Ska Explosion special hitting London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

We are delighted to announce the latest artists to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary are The Potato 5 horn section and Capone & The Bullets.

They both will be playing on day 3 at a late 80s/Ska Explosion special along with Maroon Town and more tba at O2 Academy Islington 2.

Not only did both Potato 5 and Capone & The Bullets played the first ever London Intl Ska Festival, but they were also vital catalysts to reigniting the UK ska scene. Naturally we are delighted to have them featuring again 30 years on!

Tickets onsale this week. Wristband tickets (get you into this show and anothe 15 gigs and club nights of your choice) are running out fast. Under 40 left at www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

4 more DJs added to The London Intl Ska festival 30th anniversary

We are delighted to announce the latest DJs to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary (29 Mar-1 Apr’18) are;

– Ras Digby (Sir Jessus)
– Asher G “The Rocksteady Daddy”
– Little Diane (Ace Cafe)

and
– Lili Rudies from France!

They join Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, The Clarendonians, Doreen Shaffer, Lone Ranger, The Original Aces, African Head Charge, Pama International, Gladdy Wax sound system, Valve soundclash ft. Axis Valv-a-tron Sound System. & Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure lo-fi, Tighten Up crew, Maroon Town, Bombskare, The Hypocondriacs from Spain, The Uppertones from Italy, Cara Means Friend, Smiley & The Underclass, Time Tunnel and more!

Under 40 wristband tickets (which get you into all the gigs/club nights and Thames cruise) http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/98879

4 Studio One legends added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th Anniversary

We are truly honoured to announce the latest artists to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary are four legendarey Studio One recording artists;

THE CLARENDONIANS starring Ernest Wilson & Peter Austin
DOREEN SHAFFER
& LONE RANGER ft. Soul Stereo

They will all appear on Day 1 of the festival (29 Mar’18) as part of a sensation Studio One line up. More tba! Tickets for this event go onsale next week. In the meantime if you want to buy a wristband tickets (gets you in free to this and all the other events) you can at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/98879

The Hypocondriacs added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

We’re delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary​ are The Hypocondriacs​.

Hailing from Madrid, Spain, the ultra-cool sextet released their debut album aptly titled “60’s Rocksteady & Reggae” on Chicago’s Jump Up Records​ in 2011.

After 4 years with only one cover for a compilation album release a 7″ with O.B.R. Records, from Madrid Spain.

Now in 2017 LA’s Angel City Records​ have snapped the band up and will be releasing their killer “Reggae’68” ep.

Don’t miss The Hypocondriacs making their debut UK show at The London International Ska Festival​ 2018.

They join; Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, The Original Aces, African Head Charge, Pama International, Alpheus, Maroon Town, Bombskare, The Uppertones from Italy, Gladdy Wax sound system, Tighten Up crew, our valve soundclash starring Axis Valv-a-tron Sound System. & Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure lo-fi, Cara-Jane Murphy, Smiley & The Underclass, Time Tunnel and many more still tba.

1 wristband gets you into all the events. 100+acts. 4 days. There are under 60 wristband tickets left for The London International Ska Festival (29 Mar-1 April’18).
Buy Tickets HERE

Single event tickets are also available.

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African Head Charge added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

We are delighted to announce African Head Charge will be playing an exclusive show at The London International Ska Festival’s 30th anniversary.

As part of LISF2018 we will be hosting 4 very exclusive shows by world famous acts at O2 Academy Islington 2. The first announced is AHC. Please note there will only 200 tickets available for each of these shows so be quick if you want to come. Tickets go onsale this week.

Co-founded by the legendary underground producer Adrian Sherwood, African Head Charge is a globally-acclaimed, pioneering dub-reggae ensemble led by original co-founder, master percussionist and royal rastaman, Bonjo Iyabhinghi Noah.

Pulsating with tribal drumbeats and chanting from the soul of Africa, African Head Charge fuse together primal rhythms with heavy psychedelic dub, roots reggae and 21st century electronica. Formed originally as a studio project in 1981, the London-based collective has gone on to achieve semi-legendary cult status, creating 13 albums and gracing stages across the world, from Australia and New Zealand to Glastonbury music festival.

Their epic live show features a line-up of 6-8 world-star performers, fusing together djembes, guitars, drums, keys and vocals with heavy electronic sampling. The collective use this blend of live and electronica to generate an intoxicating soundscape of reggae-inflected drumming, visceral vocals and bottomless, thrumming bass-lines that truly reach to the heart of your being.

Performing classic tracks from their back catalogue, as well as their latest album VOODOO OF THE GODSENT, African Head Charge will be using 2018 to premiere new state-of-the-art visual technology. With a deeper, darker and heavier live sound than ever before, the collective are once again ready to enrapture their global fan-base, as well as reach out to a new generation of fans around the world. From roots right through to rave.

