva
Mary Mayclim
Nikki O’Dwyer
Richard Carter
Ron Ivey
Samuel Tan

Congratulations to all of them! Another raffle coming very soon so watch out for them.

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Thank you!

Once again we have been truly humbled by the turnout for The London Intl Ska Festival 2014. Thank you to everyone… all the bands, bands and ticket buying folk for coming and making it so special. I think we can say it was the best festival to date. People flew in from an incredible 20 countries, from Costa Rica to Hong Kong, Auckland to Belfast, Moscow to Rio and beyond! Thank you!

Out of the bespoke events we planned the V&A event with Gladdy Wax and Tighten Up crew, the Thames cruise and the valve sound system clash with Sounds & Pressure and Axis Sound surpassed our expectations. Another wonderful surprise was the sheer quality of new acts coming through and all doing their own takes on Ska… take a bow: The Indecision, The Bionic Rats, Dirty Revolution, Rebelation, The Meow Meows, Aggressors DC, By The Rivers, Paperboy, Buster Shuffle, The Sidewalk Doctors and The Kubricks. The future is definitely safe!

Once again we through some legendary names into the mix unannounced… Freddie Notes and Vin Gordon. We always like to give you more!

Plans are already well underway for The London Intl Ska Festival 2015, with some truly unique events planned plus an unbeatable line up. Earlybird tickets go onsale on Mon 28 April. Grab yours asap. Only 100 are made available and sell out quickly!

Also watch out for a series of summer shows from us including events at Boomtown, Notting Hill Carnival, the Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Ska Orchestra (26 June), Buster Shuffle (20 Sept) and King Prawn (12 July). All details can be found here https://www.facebook.com/londonskafestival/events

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IMPORTANT Ticket Info

Important note for London Intl Ska Festival ticket holders. We are getting a large amount of etickets bounced back. If you have bought a ticket using paypal and haven’t received your ticket please just print the receipt and bring with you to the show(s) you’ve paid for, along with ID.

Many thanks!

The London Intl Ska Festival Collectors LP series launched

The London Intl Ska Festival 2014 Collectors Series

9 superb albums available individually or in a beautiful oak Boxset branded with the Ska Festival logo. Only 80 of each LP are available. Only 20 of the Boxsets. All numbered making them superb collectors pieces. The titles are:

- Dennis Bovell – A to Z pt.1 & 2 double LP
- Goldmaster All-stars – Narcolepsy LP
- The Indecision – New Faces LP
- Pama Intl meets Wrong Tom – The Seventh Dub LP
- Phoenix City All-stars – Skatisfaction LP
- Rebelation – Arise LP
- Top Cats – Mr.Donkey Paradise LP
- The Sidewalk Doctors – self-titled LP

All available to pre-order now through Indiegogo HERE

Also available at IndieGoGo:

The brand new albums on CD…
- Phoenix City All-stars – Skatisfaction CD
- Rebelation – Arise CD
- The Sidewalk Doctors – self-titled CD

PLUS London Intl Ska Festival pin badge set and 2014 Ska Fest t-shirt.

Please support The London Intl Ska Festival this year by buying on of these above items. Thank you!
All available to pre-order now through Indiegogo HERE

The London Intl Ska Festival full line up announced

THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL 2014 full line up announced

The London Intl Ska Festival returns to the capital this Easter (17-20 April 2014) with 50 acts from around the world across 15 bespoke events at famed and iconic London venues. Headline acts include Horace Andy, Derrick Morgan, Keith & Tex, Ken Parker, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Jazz Jamaica and King Prawn, whilst venues include the lawns of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Sq (screening Madness’ 1981 Take It or Leave It film), The Dixie Queen Thames cruise, and Camden Town’s Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Barfly, The Forge and Electric Ballroom.

Every year we strive to make the festival a truly unique experience and this year is no exception. In addition to the series of events we are delighted to announce the launch of The London Intl Ska Festival Collectors LP series, which features 9 exclusive and limited edition vinyl albums from legendary reggae champion Dennis Blackbeard Bovell, Phoenix City All-stars, Goldmaster All-stars and Top Cats (ft. members of Ska Cubano), Pama Intl meets Wrong Tom, Rebelation, The Sidewalk Doctors and The Indecision. All info available at IndieGoGo.

The London Intl Ska Festival was originally launched back in 1988 and proudly showcases Ska from it’s roots in Rhythm & Blues, Mento and Calypso, through the Jamaican originators and on into Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, 2 Tone, Skapunk and beyond. We are delighted to once again be celebrating the wonderful world of Ska in all it’s irrepressible forms.

