We are honoured to announce 4 more DJs for The London Intl Ska Festival 2014 bill; the legendary Festus Coxsonne (pictured above), Oxman (Dub Vendor/Soul Jazz), Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts) and Kaptin Is Dead (Boomtown).
The legendary Festus has been involved in Reggae Music for over 40 years. Born in St Thomas Jamaica, Festus came to the UK in 1965 where his notable career as the number 1 selector for Coxsone Sound System began. Recognised as being one of the most influential figures in the sound system business, his passion and knowledge of Reggae Music is unsurpassed.
Whether holding fort for Dub Vendor All-stars, Soul Jazz Sound System or the Skalavin nights Oxman never fails to deliver world beating selections. One of the best in the game.
Chris Tofu has been programming festivals for 3 decades. Beit Glastonbury, Bestival, Big Chill, Secret Garden, Lovebox or hundreds of others he has always championed Ska & Reggae music and will be smashing the Ska Festival with a very unique ‘Vintage Remix’ set.
As the mayor of Boomtown Kaptin Is Dead had a pivotal role in entertaining thousands at one of the UK’s most successful festivals. Hi cavernous passion for Ska is guaranteed to get any dancefloor jumping!
More announcements coming very soon.
The London Intl Ska Festival are sitting on a large amount of old stock. Rather than leaving this all in storage we’d thought we’d sell it all off at super low prices, giving Ska music lovers great deals, whilst raising money to enable the festival’s continued growth.
With sights very much set on making The London Intl Ska Festival 2014 the best event to date all funds raised will help us programme even more bespoke events and exclusive events.
Included in the sale are London Intl Ska Festival CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, books and posters from £1 (post free in the UK) plus stock from Pama Intl, Rebelation, Smoke Like A Fish, Do The Dog music, Phoenix City All-stars, The Slackers, The Toasters, The Dualers and more!
The London Intl Ska Festival is 100% DIY with no sponsors or funding of any type so any purchase made really is a huge help! Thank you for supporting The London Intl Ska Festival.
All sale items can be found at: www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/shop
Famed author of People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae, and Caribbean Lives: Jimmy Cliff, David Katz has been added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2014 line up.
The renown Lee Perry expert will be DJing a Scratch/Upsetter set, packed full of exclusive and rare cuts, at the opening event of the festival: Junior Murvin performing the classic Black Ark album Police & Thieves in full at Camden Town’s famous Jazz Cafe.
Tickets are onsale now at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets
We are delighted to announce the first launch night of our brand new London Intl Ska Festival Social Club – Hotshot & Scorcher will be at The Fallen Angel, Islington on Friday 26th July.
Starring DJs Little Diane (Ace Cafe) and Mistah Brown (Tighten Up) spinning the finest Ska, Rocksteady, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and more!
All info can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/136630556534687/
Free entry to all Hotshot & Scorcher Social Club members! £3.50adv/£5 on the door (non-members) from
Hotshot & Scorcher is quite simply The London International Ska Festival’s label and Social Club – with monthly get togethers for friends, family and all round nice folk for good times.
Membership is open to anyone for £10. For that you’ll receive your membership card, free entry or 1/2 price/heavily discounted entry to all other Hotshot & Scorcher nights! Plus discounts on albums and other merchandise at all the gigs AND offers on other shows.
The idea behind Hotshot & Scorcher Social club is to build on the wonderful spirit of the London Intl Ska Festival, and create a series of monthly bespoke events. We hope you will get involved!
In August we have 2 Hotshot & Scorcher nights both at The Jazz Cafe in Camden.
1st Aug- Freddie McGregor offical aftershow party we’re calling Studio One Chartbusters with your hosts THE TIGHTEN UP CREW featuring special guest Seanie T – The Versitilian
spinning the sounds of Young Jamaica, Hit after Hit – Scorcher after Scorcher from JA’s No1 studio, all night long.
30th Aug – Phoenix City All-stars Skatisfaction album launch party
A blazin Ska/Skatalites styled take on THE ROLLING STONES featuring members from Pama Intl, Intensified, Kasabian, The Sidewalk Doctors, Dub Vendor All-stars, The Delegators, The Specials & Freddie Notes!! Plus special guests & DJ Little Diane
Hotshot & Scorcher Social Club membership available now from http://www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets/
Info on all our events can be found here
One of Jamaica’s finest singers – Mr. Ken Parker has been added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2014!
