The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 roundup

Thank you everyone who performed, worked and came to The London Intl Ska Festival’s 30th anniversary.

Despite the festival being the most stressful and hardest year to put together, it has been my favourite edition of the festival. Judging by the feedback you feel the same way.

The highlight for me was seeing people from 53 countries attending, regular and new faces alike. It was wonderful to see all of you. We live in what can be a pretty horrible world and it fills me with pride that we all come together with no prejudice to celebrate music we love and share each others company. A true united nations. Thank you!

Sadly, I never get to stand still for long, but performances that stuck with me included Potato 5 horn section (they were such a huge part of us starting The Loafers back in the 80s), Capone & The Bullets, Ken Boothe on the boat, Ranking Joe, plus DJ sets from Gladdy Wax, Alan Handscombe, Time Tunnel and Wrongtom (Tom we really must get the Pama/Wrongtom album out… the track I heard you play from that sounded brilliant).

It was very special having Derrick Morgan back. he, along with Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster and Alton Ellis were mainstays of the festival back in the early years.

I caught Horace Andy singing Skylarking and Freddie Notes singing I Can’t Get No Satisfaction. Brilliant stuff. And what I got to see of the Studio One opening night with The Clarendonians, Doreen Schaffer and Otis Gayle was very special. I was honoured to be hosting The Clarendonians, Otis Gayle and Alpheus’ debut UK gigs. It’s great to have a newer artist like Alpheus making such great music now. Check out his new album just out on Liquidator Music. It is very good.

The only disappointment for me was not being well enough to perform Phoenix City All-stars – Clash In Dub show or the Pama International sets.

The Clash in Dub sound system show has been rescheduled to 11th August at the O2 Academy Islington. All tickets remain valid. If you bought a 2018 wristband and would like to come to the show please email me and let me know sean@pamainternational.co.uk
If you haven’t got tickets and would like to come head to http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159543

I am also delighted to say financially the festival turned a profit this year, so has made another dent in my ongoing debts! I am still doing all the accounts but it looks like another £10,000 has been taken off the debts! This leaves the festival debt at somewhere between £55,000 and £60,000. Along way to go still but I can’t tell you how happy I am that the festival finances are once again heading in the right direction.

With this in mind, today I am putting 5 events onsale (including Thames cruises, Clash In Dub and the LISF2019 patrons ticket), as well as making the 2018 merchandise available, which I think was our most popular merchandise ever. We also have the Rudies All Around compilation, which bands have very kindly donated songs to. Buying tickets, merchandise or the music helps me to clear the debts and keep the festival surviving and growing.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 patrons ticket
Get you into all events at LISF2018 (18-21 April’19) and a 2019 t-shirt, plus you sleep well knowing you’ve helped support our fest!
http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159534

Thames cruises

2 Tone Thames cruise – Sat 27 April’18
ft. the music the inspired and defined the 2 Tone era
7pm-11pm on The Golden Jubilee, sails from/to Temple Pier, London WC2R 2NS
Only 7 tickets left at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/118886

Greensleeves Records Big Ship Thames cruise – Sat 26 May – official label event
w/ Keith Lawrence, Oxman and Mark (Solution sound) spinning 100% Greensleeves whilst sailing along the Thames
8pm-midnight on The Golden Flame, sails from/to Temple Pier, London WC2R 2NS
Only 200 tickets available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159548

The London Intl Ska Festival fundraiser Thames cruise – Sat 14 July’18
ft. the best ska, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone money can offer, whilst sailing along the Thames
7pm-11pm on The Golden Sunrise, sails from/to Temple Pier, London WC2R 2NS
Only 200 tickets available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159559

Clash In Dub rescheduled show is now on sale

Phoenix City All-stars Clash In Dub show – Sat 11 Aug’18
http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159543

Rudies All Around compilation
available now to preorder on CD, digital, LP and t-shirt
https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/
Every penny goes towards supporting the London Intl Ska Festival and you get to hear some of the best bands on the gloabal scene;
Alaska Q (Indonesia), Atsushi & The Moisties (New Zealand), Capone & The Bullets (Scotland), Cara Means Friend (England), Le Birrette (Italy), Los Aggrotones (Argentina), Pama International (England), Pannonia All-stars Ska Orchestra (Hungary), Phoenix City All-stars (England), The Rulerz (South Korea), Travellers Allstars (Mexico), The Uppertones (Italy) and more tba!

Ska Festival Merchandise

Hot off the presses…. head over to https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/merch
For all our 30th anniversary embroiled shirts, bags, totes, stickers and more!
Every piece of merchandise purchased helps the festival and gets you some neat clobber!

Thank you for all your support and kind words. It truly is appreciated. Hope to see you all soon.

