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.
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
Channel One Sound System Thames cruise
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT. 6.30-11pm. £25
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
Dance Craze film starring The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat & more
The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY. 8pm. £15
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
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
2 Tone Thames cruise
Onboard The Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm. £25.00
Axis vs Sounds & Pressure all-valve sound system soundclash
Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH. 8pm-2am. £15
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
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
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
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)
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
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
More shows to be announced!
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.
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
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!
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
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 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.
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
Twitter & Facebook: @thedead60s
Back in the late 80’s Wendy started a club night at Kentish Town’s Town & Country Club on Friday nights called Wendy May’s Locomotion which regularly pulled in 2000 clubbers and is featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs as he was a regular and big fan. Seen as a welcome alternative to some of the pretentious clubs in London at the time, there was no dress code and the music was soulful, wild and real. Frequented by the likes of Madness, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, it became home from home for Camden boys The Pogues. Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim did one of his first ever DJ sets warming up for Wendy when he was just the bass player with The Housemartins, and Phill Jupitus first took to the decks at her club!
We’re delighted to have Wendy returning to London to DJ our festival!
SMOKE LIKE A FISH
For those of you new to them have a listen hear… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHiCwqJIdNo
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