WIN tickets to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019

Here’s your chance to WIN tickets to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 by picking up our superb new compilation – Rudies All Around vol.1.

There are 5 Golden Tickets hidden inside the CD and vinyl copies of the album. Each ticket found gets the lucky winner and a friend into all 16 of the world exclusive events happening at LISF2019 (18-21 April).

Rudies All Around vol.1 is in the shops end of Aug, but preorder and you’ll gets yours earlier plus an instant download copy of Phoenix City All-stars version of London Calling (exclusive mix).

It stars 18 bands from 13 countries incl: Rocksteady Sporting Club (Reunion Island), Le Birrette, Miserable Man & The Uppertones (all from Italy), Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (Hungary), Pama International ft. Rico & Phoenix City All-stars (both from England), The Bionic Rats (Ireland), Masons Arms (Germany), Atsushi and the Moisties (New Zealand), The King Kong 4 (Canada), Dan P and The Bricks, The Lions, The Scotch Bonnets (all from USA), Capone and the Bullets (Official) (Scotland), The Rulerz (South Korea), Travelers All Stars (Mexico) and Los Aggrotones (Argentina).

All bands have donated tracks to help raise money for the festival. Every purchase helps us continue.

So, to support the festival, bag yourself some great tunes AND be in with a chance of winning ska festival tickets go to https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/releases

We need you / Help support the London Intl Ska Festival

Would you like to support The London International Ska Festival? Cutting to the chase… The festival is still in a huge amount of debt (over £50,000).

Over the last year, with your help & support, we have mangaed to pay off over £23,000, which is amazing, but to keep moving forward we really need to clear some more of the debt.

Here’s 4 ways you can help…

01. Purchase a Patron or Earlybird ticket for The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher Either get you into all 16 world exclusive events at the festival (18-21 April) incl. our world famous Thames cruise and all valve soundclash.

02. Preorder a copy of our upcoming compilation
Rudies All Around vol.1

ft. 18 bands from 13 countires https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/
What’s more there are 5 golden tickets to be found in the CD (only £4.99!) & vinyl copies. Each Golden Ticket gets 2 people entry to the festival!

03. Buy a ticket for one of summer Thames cruises;

– 14.07 2Tone cruise
– 04.08 Trojan Records 50th celebration
– 29.09 Night Boat To Greenwich – a Madness Special
www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

04. Preorder one of our labels upcoming releases
(in addition to Rudies All Around) our Happy People label has these releases lined up;

– Phoenix City All-stars – Clash Version Rockers
“an incendiary dub take on The Clash”
https://phoenixcityall-stars.bandcamp.com/

– Pama Intl meets Manasseh – Trojan Sessions In Dub
Dub version of PI’s 2006 Trojan Records album
https://pamainternational.bandcamp.com/music

– Pama International – Altruistic Soul Sound of…
Next studio album -Out Jan’19 –
preorder now and recieve for Christmas
https://pamainternational.bandcamp.com/music

While you’re there check out all our other releases and merch!

More fund raising ideas coming v soon!

Thank you for your continued support. It truly is appreciated.

The first 3 bands announced for The London Intl Ska Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce the first 3 bands to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 are;


Le Birrette from Italy

The magnificent all-female 10 piece band have a beautiful feel for the traditional ska and rocksteady sounds. Sublime harmonies coupled with true style and hot original material is a world beating combination.

The Indecision from Leeds, UK
With David Rodigan placing the band in his illustrious BBC list of the ‘Best of British Reggae’, and airplay in from BBC1Xtra and BBC6Music the future looks bright for Leeds’ superb ska & rocksteady specialists.

King Zepha from Leeds, UK

Proving Leeds truly is a hot bed for JA influenced sounds right now, King Zepha come with a superb take on Blue Beat styled Jamaican ska & boogie.

With bands like these the future of ska is looking great. What’s more they all have brilliant new albums in the pipeline. If they’re new to you check them out and let us know what you think!

The are under 20 LISF2019 earlybird wristband tickets left. They get you entrance to all 16 events of the festival which runs over Easter (18-21 April’19). They also save over £30 per person.

Only available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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