Archive for June 2011

First 2 bands added to the 2012 line up

We are delighted to announce the first 2 bands to be added to next years London International Ska Festival are, one of 2 Tone’s greatest musicians and writers Neol Davies aka The Selecter and the original line up of one of the best ska bands Britain has ever produced – the Hotknives.

As the founder and songwriter of The Selecter Neol Davies penned a string of classic 2 Tone hits that resonate as much today as they ever did. ‘Too Much Pressure’, ‘On My Radio’, ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’, ‘Celebrate The Bullet’ and the instrumental that sparked it all, the sublime AA-side to The Specials ‘Gangsters’, ‘The Selecter’ by The Selecter. 30 years on Neol returns with a sharp and powerful ten piece band, classic hits and scorching new songs, bringing the 2 Tone style and passion into the 21st century.
Neol Davies aka The Selecter live at KOKO, London:

Alongside world-class performances from Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Dave & Ansel’s superb reformation and Rico Rodriguez guesting with The Trojans, the Hotknives were the highlight of this year’s London Intl Ska Festival. They were quite simply phenomenal raising the roof with a superb performance which won them the biggest crowd reaction of the festival. Due to huge popular demand we are delighted to have the original line up of the Hotknives returning next year. Their superb anthemic songwriting made them hugely popular all over the UK, Europe and beyond. Their underground classic hits such as ‘Dave & Mary’, ‘Don’t Go Away’, ‘Driving Me Mad’ and ‘Crying’ still pick up worldwide airplay to this day. Amongst rumours of a brand new album, we are honoured to have them back for the third time!
Hotknives live at The London Intl Ska Festival 2011:

Further band and DJ announcements coming very soon, including Jamaican legends, 2 Tone heros and a host of international names. **Please note we are not taking applications from bands or DJs. We already have enough artists to fill the next 3 years. However we will be launching a worldwide competition up to bands to win themselves an opening slot on next years festival. Join the mailing list on this page to find out more.