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 www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

The cruise is free entry to LISF2018 wristband ticket holders

Help Save The London Intl Ska Festival

Help Save The London Int’l Ska Festival
Become a Patron today!

Sean Flowerdew here. I founded/run The London Intl Ska Festival, which is facing some tough times. Although we have grown year on year, historic debts (mounting to over £79,000) have meant I can no longer fund the festival solely by myself, something which I have done since I launched the festival back in 1988.

2018 will be our 30th Anniversary and I’d love nothing more to celebrate with yet another truly unique event, but I need your help. I’ve launched a ‘Become a patron of The London Intl Ska Festival’ campaign whereby bands and DJs who’ve played the festival over the years, fans/friends of the festival and lovers of ska, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone music can help ensure the survival and growth of the festival.

I’d like to think The London Intl Ska Festival (the first of it’s type and longest running) has become a vital and loved event. I’ve come up with 4 options of how you can help/become a patron for as little as £25.

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Option 1 – £25
Become a patron of the LISF for £25 and receive

– Your name will be listed in the 2018/30th Anniversary Ska Festival book
– You will receive a set of our 6 exclusive football team postcards





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Option 2 – £40
Become a patron of the LISF for £40 and receive

– Your name listed in the 2018/30th Anniversary Ska Festival book
– A set of our 6 football team postcards
– An exclusive screen printed patron’s t-shirt


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Option 3 – £147 / LISF2018 ticket
Become a patron of the LISF for £147 and receive

– Your name listed in the 2018/30th Anniversary Ska Festival book
– A set of our 6 football team postcards
– A wristband ticket for LISF2018 (29 March-1 April’18)

Click HERE for this option

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Option 4 – Make a donation

Every £1 raised truly does help





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

Help Save The London Intl Ska Festival

As many of you reading this know, I’ve been running the London Intl Ska Festival since I was 17 back in 1988 and have always funded it solely by myself.

It attracts people from around the world every year and has grown year on year.  We’ve had pretty much all the greats of Jamaican music, 2 Tone and more…  Prince Buster, Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, The Skatalites with Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Dizzy Moore, Lloyd Brevitt and Lloyd Knibb, Derrick Harriott, Marica Griffiths, Lee Perry, Horace Andy, The Selecter, The Beat, Jerry Dammers, James Hunter, Dreadzone, Twinkle Brothers, Steel Pulse, Keith & Tex, Ken Parker, The Skints, Dennis Bovell, Dub Pistols, Lynval Golding, etc etc.

I’d like to think it’s a vital event to support the music of ska, rocksteady, reggae, 2 Tone and beyond.

Unfortunately due to historic debts of the festival (£79,000) it’s got to a point where I can no longer fund it by myself.  So I’ve launched a patrons scheme, where fans of the festival and the music can support and keep the festival surviving and growing.

People can support/find out more at
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-save-the-london-intl-ska-festival/

There are only 4 days left of the crowdfunder campaign.  Anything raised will help so please support if you can!

All the best,

Sean Flowerdew

 

The London intl Ska Festival 2017 full line up

THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL 2017

London Intl Ska Festival 2017 wristband ticket entitles the holder to entry to their chose of all the shows below.  Or individual tickets for all events can be bought, also at the links below.  If you’re buying a wristband ticket please note some of the events clash.  Pleas also note no refunds will be given for any of the tickets below.  Please make sure you can attend before purchasing.

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

Shows confirmed so far include;

Day 1 – Thursday 13th April  

Misty In Roots 

+Pama Int’l, Capital Letters, Hugo Lobo, The Brothers Ignatius big band & Dub Assoiciation DJs.
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight.  £20

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Channel One Sound System Thames cruise
Onboard the The Golden Jubilee.  Sails from Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Bitty Mclean sings On Bond Street
+ Pama Int’l, Dojo and DJ Angus Taylor

The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG.  7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Dance Craze film starring The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat & more
The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY.  8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Don Letts rock Against Racism club night

w/ DJ sets from Don Letts, The Skints, Pama Intl, Tim Wells, Fenomeno Show, Ali Skaba and more

