We are delighted to announce that Watford’s finest – The Spitfires have been added to The Dead 60s London show at The Electric Ballroom on 13th April 2017 (part of The London Intl Ska Festival).
Taking influences from The Clash, Billy Bragg, The Jam through to Soul, Reggae and Ska – the band have released 2 albums since 2015. ‘A Thousand Times’ was the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut ‘Response’ which saw the band enter high in the UK Album Charts and reach #6 in both the independent and vinyl charts, with the single ‘So Long’ charting at #1 in UK Vinyl Singles Chart.
Their work ethic and powerful song-writing mixed with their acute social commentary and lack of mainstream industry support has made this fiercely independent band one of the most popular underground success stories in the UK today. This DIY attitude and independent spirit has earned them a dedicated following and sold out shows across the whole of the UK and Europe.
Don’t just take our word for it though…
“A snarling proletarian polemic against the daily grind” – Classic Rock
“Gaining more and more friends with their stunning live shows” – Fred Perry Subculture
“The fight-back from the beaten generation starts here” – Daily Mirror
“Spiky, rebellious rock ‘n’ roll delivered with no small degree of street smarts and style” – Clash Magazine
“Insurgent energy…demands and then holds your attention” – Shindig! Magazine [4/5]
“A masterpiece….songwriting genius” – Original Rock [9/10]
“[The Spitfires] slip comfortably into their own skin with a maturity and richness that suits front man Billy Sullivan’s song-writing down to the ground” – Paste Magazine
Tickets for The Dead 60s UK tour including the London date are available from
Support for the whole tour comes from Pama International who will be promoting their ‘Love & Austerity’ album on Milan’s Record Kicks label.
The Dead 60s have announced they will be reforming for a set of six UK shows in April 2017, including headlining day 1 of The London Intl Ska Festival.
The band, featuring Matt McManamon, Ben Gordon, Charlie Turner and Bryan Johnson, burst onto the scene in 2005 with their Central Nervous System produced eponymous debut album & limited edition Space Invader dub album released through Liverpool label, Deltasonic Records. A string of singles accompanied the release including breakthrough hit Riot Radio.
Inspired by Gang of Four, Jackie Mittoo, King Tubby and The Clash, the band’s energised live performances and potent mix of punk, dub & horrorcore ska ignited audiences globally, winning over fans & critics alike and landing them key festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and Rock En Seine, as well as opening slots on tour with Morrissey, Kasabian and with label mates The Coral.
2007 found The Dead 60s embarking on a number of collaborations including their own signature jacket with Fred Perry and a compilation for legendary reggae label Trojan Records, Riot Radio Broadcast.
The band issued a statement in Feb 2008 announcing their split. Members have since pursued other musical careers, the most recent being Matt McManamon guesting as The Specials lead guitarist.
2017 sees The Dead 60s return to the stage for a limited run of shows, including headlining day 1 of The London Intl Ska Festival, with support from Pama International on all dates.
6th – Glasgow, O2 ABC 2
7th – Sheffield, O2 Academy 2
8th – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
9th – Brighton, Concorde 2
13th – London, Electric Ballroom (part of The London Intl Ska Festival)
14th – Liverpool, O2 Academy
Tickets for all shows are now available from www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
Twitter & Facebook: @thedead60s
Back in the late 80’s Wendy started a club night at Kentish Town’s Town & Country Club on Friday nights called Wendy May’s Locomotion which regularly pulled in 2000 clubbers and is featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs as he was a regular and big fan. Seen as a welcome alternative to some of the pretentious clubs in London at the time, there was no dress code and the music was soulful, wild and real. Frequented by the likes of Madness, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, it became home from home for Camden boys The Pogues. Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim did one of his first ever DJ sets warming up for Wendy when he was just the bass player with The Housemartins, and Phill Jupitus first took to the decks at her club!
We’re delighted to have Wendy returning to London to DJ our festival!
SMOKE LIKE A FISH
For those of you new to them have a listen hear… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHiCwqJIdNo
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We are truly honoured to announce the first headline event for The London Intl Ska Festival 2017 (13-17 April) is…
B A B Y L O N live!
London’s iconic reggae film brought to you by the soundtrack composer Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell and very special guests. At one of London’s truly historic venues!
Tickets go onsale on 1st July. To receive priority booking info join the LISF mailing list at HERE
Entrance is free to LISF2017 wristband ticket holders!
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A huge festival favourite they formed in 1989, split in 1995, but returned with their eclectic mix of political punk, ska, dub & electronic dance music in 2006. Even better news, they’re currently working on a new album!
The join Channel One Sound System, The Equators ( Stiff Records), the bionic rats from Ireland, 65 Mines Street from France, The Bighead, LEO & THE LINEUP from Denmark, The Mighty Cosmics, Counting Coins, Junior Bill from Wales, Axis Valvatron vs Sounds & Pressure valve sound clash, The Meow Meows and many more tba.
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