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Pama Intl perform Trojan Records matinee show added

Following the Pama International Trojan Records songbook London show selling out / Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce a matinee show, starring…

– Pama International performing Trojan songbook
– special guest Ken Boothe
– The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra
– DJ Eric Fenomeno Show ( Open The Gate)

There are 5 x £1 tickets onsale NOW!
What more it’s FREE entry for all kids under 14 (please make sure you choose the right ticket if you want to bring your child – must be 8 years old of over!)

http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/144222

Sat 31 March 2018 – 1pm-5pm
All at O2 Academy Islington, London N1.

Come celebrate 30 years of The London International Ska Festival and 50 years of Trojan Records!

The best new UK ska band 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 is… the best new ska band in the country… The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra

Check these guys and girls out! Great to see the younger generations picking up on the authentic ska sounds!

The MJSSO will be playing the soom to be announce matinee show with Pama International and Ken boothe on Sat 31 Mar.

Tickets onsale by the end of the week.

Lone Ranger cancellation // Ranking Joe added to LISF2018

We are very sorry to announce Lone Ranger will not be able to perform at The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary​.

We are delighted to announce instead we have put together an amazing night starring the legendary RANKING JOE​, Clive Chin​ (Randys producer extraordinaire) and Oxman​ (Soul Jazz/ Dub Vendor​/ Soho Radio​)… all starring Gladdy Wax​ and the mighty Gladdy Wax Soundsystem​!

Day 1 of The London International Ska Festival​ – Thurs 29 March 2018 – 11pm-3am.

All at O2 Academy Islington, London N1.

Tickets: 30 x 1/2 price earlybird tickets onsale now from http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/142629

Free entry for Clarendonians or Spitfires gig tickets holders and LISF2018 writbands.

Last Gang In Town added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

The latest DJs to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary are… from Cambridge / DIY collective… Last Gang In Town

Taking inspiration from Joe Strummer, LGIT have been promoting ska, punk and more in their home town for over 15 years, along the way putting on; The Interrupters, Ruts DC, King Prawn, The Slackers, Jaya The Cat, The Planet Smashers, Sonic Boom Six, King Django, Pama International, Culture Shock, Citizen Fish, Imperial Leisure, Subhumans U.K., Back To The Planet, Snuff, The Alabama 3, The Dickies, Big D and the Kids Table, Capdown, Inner Terrestrials, Autonomads, The Skints, Mouthwash, Chris Murray and now host the Devil Kicks stage at Boomtown Fair.

They will be DJing the Do The Dog Music skazine bash starring Bombskare, The Kubricks, Heavyballl, Captain Accident & The Disasters and Almighty Uprisers. Saturday 31st March 2018 – Day 3 of The London Intl Ska Festival. Doors 5pm-10pm.

At the O2 Academy Islington 2.

Tickets: 10 x 1/2 price tickets are available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/139623

Kids Go Ska… Under 16s 1/2 price tickets now onsale for Ska Festival 30th anniversary

KIDS GO SKA! Bring your kids for 1/2 price to The London International Ska Festival​ gigs.

We are delighted to announce that Kids over 8 years old will be able to attend The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary​ gigs. There are 1/2 price tickets for anyone Under 16 now onsale at the link below.

Please note no under 8’s are permitted. Any under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All under 18s must leave the venue by 11pm.

1/2 price Kids (under 16s) tickets are now available for:

Thursday 29th March 2018 – day 1
– The Clarendonians​, Doreen Shaffer​, Otis Gayle​, Alpheus​ + more tba *

– The Spitfires​, DJ Little Diane & more ±

Good Friday 30th March 2018 – day 2
– Derrick Morgan​, Freddie Notes​, The Uppertones​, The Hypocondriacs​, Lili Rudies​ +more *

– AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE​, Smiley & The Underclass​, and more ±

Saturday 31st March 2018 – Day 3
– Pama International​ perform Trojan Records​ songook w/ Ken Boothe​, The Original Aces, The Nice Guys, SFL sound +more *

– Do The Dog skazine presents: Bombskare​, The Kubricks​, Captain Accident & The Disasters​, Almighty Uprisers​ ±

Easter Sunday 1st April 2018 – Day 4
– Horace Andy​, Johnny Clarke, The Hempolics​ & Ras Digby​-Sir Jessus dubplate special *

– Ska Explosion w/ Maroon Town​, Potato5 horns, Capone & The Bullets, DJ Peter Craig ±

* O2 Academy Islington
± O2 Academy 2 Islington

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/London-International-Ska-Festival-tickets/artist/1973806

Pama Intl perform Trojan Records close to a sell-out

There are only 79 tickets left for Pama International performing the Trojan Records songbook at The London Intl Ska Festival day 3 (Sat 31 Mar’18).

