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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2017 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Easter 13th - 16th 2017

LIVE ACTS:

THE PIONEERS
DAVE & ANSELL COLLINS
MISTY IN ROOTS
ROY ELLIS (SYMARIP)
BITTY MCLEAN
OWEN GRAY
CHRISTOPHER ELLIS
PAMA INTERNATIONAL
RHODA DAKAR LOTEK FOUR
CAPITAL LETTERS
HUGO LOBO (Argentina)
BACK TO THE PLANET
THE EQUATORS
PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS
SMOKE LIKE A FISH (Wales)
NEW TOWN KINGS
CIYO BROWN & THE ROCKSTEADYITES
THE BIONIC RATS (Ireland)
THE MIGHTY COSMICS
MISERABLE MAN (Italy)
JEWELS VASS (Pama Intl)
DOJO
AGGRESSORS BC (Northern Ireland)
65 MINES STREET (France)
LEO & THE LINEUP (Denmark)
THE MAGIC TOUCH (Germany)
THE BROTHERS IGNATIUS
THE MEOW MEOWS
AUTONOMADS
JUNIOR BILL (Wales)
THE BIGHEAD
COUNTING COINS
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DJs:

DON LETTS
GLADDY WAX
CHANNEL ONE SOUND SYSTEM
OXMAN
TIGHTEN UP CREW ft.
Champian, Mistah Brown & Tim Dancecrasher
WENDY MAY
AXIS VALV-A-TRON (valve system)
SOUNDS & PRESSURE LO-FI (valve system)
THE GREAT WASSIE ONE
KEITH LAWRENCE
TEXAS RANGER
JOSH (THE SKINTS)
SEAN FLOWERDEW (PAMA INTL)
TIM WELLS
TIME TUNNELL ft.
Nanker Phelge, Boy About Town, Liam Curtin & Sean Bright
SFL SOUND
DUB FRONT ASSOCIATION (Belgium)
LAST GANG IN TOWN
FENOMENO SHOW
DJ DAPPER DAN
LUCKY CAT ZOE (Resonance fm)
ERIC - FCS SOUND SYSTEM (USA)
MARTIN CUETO (Argentina)
TRITON SOUND SYSTEM (Mexico)
ALI SKABA
SKANKIN STEVE
ANGUS TAYLOR
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Films:

DANCE CRAZE - cinema screening
DANCE CRAZE - gig screening
more tba

Free Family Day

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