The London International Ska Festival postponed

It is with heavy heart that I have to announce that this years London International Ska Festival is postponed due to insurmountable post-lockdown and artist issues. 

The new dates are Easter weekend – 6th – 9th April 2023, which will be our 35th anniversary edition!  As previously announced, this will be the last London International Ska Festival.
The majority of the artists and DJs from this year are being moved to our 2023 edition.  We will also be adding in many of the artists that have provided us with highlights from the last 35 years and be returning to some of your favourite and iconic London venues.
All 2020-2022 tickets will be valid.  Please email to be issued with new tickets.
Refunds are also available but will take sometime to work through.  Again please email to request a refund.
I would like to apologise wholeheartedly for any disappointment caused by the rescheduling.  I know a lot of people, me included, were very much looking forward to this years festival.
I do hope you will stick with the festival and join us for what is guaranteed to be a very special event, fitting for our last celebration.
New dates…
35th anniversary – Thursday 6th – Easter Sunday 9th April 2023
Tickets on sale now at

Our next 2 Tone Thames cruise

There are 19 days to our next 2 Tone Thames cruise!
Come sail the Thames listening to the sounds that defined and inspired the 2 tone era… the music of The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, The Bodysnatchers, Rico, Elvis Costello, The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Toots, Desmond Dekker, The Jam, Blondie and many more!
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Last chance to dance!

It is with a great deal of pride we are announcing that the last London International Ska Festival will be taking place on next Easter (6th – 9th April 2023) to coincide with our 35th anniversary.
I have had immense time celebrating all things ska, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone across five decades and would like to thank everyone; bands, singers, crew, DJ’s and fans alike for all shared love and support of the festival and music!
So… you now have two chances to come and experience The London International Ska Festival for the last time…
The London International Ska Festival 2022 (28-31 July 2022)
starring; the Queen of Reggae – Marcia Griffiths (headlining our all Woman’s Day), Big Youth, Trojan Records hit-makers – The Pioneers (Long Shot Kick De Bucket), Freddie Notes (Montego Bay), and Dave Baker (the voice of Dave & Ansel Collins / Double Barrel & Monkey Spanner), reggae superstar Christopher Ellis paying tribute to his father, the Godfather of Rocksteady – Alton Ellis and ground breaking female toaster – Ranking Ann, DJ Jerry Dammers (The Specials/2 Tone founder) and many more!
and our 35th anniversary…
The London International Ska Festival 2023 (6-9 April 2023)
which is set to be a very special, historic event, starring our favourite artists from over the years!
Tickets for both are available now from
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Important announcement regarding this years festival…
Following it’s 2 year enforced hiatus and the ongoing climate for live events it has not been easy to bring the festival back. There are many more hurdles then before to navigate though, and sadly we have had to restructure the festival, with (for various reasons including financial restrictions, ill health and rescheduled dates clashing) has meant that Misty In Roots, Pama International, Roger Rivas, Roddy Radiation and Susan Cadogan can no longer play LISF2022. We have already rescheduled 3 of these artists for LISF2023 and hope to do with the rest.
On a positive note this year’s festival see’s people flying in from a staggering 26 countries (!). It is being housed in Hackney’s beautiful EartH venue and on our world famous Dixie Queen paddle steamer cruise.
In addition to the headliners mentioned above we have; USA’s hottest new acts – The Bandulus and The Loving Paupers, both of whom were included in ‘Best of 2021’ lists on BBC 6 music by Craig Charles and Don Letts respectively, Marla Brown (daughter of Dennis Brown), Aleighcia Scott (who now hosts BBC Wales first Reggae show), the gorgeous all valve/hand built sound system – Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure lo-fi event, plus the finest DJs from around the world including 2 Tone Records/The Specials founder Jerry Dammers DJing on the Dixie Queen Thames cruise, along with The Pioneers! And many more!
Full line up / running times and tickets can be found at

Under 90 tickets left for Day 2 of The London International Ska Festival 2022!

I’m very happy to say that there are under 90 tickets left for day 2 of The London International Ska Festival (28-31 July 2022).

It stars a sensational line up of reggae royalty in Earth’s gorgeous theatre; The Pioneers (Long Shot Kick De Bucket, Let Your Yeah Be Yeah, Time Hard, Reggae Fever, Jackpot), Dennis Alcapone and Freddie Notes.

Plus one of the hottest bands out of the US right now – The Bandulus and DJs Miss Gemini (NYC) and Paul Dixon (Son of a Gun).

In the Hall we have Phil Bush’s all valve Sounds & Pressure lo-fi sound system with special guest DJs Tiny T (Mighty Cloudburst) and Brian Kelson (Scorcher). Running through til the early hours.

And in the Kitchen room we have Time Tunnel club night with DJs Sean Bright, Gerry Owens, Nanker P and Liam Curtin.

Under 90 tickets left folks! Don’t miss out!


We’re back!

Following a 2 year hiatus The London International Ska Festival returns for it’s 34th anniversary year on 28th-31st July 2022.

Once again we’re be celebrating all things ska and it’s glorious evolution through rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 Tone and beyond, with a world class line up that features legendary Jamaican artists including; the Queen of reggae – Marcia Griffiths, Big Youth, The Pioneers, Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker and Freddie Notes, reggae super-star Christopher Ellis doing a very special show that pays tribute to hid father – Alton Ellis, two of the hottest acts out of USA right now – The Loving Paupers and The Bandulus (both who featured on Don Letts and Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show ‘best of 2021’ playlists on BBC 6 music), daughter of Dennis Brown – Marla Brown and a wealth of sensational new talent from around the world.

Plus sound systems – Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure lo-fi valve sound and The Mighty Ruler sound systems, plus an unbeatable DJ line up including;  Jerry Dammers (The Specials/2 Tone founder), Oxman (Dub Vendor/Soho radio), Tiny T (Mighty Cloudburst), The Great Wassie One, an all female line up paying tribute to Sonia Pottinger;  Grace of Spades, Texas Ranger and Naoko The Rock, and many more!

All hosted at the gorgeous EartH venue in Hackney, London, and our world famous Thames cruise on the Dixie Queen paddle steamer (ft. The Pioneers, Jerry Dammers and The Bandulus!)

Wristband (gets you entry to all 4 days) and day tickets are available now at

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The last ever London Int'l Ska Festival
Easter weekend - 6-9 April 2023


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