Having launched his career with at Studio One Ken Parker went onto record for Duke Reid, Byron Lee, Joe Gibbs, Rupie Edwards, Lloyd Chamers and Bunny Lee, releasing the all-time classics; I Can’t Hide, True True True, Jimmy Brown, Groovin, My Whole World Is Falling Down, Have A Good Time and sublime versions of A Change Is Going To Come and Help Me Make It Through The Night, to name a few. We are honoured to have him performing back in London for the first time in 4 decades!!
The London Intl Ska Festival 2014 hits London on Easter Weekend 17-20 April & stars 50 acts across 12 world beating events at iconic & famed London venues. Confirmed acts also include Derrick Morgan, Junior Murvin singing Police & Thieves, Pama International, Mr.T Bone (Italy), Tighten Up crew, Little Diane (Ace Cafe), Sounds & Pressure Sound System w/ Phil Bush and many more tba.
Only 42 Earlybird tickets left. Buy now and save £££ and get a free t-shirts/sweatshirt/CD. Please note that due to venue capacity 2 of the events will only be open to Earlybird ticket holders.
Here’s a reminder just how good Ken Parker’s music is…
We are honoured and delighted to announce Junior Murvin will be performing his classic ‘Police & Thieves’ album at The London Intl Ska Festival 2014!
Junior Murvin is undoubtedly best known for his international hit single and album ‘Police & Thieves’. His soaring falsetto voice coupled by one of Lee Perry’s finest production created a sublime song that still resonates around the world today.
The title track and gems such as I Was Appointed, Roots Train and Easy Task make up the ‘Police & Thieves’ album which, along with The Congos’ Heart of the Congos and Max Romeo’s War Ina Babylon, is considered part of a Scratch Perry/Black Ark produced “holy trinity.”
Murvin went onto to record dozens of classic tracks throughout the late 70s and early 80s including Badman Posse for Mikey Dread and Cool Out Son for Joe Gibbs. His unique voice seemingly untouched by time see’s him still touring all over the world today.
Earlybird tickets for the whole festival are available now from www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets
Only 60 left!!
The London Intl Ska Festival‘s very own bespoke record label, Social Club and agency, Hotshot & Scorcher is delighted to announce a brand new Collectors LP vinyl series. Each release is set to have a ltd.run of 300 numbered copies only making them beautiful bespoke collectors pieces of vinyl.
You can preorder the first three releases now HERE
Scorcher2 PAMA INTERNATIONAL – SOULFIRE LP
After a 3 year hiatus Pama Intl return with a blazing rhythm & soul affair.
Scorcher3 THE SIDEWALK DOCTORS LP
London’s finest practitioners of soulful rocksteady return with their second album.
Scorcher4 PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS – SKATISFACTION LP
Follow up to their triumphant 2 Tone Gone Ska album the All-stars return with an unique Jamaican Ska take on The Rolling Stones!
Only 300 copies are being made so preorder yours now to avoid disappointment. Please note these are only available to preorder at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/shop
The London Intl Ska Festival 2014 returns to the capital on Easter Weekend – 17-20 April 2014.
The festival is set once again to take place across a series of famed and iconic London venues with 50 acts from all over the world.
100 Earlybird tickets are now onsale for £99.99 HERE
For the fourth year in a row we’ve kept our Earlybird ticket price to £99.99 for our entire 4 day festival. Limited strictly to 100 tickets they will give you access to all London Intl Ska Fesival 2014 shows over Easter 2014. With previous festivals including Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Ken Boothe, Rico Rodriguez, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie Notes, The Pioneers, BB Seaton (The Gaylads), Owen Gray, The Specials; Jerry Dammers, Lynval Golding and Neville Staples, Neol Davies (The Selecter), Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Special AKA), Hotknives, Potato 5, The Loafers, The Skints, and many others besides you can rest assured 2014′s line up & bespoke programming will once again exceed all expectations.
Line up and venues to be announced shortly.
Buy your Earlybird festival ticket in April 2013 and get a free London Intl Ska Festival 2013 T-shirt, Sweatshirt, CD or A1 poster.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the bands, DJs, crew and everyone who came to our London Intl Ska Festival 2013 for making it such a special and memorable event.
The were so many magical moments. Thank you all!
See you in 2014!
The London Intl Ska Festival 2013 merchandise is now available from our online Shop
Included in this years booty are T-shirts, Polo Shirts, Sweatshirt, Posters and our limited edition/hand numbered Collectors CD ep featuring rare and exclusive songs from 100 Men, Pama Intl with Manasseh and Wrong Tom, The Sidewalk Doctors and Ed Rome.
Order now and pick up your items at the festival or if you can’t make it get then sent post free in the UK before 1st April 2013.
All stock available at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/shop