Archive for February 2012

The Winner of our Feb’12 Festival Ticket draw is…

We are very happy to announce that the winner for the February 2012 London Intl Ska Festival Ticket draw is…


Congratulations Yano… you have won a pair of tickets to the entire London Intl Ska Festival 2012.

Don’t worry if you entered and didn’t win, you have automatically been entered into the March and April draws. If you haven’t already entered and would like to win tickets to The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 simply email putting ‘Ska Comp’ in the subject line.


Ticketweb & HMV

The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 tickets available now at


HMV online and shops


Improvements to 2012’s Ska Festival

Since the relaunch of The London Intl Ska Festival last year we’ve had a lot of emails and requests from you. We’ve taken alot of them onboard to make 2012’s London Intl Ska Festival an even better experience for you.

– Under 18s & Wheelchair users
Both band venues we’re using this year – O2 Academy Islington and O2 Shepherds Bush Empire allow under 18s in their venues including 14s if accompanied by an adult at all times. Both venues also have access & facilities for wheelchair users.

– Cheaper Tickets
Times certainly are tough. Whilst not cutting back on quality or quantity of line up (we still have over 40 acts including many world exclusives) we’ve reduced our 4 day ticket by £7 and our day tickets have been lowered by between a whopping £19.50 and £7!! We’ve also reduced our booking fee’s considerably. Tickets available now from Ticketweb and HMV (online and in shops).

– Times
Running from 5pm-3am was too much for some people last year. Some just wanted to see the bands and catch the last tube. Some just wanted to come for DJs/club nights. So this year we’ve seperated them for you. Bands will be finished by 11.30pm each night in time for the last tube. If people want to party on longer we have events running on the Friday and Sunday all night (through to 6am from 10pm) within a 2 min. walk from O2 Islington Academy at The Islington Metalworks. And will be announcing other events for the Thursday & the Sunday.

– Location/Travel Links
Both O2 Academy Islington and O2 Shepherds Bush Empire are in central London and have great travel links for London Underground (Angel and Shepherds Bush tube stops) and bus routes.

We hope all these changes will make 2012 the best year yet for The London Intl Ska Festival and look forward to seeing you there.


George Dekker & Jackie Robinson from The Pioneers

Just in case anyone missed this post from last week….
In regards to The Pioneers performance at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012…

We have been asked by The Pioneers founding member Sydney Crooks to point out that he will not be performing at The London Intl Ska Festival. The line up we have booked for the festival is George Dekker and Jackie Robinson from The Pioneers.

As you may know George & Jackie sang on all The Pioneers hits and indeed wrote many of them, and have been performing as The Pioneers for some years. Out of respect for Mr.Sydney Crooks and his work we have agreed to bill this show as “Jackie Robinson & George Dekker from The Pioneers”. Backing them at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 will be arguably Europe’s no.1 act The Moon Invaders.

If anyone has bought tickets for The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 under the impression that Sydney Crooks will be performing and would like a refund please email



Gaz Mayall added to Ska Fest

The latest DJ to be added to The London International Ska Festival 2012 is… GAZ MAYALL

A London ska fest wouldn’t be the same without him… he performed with his band The Trojans & DJ’d the first ever London Intl Ska Festival back in 1988 and returned last year. He runs London’s longest running weekly club night… now into it’s 31st year… Gazs Rockin Blues! We are delighted to have Gaz djing the Closing party of the festival (Sunday 6 May) at The Islington Metalworks.


Line up update

Since our update on here some truly world class and legendary acts have been added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 line up including..

The legendary Jamaican trombonist, honorary member of The Specials & now member of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

The Pressure Tenants were handpicked by Laurel Aitken in the late 80’s and backed him right up until his untimely passing. They’ve now reformed to perform his classic Ska, Rocksteady, Bluebeat & Reggae hits that made ‘The Godfather of Ska’ one of the most loved artists the world over.

JERRY DAMMERS DJ set from The Specials & 2 Tone Records founder

Canadian born/Californian based Ska troubadour

More announcements very soon.