The Dead Dolls House, Upper St, London N1 (opposite the Islington Assembly Hall). 9pm-4am. £6

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Day 2 – Friday 14th April

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Rocksteady on the River

starring Bitty Mclean & Christopher Ellis +The Magic Touch and DJ Lucky Cat Zoe
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Symarip’s Skinhead Moonstomp album performed by Roy Ellis & The Moonstompers
+ The Bionic Rats (from Dublin), Aggressors BC (from Belfast), The Bighead & DJs SFL sound
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight.  £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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2 Tone Thames cruise
Onboard The Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm.  £25.00
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Axis vs Sounds & Pressure all-valve sound system soundclash
Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH.  8pm-2am. £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Day 3 – Saturday 15th April

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Carroll Thompson sings Phyllis Dillon / Trojan Thames cruise

+ DJs Wendy May (Locomotion) & Lili Rudies (France)
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Do The Dog skazine bash – Smoke Like a Fish & Leo & The LineUp (Denmark)
+ The Meow Meows, Miserable Man (Italy), Junior Bill (Wales), Steel City Rhythm & DJ Eric-FCS (USA)
The Camden Assembly (formerly the Barfly), 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN.  2-8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Reggae Chartbusters ft. Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers & Owen Gray
+ 65 Mines St, Mighty Cosmics, DJ Dapper Dan & more tba!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Prince Buster Tribute clubnight

3 floors starring Tighten Up crew, Gladdy Wax, Oxman, Time Tunnel, Martin Cueto & more

The Dead Dolls House, 181Upper St, London N1. 7pm-4am. £6adv (free before 9pm)

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Day 4 – Sunday 16th April

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Kids Go Ska at The Modfather Clothing Co

FREE family day with acoustic sets and DJs

The Modfather Clothing Co, 37 Stables Market, Camden, London NW1.  1pm-7pm

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1000 Volts of Holt – A tribute to John Holt and his all-time classic album
starring Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Carroll Thompson, Christopher Ellis, Jewels Vass (Pama Intl) all backed by Ciyo Brown & His Rocksteady-ites.  + DJ Keith Lawrence.
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG. 7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Dance Craze film + Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Speical AKA)
+ The Equators, New Town Kings, Phoenix City All-stars, Counting Coins +more!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight. £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Ska Festival closing party

w/ DJs Wassie One, Texas Ranger, Skankin Steve, Jamie Renton and more

FREE ENTRY – The Dead Dolls House, Upper St, London N1 (opp. Islington Assembly Hall) 7pm-2am.

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The London Intl Ska Festival announces more shows

THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL 2017

London Intl Ska Festival 2017 wristband ticket entitles the holder to entry to their chose of all the shows below.  Or individual tickets for all events can be bought, also at the links below.  If you’re buying a wristband ticket please note some of the events clash.  Pleas also note no refunds will be given for any of the tickets below.  Please make sure you can attend before purchasing.

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

Shows confirmed so far include;

Day 1 – Thursday 13th April  

Misty In Roots 

+Pama Int’l, Capital Letters, Hugo Lobo, The Brothers Ignatius big band & Dub Assoiciation DJs. At Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight.  £20

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

.

Channel One Sound System Thames cruise
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT. 6.30-11pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Bitty Mclean sings On Bond Street
+ Pama Int’l, Dojo and DJ Angus Taylor at The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG.  7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Dance Craze film starring The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat & more
The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY.  8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Day 2 – Friday 14th April

Rocksteady on the River

starring Bitty Mclean & Christopher Ellis +The Magic Touch and DJ Lucky Cat Zoe.  Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Symarip’s Skinhead Moonstomp album performed by Roy Ellis & The Moonstompers
+ The Bionic Rats (from Dublin), Aggressors BC (from Belfast), The Bighead & DJs SFL sound
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight.  £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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2 Tone Thames cruise
Onboard The Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm.  £25.00
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Axis vs Sounds & Pressure all-valve sound system soundclash
Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH.  8pm-2am. £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Day 3 – Saturday 15th April