Tickets: Ticketmaster 08448472514 or www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets

Event 1
Thursday 17th April 2014
Studio One recording artist & Massive Attack collaborator
HORACE ANDY
+ Dirty Revolution & DJ David Katz
7pm-11pm at The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1
Tickets: £20 +booking fee

Event 2
Thursday 17th April 2014
Dub Champion
MAD PROFESSOR
No Protection Dub Attack clubnight
11pm-2am at The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1
Tickets: £10 adv +booking fee

Event 3
Thursday 17th April 2014
The soulside of Jamaica
JAMAICA GOT SOUL clubnight
11pm at venue tba / wristband holders only
Tickets: £soldout

Event 4
Friday 18th April 2014
V&A SKA GARDEN PARTY
Gladdy Wax Sound System & Tighten Up crew
1pm-5pm at The Victoria & Albert Museum lawns, South Kensington, London
Tickets: Free

Event 5
Friday 18th April 2014
ROCKSTEADY ON THE RIVER – Thames cruise
Legendary Jamaican singers Ken Parker and Keith & Tex
+The Sidewalk Doctors, The Delegators, Mr T Bone & DJ Little Diane
6pm-10pm at The Dixie Queen paddle steamer, Tower Millenium Pier, Tower Hill, London
Tickets: £32.50 adv +booking fee

Event 6
Friday 18th April 2014
SOUNDS & PRESSURE meets AXIS SOUND SYSTEM
All Valve Soundclash – 2 Valve sound systems built exclusively for The London Intl Ska Festival
10pm-3am at The Forge, Dlancey St, Camden Town, London NW1.
Tickets: £8.50 adv +booking fee

Event 7
Saturday 19th April 2014
MADNESS’ TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT film screening
1pm at Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Pl, Leicester Sq, London
Tickets: £12.50 adv +booking fee

Event 8
Saturday 19th April 2014
ACOUSTIC INSTORES & SIGNING at MODFATHER
w/ Buster Shuffle and more tba
3pm at Modfather Clothing Co, Stables Market, Camden, London NW1
Tickets: Free

Event 9
Saturday 19th April 2014
JAZZ JAMAICA
+Phoenix City All-stars, Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers) & DJ Fenomeno Show
7-10.30pm at Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden, London NW1
Tickets: £15 adv +booking fee

Event 10
Saturday 19th April 2014
THE TROJANS, RODDY RADIATION from The Specials
+Aggressors BC, The Kubricks, Paperboy, DJs Chris Tofu & Jamie Renton
10pm-3am at The Forge, Dlancey St, Camden Town, London NW1
Tickets: £10 adv +booking fee

Event 11
Easter Sunday 20th April 2014
Musical maverick, creator of Lovers Rock, writer of Babylon film score & collaborator/producer of
Linton Kwesi Johnson, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Janet Kay-Silly Games, Matumbi, I Roy, The Slits…
DENNIS BLACKBEARD BOVELL songbook
+By The Rivers & DJ Zinc Fence
Sunday Roast being served (12-4pm) at Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden, London NW1
Tickets: £10 adv +booking fee | £Lunch Ticket available

Event 12
Easter Sunday 20th April 2014
The worlds longest running Ska publication
DO THE DOG 25th ANNIVERSARY
Rebelation, The Meow Meows, The Indecision, The Bionic Rats, DJ Fatboy Cliff & Ska Explosion’89 (downstairs)
at The Barfly, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, London NW1
Tickets: £7 adv +booking fee

Event 13
Easter Sunday 20th April 2014
London’s very own ska/punk/soul rockers are back
KING PRAWN
+Random Hand, New Town Kings, The Defekters & DJ Kaptin IsDead (Boomtown)
7-11pm at Electric Ballroom, Camden, London NW1
Tickets: £15 adv +booking fee

Event 14
Easter Sunday 20th April 2014
A true Jamaican and Ska legend, who was there from the start
DERRICK MORGAN
+Goldmaster All-stars, Top Cats, The Liptones & DJ Oxman
7pm-11pm at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1
Tickets: £22.50 adv +booking fee

Event 15
Easter Sunday 20th April 2014
Celebrating 2 Tone’s film – the origins, the influences & the legacy
DANCE CRAZE – festival closing party
Time Tunnel DJs
at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1
Tickets: £5 adv +booking fee

All tickets go to
www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

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2016 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Easter 24th - 27th March 2016
50 acts | 20 events | famed & iconic London venues

BANDS:

JOHNNY OSBOURNE sings Truths & Rights
MAD PROFESSOR
DENNIS BOVELL
ADRIAN SHERWOOD
SONIC BOOM SIX
MR T BONE (Italy)
THE SIMMERTONES
BOTTLE OF MOONSHINE (Belgium)
THE DEFEKTERS
THE DOWNSETTERS
HEAVYBALL
TREE HOUSE FIRE
& many more tba

DJs:

DAVID RODIGAN MBE
TIGHTEN UP CREW
AXIS VALV-A-TRON (valve system)
SOUNDS & PRESSURE LO-FI (valve system)
ALI SKABA
& many more tba

Films:

tba

Free Family Day

tba
+ many more tba!