Archive for June 2011

First 2 bands added to the 2012 line up

THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL 2012: 3RD-6TH MAY 2012
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.

NEOL DAVIES AKA THE SELECTER
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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsXVqgr9AMw

HOTKNIVES
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: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U-bFhjh_CY4

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.

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2018 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Easter weekend
29th March - 1st April 2018

LIVE ACTS:

KEN BOOTHE
DERRICK MORGAN
THE CLARENDONIANS
LONE RANGER ft. Soul Stereo
DOREEN SHAFFER
THE ORIGINAL ACES
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
PAMA INTERNATIONAL
POTATO 5 horn section
ALPHEUS
MAROON TOWN
CAPONE & THE BULLETS
BOMBSKARE
THE UPPERTONES (IT)
THE HYPOCONDRIACS
CARA-JANE MURPHY
SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS
More to be announced

DJs/sound systems:

GLADDY WAX sound system
RAS DIGBY (Sir Jessus dubplate special)
ASHER G
AXIS VALV-A-TRON valve sound system
PHIL BUSH SOUNDS & PRESSURE
TIGHTEN UP CREW
OXMAN
TIME TUNNEL
LITTLE DIANE
LILI RUDIES
To be announced

Films:

To be announced

Free Family Day

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