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Ken Boothe to appear at London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary!

We are proud to announce the first of 16 events at The London Intl Ska Festival’s 30th anniversary (29 Mar-1 Apr’18) will be our world famous ‘Rocksteady on the River’ Thames cruise starring the legendary Studio One & Trojan Records recording artist KEN BOOTHE!

The cruise take place onboard the beautiful Dixie Queen paddle steamer and sails from (and returns to) Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT (1pm – 5pm).

We are truly honored to announce the legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe has agreed to perform at The London Intl Ska Festival’s 30th Anniversary.

Best known for his No.1 UK hit ‘Everything I Own’, Boothe started his musical career by winning a singing competition at the age of 8. His debut recording came in the ska-era when he teamed up with Winston ‘Stranger’ Cole in the duo Stranger And Ken, releasing classic cuts including World’s Fair and Artibella, before moving onto Clement Dodd’s Studio One label. A series of classic cuts followed including The Train Is Coming (on which he was backed by Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer & BB Seaton of The Gaylads) and Moving Away.

In 1967 he toured the UK for the first time with fellow rocksteady legend Alton Ellis. The tour was hugely successful, with Boothe being promoted as “Mr.Rock Steady”. The title was also used for his debut album the following year, which contained the unlikely but huge selling rocksteady version of Puppet On A String. In 1974 Boothe teamed up with producer Lloyd Charmers, a pairing that spawned his two biggest UK hits including Everything I Own, which topped the UK charts for 4 weeks, and the follow-up ‘Crying Over You’ which peaked number 11.

Having recorded for most of Jamaica’s top producers Ken Boothe’s catalogue is immense and stretches from Ska, through Rocksteady and into 70’s and conscious reggae; Silver Words, The Way Nature Planned, Godfather theme, Freedom Street, Who Get’s Your Love, Ain’t No Sunshine, I Don’t Want To See You Cry, Is It Because I’m Black, to name just a few of his timeless classics.

Ken Boothe is truly one of the greatest performs to perform at the London Intl Ska Festival. We are honoured to have him performing at our 30th anniversary.

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TICKETS are onsale now at

The cruise is free entry to LISF2018 wristband ticket holders