Trojan Records official Thames cruise 5

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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!


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!

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;

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

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

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)

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.

Love Trojan Records? Then don’t miss this tour…

Love Trojan Records?
Then you can’t miss this tour…
Pama International perform Trojan Records songbook
Greatest Hits | Free songbook with every ticket.


Alpheus added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

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

The Jamaican born, Studio One signed, singer supreme – ALPHEUS.

What’s more it will be his debut UK concert!

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Born and raised by Jamaican parents in London, England, Alpheus developed a passion for singing after seeing an old recording of Sam Cooke perform on television, and performing on local sound systems in London as a youth. His love for Ska rocksteady and reggae developed as he was exposed to singers like John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Don Carlos, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Michael Gordon, Keith Douglas, Thriller U, Maxi Priest, and many more great artists.

Whilst Alpheus was living in Florida USA In 1997 he was discovered by Tony Brevett of the famed vocal rocksteady group ‘The Melodians‘. Mr.Brevett took Alpheus to the legendary Clement Dodd at Studio One in New York, where after honing his craft as a session vocalist and singing various singles Alpheus recorded his debut album ‘Quality Time’ which was released in 1999, on some of those classic ‘Studio One ‘ Ska rocksteady rhythms. After Touring the USA and learning his stage performance skills with talented artists like Everton Blender and Richie Spice, Alpheus went on to sing a nice and even more contemporary reggae album with ‘Special delivery label ‘ France in 2007.

Then came the delightful’ Roberto Sanchez produced singles, (7’’and EP) “Two rocksteady riddims”-Dirty dozen and family rhythms. Alpheus then progressed to sing his third critically and musically successful album entitled ‘From Creation’ on A-lone label (lone ark) in 2011, also Roberto Sanchez ‘produced. This is a superb album which consists of stunning re-creations and original composed ska and roots rocksteady music.

After performing The ‘From Creation’ Album on various renowned festivals in Europe, such as Garance, Rototom, Montreux Jazz, Reggae Sun Ska and Reggae Geel, the creative duo Team up again to make yet another quality album of more ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae’ music for all to receive and enjoy, released by Liquidator Music label.

Alpheus followed up ‘From Creation’ with a stunning 14 song album entitled ‘Good Prevails’ that captivates re-creations of classic Ska rocksteady rhythms, as well as meticulously constructed original compositions of authentically made ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae ‘Produced yet again by the gifted ‘Roberto Sanchez’.

2018 not only promises his debut UK show, but also another world-beating album!

You will always hear and feel Alpheus singing resonantly from his heart and soul. We are delighted to have on of today’s most talented ska & rocksteady singers gracing The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary.

Earlybird tickets (only 4 left) onsale now at:

Alpheus joins; Ken Boothe​, Derrick Morgan​, The Original Aces, Pama International​ and many more still tba. LISF hits the capital next Easter 29 March – 1 April 2018.

London Intl Ska Festival sponsor Gladdy Wax sound system at Notting Hill Carnival

For the third year running The London Intl Ska Festival is honoured to be sponsoring
the mighty GLADDY WAX SOUND SYSTEM at Notting Hill Carnival.

Outside 306 Portobello Rd (on the corner of Goldbourne Rd)

Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2018
Midday to 7pm both days.

Gladdy is a legendary soundman / one of the best around and his set up truly is our favourite and the best part of the Carnival. Since 1989 Gladdy has been doing Carnival and every year the finest selectors and mcs pass through. Don’t miss out this year. The ska fest will be in full attendance.

Ska legend Derrick Morgan added to LISF2018 30th Anniversary

We are honoured to announce that Derrick Morgan is the latest headline artist to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary.

Along with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, Mr Morgan was a mainstay of the festival in the early days, and as one of the original Ska greats, we felt it vital for him to be part of our 30th Anniversary!

Come here hits like; Moon Hop (the origianl Skinhead Moonstomp), Blazing Fire, Tougher Than Tough, The Conqueror, Seven Letters, Fat Man, Don’t Play That Song, Stand By Me, and many many more.

There are only 8 earlybird tickets left for the festival. One wristband gets you into 16 world exclusive events…

Ken Boothe to appear at London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary!

We are proud to announce the first of 16 events at The London Intl Ska Festival’s 30th anniversary (29 Mar-1 Apr’18) will be our world famous ‘Rocksteady on the River’ Thames cruise starring the legendary Studio One & Trojan Records recording artist KEN BOOTHE!

The cruise take place onboard the beautiful Dixie Queen paddle steamer and sails from (and returns to) Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT (1pm – 5pm).

We are truly honored to announce the legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe has agreed to perform at The London Intl Ska Festival’s 30th Anniversary.

Best known for his No.1 UK hit ‘Everything I Own’, Boothe started his musical career by winning a singing competition at the age of 8. His debut recording came in the ska-era when he teamed up with Winston ‘Stranger’ Cole in the duo Stranger And Ken, releasing classic cuts including World’s Fair and Artibella, before moving onto Clement Dodd’s Studio One label. A series of classic cuts followed including The Train Is Coming (on which he was backed by Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer & BB Seaton of The Gaylads) and Moving Away.

In 1967 he toured the UK for the first time with fellow rocksteady legend Alton Ellis. The tour was hugely successful, with Boothe being promoted as “Mr.Rock Steady”. The title was also used for his debut album the following year, which contained the unlikely but huge selling rocksteady version of Puppet On A String. In 1974 Boothe teamed up with producer Lloyd Charmers, a pairing that spawned his two biggest UK hits including Everything I Own, which topped the UK charts for 4 weeks, and the follow-up ‘Crying Over You’ which peaked number 11.

Having recorded for most of Jamaica’s top producers Ken Boothe’s catalogue is immense and stretches from Ska, through Rocksteady and into 70’s and conscious reggae; Silver Words, The Way Nature Planned, Godfather theme, Freedom Street, Who Get’s Your Love, Ain’t No Sunshine, I Don’t Want To See You Cry, Is It Because I’m Black, to name just a few of his timeless classics.

Ken Boothe is truly one of the greatest performs to perform at the London Intl Ska Festival. We are honoured to have him performing at our 30th anniversary.

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TICKETS are onsale now at

The cruise is free entry to LISF2018 wristband ticket holders

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Easter weekend
29th March - 1st April 2018


More to be announced

DJs/sound systems:

Gladdy Wax sound system
Axis valv-a-tron valve sound system
Phil Bush Sounds & Pressure lo-fi
Tighten Up crew
Time Tunnel
To be announced


To be announced

Free Family Day

+ many more tba!