Archive for April 2012

London Intl Ska Festival exclusively on iTunes

The exclusive London Intl Ska Festival 7″ collectors vinyl are instock and looking beautiful. Ltd. to only 500 numbered copies disc one features brand new tracks from The Selecter’s fonder/songwriter/guitarist Neol Davies and UK ska champions The Dualers, while disc 2 features Phoenix City All-stars and Dave Barker (voice of Dave & Ansell Collins). Grab them quickly as they’re going fast. Available exclusively at our Ska Festival and online in our shop

We are delighted to say the singles are also now being issued digitally exclusively on iTunes. Tell your friends/share the links…

The Dualers – Nothing Takes The Place of You

Neol Davies – Dolla Fe Dolla

Phoenix City All-stars ft. Dave Barker – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Phoenix City All-Stars – The Selecter


The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Book is available now


The rather lovely limited edition (2000 numbered copies) 2012 Ska Fest book is available now. 120 pages of features on the history & progression of ska, a photo review of 2011′s festival, Top 10s, an overview of this years fest, an 11 track free CD (ft. exlusive tracks from Phoenix City All-stars, The Dualers & Neol Davies, plus Los Granadians, Rebelation, Capone & The Bullets, Sidewalk Doctors, Hotknives) and much much more. Strictly 2000 copies. Once they’re gone they are gone. These really are lovely collectors pieces!

These are available exclusively at The London Intl Ska Festival (3-6 May) and from our online shop


O2 Academy Huge Ska Fest Competition

◆ O2 Academy Islington are launching a HUGE The London International Ska Festival competition on their Facebook competitions tab today. They’ve got festival four day passes, day passes and merchandise to give away. Click HERE now to explore & find out more!


SKA FEST DAY 3 Change of Venue


Please note Day 3 of The London Intl Ska Festival will now take place at the beautiful Islington Assembly Hall. The line up remains the same
FREDDIE NOTES (Trojan Rcds legend/singer of Montego Bay)
Doors 6pm – 11pm

Islington Assembly Hall, Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD
All tickets bought for Shepherds Bush Empire remain valid

An additional event will now be added to the Ska Festival… An after show party (11pm-late) will now take place at Islington Metal Works…

For tickets go to


NEVILLE STAPLE (The Specials) added to London Intl Ska Festival

We are delighted to announce NEVILLE STAPLE from The Specials will now be headlining Day 4 of The London Intl Ska Festival (6 May) as part of a 2 Tone Double Bill.

Best known as frontman/toaster of The Specials, Neville Staple initially joined 2 Tone’s finest as their roadie. At a fateful gig supporting The Clash, Neville took to the stage and never looked back. From the opening lines of The Specials debut single Gangsters… “Bernie Rhodes knows…Don’t argue” cemented the original rudeboy in popular British music forever.

At the height of The Specials powers, with the iconic Ghost Town at number one on the British charts, Neville departed with Terry Hall and Lynval Golding, to form Fun Boy Three. Since those heady times he has never stopped performing and with The Specials incredibly successful reformation not looking to let up any time soon it’s testament to Neville’s work ethic that he still finds the time and energy to pursue his solo career.

Neville replaces Fishbone, who sadly had to cancel their European tour due to singer Angello Moore knee surgery. The Fishbone London performance has been rescheduled to Nov’12.

The London Intl Ska Festival – Day 4 – Sunday 6th May
@O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Parkfield St, London N1
NEVILLE STAPLES (The Specials) vs NEOL DAVIES (The Selecter)

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Montreal radio show tonight

Big show coming up tonight from 10pm-12am on Montreal’s Roots Rock Rebel show! They’ve got an interview with reggae legend Dave Barker, plus a preview of The London International Ska Festival. Tune in at 90.3 FM in Montreal, or everywhere else!