The show features legendary special guests Ken Boothe and Desmond Dekker’s Original Aces, plus support from The Nice Guys (from Belgium), Cara Means Friend and SFL Sound on the decks.

All happening at the O2 Academy Islington
Tickets: http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/110177

More DJ’s announced for Ska Festival 30th anniverary

We are delighted to announce the latest 2 DJs to be added to The London intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary are;

Alan Handscombe (who DJ’d the first ever ska festival) and

Francesco Ruderoma Nembokid
(from Sally Brown of Rome and Caribbean Uptempo – Ska Latin Area of Rototom Sunsplash)

They both will be DJing day 1 of the festival. Alan will be DJing Barrie Sharpe – The Big Stuff maestro clubnight, while Francesco will be opening the festival on the Clarendonians, Doreen Shaffer, Otis Gayle +more show on the mighty Gladdy Wax sound system.

All happening Thursday 29th March 2018 at O2 Academy Islington, London N1.

For full line-up announced so far go to
www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/line-up

Alan Handscombe

For full line-up announced so far go to
www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/line-up

Do The Dogs skazine bash onsale

30 x £5 earlybird tickets onsale today for
Do The Dog Skazine’s bash at The London International Ska Festival is now onsale.
It stars Bombskare (winners of BBC Four Best Part time band) plus The Kubricks, Captain Accident & The Disasters, Almighty Uprisers and more tba!

Buy now and save £10 per ticket!
http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/139623

Sat 31 Mar’18 – 5pm-10pm at O2 Academy2 Islington, London N1

Barrie Sharpe added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018

We are delighted to announce the latest DJ to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary… is

Barrie Sharpe – The Big Stuff maestro

Barrie K Sharpe, was one of the four creators of the iconic fashion brand Duffer of St. George, one of the two creators of the “Rare Groove” scene and in the band that was said to have defined Acid Jazz – Diana Brown & The Bothers, who metamorphosed into The Brand New Heavies and The Young Disciples.

Along With Diana Brown, Barrie had the first Acid Jazz style commercial success with their track “Masterplan”, a hit on both sides of the atlantic.

Not surprising then that he is best known for contribution to funk, but his superb collection of ska, rocksteady and reggae is something he has been building since 1970. And something that regularly gets aired at his rammed Big Stuff nights which he runs with Femi Fem (Young Disciples).

Whether through fashion or music he has been very much at the forefront of the movement that changed youth culture since the mid 80s.

For the 30th anniversary of The London Intl Ska Festival Barrie will be hosting the clubnight (day 1 of The London International Ska Festival – Thurs 29th March’18) at the O2 Academy Islington room 2. Expect killer, dancefloor fillers all night long.

Tickets onsale next week. Special guest tba.

Free entry to LISF2018 wristband holders and anyone attending our legends of Studio One show w/ The Clarendonians, Doreen Shaffer, Otis Gayle & Alpheus and The Spitfires show.


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

LIVE ACTS:

KEN BOOTHE
HORACE ANDY
DERRICK MORGAN
FREDDIE NOTES
THE CLARENDONIANS
JOHNNY CLARKE
RANKING JOE
DOREEN SHAFFER
OTIS GAYLE
THE ORIGINAL ACES
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
PAMA INTERNATIONAL
POTATO 5 horns
THE HEMPOLICS
ALPHEUS
THE SPITFIRES
PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS play
…. The Clash In Dub
CAPONE & THE BULLETS
BOMBSKARE
THE KUBRICKS
HEAVYBALL
CAPTAIN ACCIDENT & THE DISASTERS
THE UPPERTONES (Italy)
THE HYPOCONDRIACS (Spain)
REGGAE CHOIR
CARA MEANS FRIEND
THE NICE GUYS (Belgium)
SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS
THE ALMIGHTY UPRISERS
MIGHTY JOHN STREET SKA ORCHESTRA
More to be announced

DJs/sound systems:

DON LETTS
CLIVE CHIN
GLADDY WAX sound system
TESSA BASSIE (THE SLITS)
WRONGTOM
RAS DIGBY (Sir Jessus dubplate special)
ASHER G
AXIS VALV-A-TRON valve sound system
PHIL BUSH SOUNDS & PRESSURE
BARRIE SHARPE
TIGHTEN UP CREW
OXMAN
RAMSES HOPPA & DR.DUB (OnU Sound celebration)
ALAN HANDSCOMBE
TIME TUNNEL
LITTLE DIANE
SFL SOUND - TROJAN EXPLOSION
LILI RUDIES
FENOMENO SHOW
LAST GANG IN TOWN
FRANCESO RUDEROMA NEMBOKID
POSTIVE VIBRATION DJS
PETER CRAIG
More to be announced

Films:

To be announced

Free Family Day

tba
+ many more tba!