Carroll Thompson sings Phyllis Dillon / Trojan Thames cruise

+ DJs Wendy May (Locomotion) & Lili Rudies (France).  Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Do The Dog skazine bash – Smoke Like a Fish, Leo & The LineUp (Denmark), The Meow Meows, Miserable Man (Italy), Junior Bill (Wales), Steel City Rhythm & DJ Eric-FCS (USA)
The Camden Assembly (formerly the Barfly), 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN.  2-8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Reggae Chartbusters ft. Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers & Owen Gray
+ 65 Mines St, Mighty Cosmics, DJ Dapper Dan & more tba!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Prince Buster Tribute clubnight

3 floors starring Tighten Up crew, Gladdy Wax, Oxman, Time Tunnel, Martin Cueto & more

The Dead Dolls House, 181Upper St, London N1. 7pm-4am. £6adv (free before 9pm)

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Day 4 – Sunday 16th April

1000 Volts of Holt – A tribute to John Holt and his all-time classic album
starring Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Carroll Thompson, Christopher Ellis, Jewels Vass (Pama Intl) all backed by Ciyo Brown & His Rocksteady-ites.  + DJ Keith Lawrence.
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG. 7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Dance Craze film + Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Speical AKA)
+ The Equators, New Town Kings, Phoenix City All-stars, Counting Coins +more!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight. £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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More shows to be announced!

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Greensleeves 40th anniversary show with Freddie McGregor, King Jammy, Yellowman and more added to the festival!

We are honoured to announce the latest artists to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2017 are…
Freddie Mcgregor, King Jammy, Yellowman and Capital Letters! All part of Greensleeves Records 40th Anniversay celebrations.

Tickets on general sale this Sunday 26th Feb’17 at 5pm.
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.ticketweb.co.uk

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The London Intl Ska Festival & Academy events present
Greensleeves Records official 40th anniversary shows
FREDDIE McGREGOR | YELLOWMAN | KING JAMMY dub show

plus The Big Ship Band, Capital Letters and more tba

13.04 Bristol, O2 Academy
14.04 Oxford, O2 Academy
15.04 London, O2 Forum Kentish Town*

* part of The London Intl Ska Festival 2017.

From Alimantado to Alborosie for forty years Greensleeves Records has stayed on top of the game in presenting the very best in reggae music. Through the dancehall dominance of ‘Junjo’ Lawes, King Jammy & Gussie Clarke to the outernational success of Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, The Wailing Souls and Mr.Vegas to name but few, Greensleeves has been the mark of quality in reggae music.

Now teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival & Academy Events, Greensleeves Records celebrates it’s 40th anniversary with 3 earth-shattering shows starring 3 of the biggest names the world of reggae has seen, plus special guests!

Tickets on general sale Sunday 26th February’17 at 5pm
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

World exclusive Trojan Records triple bill!

We are delighted to announce another world exclusive show at this year’s London Intl Ska Festival 2017.

Day 3 – Saturday 15th April, see’s legendary Jamaican stars The Pioneers, Dave & Ansell Collins and Owen Gray all perform at the Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1.

Support comes from 65 Mines Street from France, DJ Dapper Dan and more tba.

Over 200 tickets sold on the first two days! Don’t miss this one!

Tickets: http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/80772

The Spitfires added to The Dead 60s London show

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
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/artist/the-dead-60s-tickets/28558
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 reforming to headline The London Intl Ska Festival

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.

April 2017;
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

www.thedead60s.co.uk 
Twitter & Facebook: @thedead60s 
Instagram: @thedead60sofficial

The Dead 60s - photo by Andy Cotterill.

Phoenix City All-stars added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2017

The seventh act to be announced (out of 10 due last weekend!) on The London Intl Ska Festival 2017​ is…. a world exclusive… a super rare show from Phoenix City All-stars​ performing thier ska exploration of Dexys Midnight Runners and other cuts from their critically acclaimed Skatisfation & 2 Tone Gone Ska albums.
PCAS – Searching For The Young Ska Rebels CD is back in stock this week. Available only from https://phoenixcityall-stars.bandcamp.com/album/searching-for-the-young-ska-rebels
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