London Intl Ska Fest exclusive 7″ singles


The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 proudly presents an exclusive series of 7″ collectors vinyl. 4 brand new tracks from Neol Davies (The Selecter), The Dualers, Dave Barker (Dave & Ansell Collins) and Phoenix City All-stars) on 2 ltd.edition 7″s. Only 500 numbered copies of each one. Only available at the ska fest and Grab yours quickly as they are going fast!!


4 more bands added to Ska Fest

The London Intl Ska Festival full line up just got fuller!!! Following the addition of Freddie Notes (Montego Bay) to The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 we have also just confirmed… Two classic Jamaican singers

OWEN GREY – the second singer ever to be released by Studio One AND the second singer ever to be released by Island Records… a true ‘foundation’ artist who’s career began at the Alpha Boys school in the Jamaican Rhythm & Blues era and continued throughout Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae. World beating tracks include Mille Girl, Midnight Track, On The Beaches, Too Experienced… one of the true greats, who was superb at last years festival… we had to have him back!

AJ FRANKLIN from The Chosen Few
The Chosen Few were Jamaica’s answer to The Stylistics. They evolved from The Federals, which also starred AJ Franklin and David Scott (aka Scotty – deejay extraordinaire… who’s toasting smash hits included The Harder They Come soundtrack winner ‘Draw Your Brakes’. Hits came thick & fast for producer Derrick Harriott & later Lloyd Charmers. Must hear cuts include Everybody Plays The Fool, I Love The Way You Love, Don’t Break Your Promises.

plus… from the 2 Tone era.. THE EQUATORS (pictured above). Stiff Records recording artists The Equators are reuniting at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 for their 30th anniversary… Formed in 1977 by the brothers Bailey (Donald, Leo & Rocky), they were discovered by Stiff boss David Robinson, performing with The Beat. Their under-rated debut ‘HOT’ album fused ska-reggae-soul-pop to great effect.

And UK scene stalwarts… THE GOLDMASTERS ALL-STARS – UK champions of authentic ska sounds who’ve recorded 4 albums and worked with JA legends Alton Ellis, Michael Prophet, The Pioneers, Dennis Alcapone, Owen Gray, Winston Francis, Winston Reedy and AJ Franklin.

As if that wasn’t enough we’ll have more to announce next week!!


Fishbone cancelation

We are very disappointed to announce that Fishbone have cancelled their European tour, which included The London Intl Ska Festival.
“Angelo Moore is at the hospital since last week end. His knee is seriously infected by a staphylococcus further to a surgical operation last year. The doctors are opposed to any travel. He has had 2 times surgery in the last 72 hours and will be under medical care/laid up for the next 6-12 weeks”.

Naturally we are gutted that Fishbone won’t beable to make the ska festival and wish Angelo a speedy recovering. We hope to rescheulde their performance for a ska fest special later in the year. All tickets will remain valid for that. If you’re still heading to the festival we have already secured a superb replacement headline act, which we will announce next week… so watch this space! The rest of Day 4’s line up is still KILLER… Neol Davies aka The Selecter, The Skints, Chris Murray, Rebelation, Don Letts & Bazza Barrett (Pressure Drop).

Freddie Notes added to line up

FREDDIE NOTES – legendary singer of the phenominal global smash hit Montego Bay joins Ska Festival line up!!!

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Freddie Notes launched his career on the famous Jamaican talent show “Opportunity Hour” run and compered by the great Vere Johns and promptly went onto cut his first record at Studio One. Emmirgrating to London in 1964 success soon followed when he joined The Rudies. Recording for Dandy Livingstone’s Downtown label (subsid of Trojan) hits came thick and fast… “Return from South Vietnam”, “Down on the Farm”, “Chicken Inn” and the global smash hit “Montego Bay”. Freddie also enjoyed international solo success with his hit “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”. In 1982 Freddie set the Ethelred Estate Community Youth Club in Kennington, which he runs to this day. We are delighted that Mr.Notes, a true pioneer of reggae in Britain, has agreed to perform at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012.