The legendary Stranger Cole added to 2016 line up

We are delighted to announce Stranger Cole has been added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2016.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1945 Stranger Cole is a true pioneer of Jamaican music, who’s career not only encompasses the birth of ska, but also rocksteady and reggae. From 1962 he worked with the islands biggest producers, instantly finding success with singles such as Rough and Tough and When You Call My Name (a duet with Patsy Todd) for producer Duke Reid. Further success followed with singles for Studio One’s Clement Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Bunny Lee, Lee Scratch Perry and Sonia Pottinger, and included truly the phenomenal duets with Ken Boothe – (Worlds Fair and Artibella), Gladstone Anderson (Just Like A River, Love Me Today and Love Me This Evening) and solo cuts Run Joe and Banarang.

Now in his 70th year Stranger Cole continues to perform the world over and we are truly honoured to have him headlining day 1 of The London Intl Ska Festival 2016.

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

Contact update

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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 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

Individual event Earlybird tickets are also available for our Thames Cruise and Valve Soundclash at


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

Easter weekend 2-5 April | famed & iconic Lonodn venues | 60+ artists

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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.

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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.

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FREE entry to London Intl Ska Festival 2015 Wristband ticket holders.
Day tickets and wristband tickets available now from

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.


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



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

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Easter 24th - 27th March 2016
50 acts | famed & iconic London venues


JOHNNY OSBOURNE sings Truths & Rights
& many more tba


AXIS VALV-A-TRON (valve system)
SOUNDS & PRESSURE LO-FI (valve system)
OXMAN (Dub Vendor)
& many more tba



Free Family Day

+ many more tba!