Archive for April 2011

The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

We are delighted to announce that stepping into the breach for The Ska Flames is…


The brainchild of Madness saxophonist Mr. Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson, The Ska Orchestra boasts an all-star/hand-picked line up that features fellow Madness original Mark Bedford alongside Steve Rooney-Drums, Kev Burdett-Guitar, Louis Vause-Piano, Seamus Beaghen-Hammond Organ, Jack Mitchell-Trombone, Steve Turner-Saxes, Steve White-Trumpet and of course Lee on sax & vocal duties. Recently formed in London back streets, just off the Hackney Rd, their common denominator is the classic Ska & Reggae sounds that burst out of Jamacia in the mid to late 60’s. Reinterupting & reinventing is the order of the day with a very personalised set being put together by Thompson. The London Intl Ska Festival will be their debut London show… tighten up & holdsteady for this cream of London players are going raise roof off!

The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra perform Day 4 of The London Intl Ska Festival on Sunday 24th April’11 – doors 6pm-2am

Tickets available now from
Or in person from:
-All Ages Records, Pratt St, Camden Town (only 50p booking fee)
-Dub Vendor, Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction


The Ska Flames

The London Intl Ska Festival- 5th April’11 update

We are very sorry to announce that due to the devastating events in Japan The Ska Flames are no longer able to play at The London Intl Ska Festival (21-24 April’11). In the words of band leader Okawa Takeshi “All The Ska Flames and their families are ok, but the situation around us is changing everyday affecting our friends, relatives, and businesses, which makes it impossible for the band to leave Tokyo now. We are running out of foods and fuel not only in stricken areas but also in Tokyo. We have some friends who were injured. Some of them lost their houses and have no food, water or electricity. Some of them died. We have lost a lot of important things. I’m so sorry to say that we cannot go to London to play at your festival this time. All the members of The Ska Flames have been looking forward to going to London and playing at the Ska Festival”.

We are happy to say Okawa Takeshi, will be making the trip by himself from Japan for our festival, to DJ on the opening night on 21 April’11. I hope you will join us in wishing The Ska Flames & Japan all the very best in these unbelievably hard times. Anyone who’s purchased a ticket to see The Ska Flames and would like a refund please contact the point of purchase.

We will be taking a collections throughout The London Intl Ska Festival for the Save The Children – Japanese Appeal, who although have amazingly already reached the initial targets their work there is very much ongoing. Please take a look at the appeal here