Trojan Records official Thames cruise 5

Don’t miss…
Trojan Records official Thames cruise 5 – Sat 11 Nov
See the sights of London whilst sailing along the Thames to the sounds of Trojan Records!

Tickets: http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/110651

Time Tunnel added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018

We are delighted to announce the latest DJs to be added to The London International Ska Festival 30th anniversary are, from London, the Time Tunnel, ft. Nanker Phelge, Sean Bright, Boy About Town and Liam Curtin.

The Time Tunnel guys have been a firm fixture of the festival every year since 2012, always nailing their part of the festival with their mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, 2 Tone, soul and beyond.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary earlybird tickets have soldout!

100 full price wristband tickets are now onsale. They save you £40-£80 depending how many shows you go to!

http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/98879

Maroon Town added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary.

We are delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary is, one of London’s finest…. Maroon Town.

Maroon Town have been stalwarts of the global ska scene for the last 4 decades. Formed in the mid-80s their constantly evolved and pushed musical boundaries, taking traditional ska and mixing it with rap, funk and latin sounds.

The debut recordings (mixed by The Specials John Bradbury) instantly set them as one of the most innovative bands the ska scene has produced.

They’ve carried the ska flame from Brixton to Brunei, Indonesia, Venezuela, Barbados, Turkmenistan, Ukraine to Kosovo, along the way playing everywhere from London, Central Asian & Jamaican prisons to 30 million people on Brazilian TV!

We honoured to have one of the original bands that were there when we launched The London Intl Ska Festival playing our 30th anniversary.

We are delighted to announce the 3 latest acts to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary are;

BOMBSKARE
Rediculously infectious, TNT injected live show, 2Tone inspired juggernaut from Edinburgh.
Winners of BBC4’s “UK’s best part time band”

CARA-JANE MURPHY
Brilliant singer from The Defekters and Phoenix City All-stars now brings us her politically fuelled solo show.

SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS
Another politically motivated band this time from London promoting the superb new Manasseh produced debut album.

The London Intl International Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary hits the capital Easter weekend 29 March – 1 April’18)
Tickets: www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

The Uppertones from Italy added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

Hot on the heels of announcing Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Pama International, The Original Aces and Alpheus, we are delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary is…

from Italy The Uppertones starring Mr.T-Bone.

Check out their next single (out in Sept) HERE

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The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano & drums dedicated to the sound of the 50’s in Jamaica, the Jamaican R’n’B, Jamaican boogie, calypso & mento. The kick start to homegrown Jamaican music in the 50s came from American rock’n’roll and R’n’B (rhythm & blues).
At that time it was the birth of Ska, which originated Rocksteady, Reggae etc. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing style mixed with the Jamaican edge and style.

Mr.T-bone is a well know singer, composer and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 8 solo albums in the last 12 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. He has been a major contributor to the Italian ska & reggae scene for over a decade now.

Peter Truffa is a fabulous piano player & singer from New York. With his blues, jazz and ska roots, he toured for years with The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble and with Giuliano Palma and the Bluebeaters. He worked with Mr.T-bone on his second album “Mr.T-Bone Sees America”.

Count Ferdi is the best drummer you can have for this kind of music, he’s anitalian ska and Rocksteady pioneer founder of The Casino Royale the first italian ska band and The Bluebeaters. He plays with Mr.T-Bone since 1992 in many different project.

Their first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in 2015. This album was a selection of 12 tunes from the marvelous sound of the 50’s including notable successes like “The Great Pretender” and “Personality”. It features a small tribute to the great Rosco Gordon who was one of the most influencial musicians for the young jamaican scene. After releasing it they immediately toured Europe for twenty months no stop playing 170 shows in 10 countries!!

While touring consistently the band members found the time to compose many original tunes and when they arrived in the recording studio they had more than twenty-five new original songs. Same sound, same musicians, same studio but this time they are telling their own stories.


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2018 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Easter weekend
29th March - 1st April 2018

LIVE ACTS:

KEN BOOTHE
DERRICK MORGAN
THE CLARENDONIANS
LONE RANGER ft. Soul Stereo
DOREEN SHAFFER
THE ORIGINAL ACES
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
PAMA INTERNATIONAL
POTATO 5 horn section
ALPHEUS
MAROON TOWN
CAPONE & THE BULLETS
BOMBSKARE
THE UPPERTONES (IT)
THE HYPOCONDRIACS
CARA-JANE MURPHY
SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS
More to be announced

DJs/sound systems:

GLADDY WAX sound system
RAS DIGBY (Sir Jessus dubplate special)
ASHER G
AXIS VALV-A-TRON valve sound system
PHIL BUSH SOUNDS & PRESSURE
TIGHTEN UP CREW
OXMAN
TIME TUNNEL
LITTLE DIANE
LILI RUDIES
To be announced

Films:

To be announced

Free Family Day

tba
+ many more tba!