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Our next 2 Tone Thames cruise

There are 19 days to our next 2 Tone Thames cruise!
Come sail the Thames listening to the sounds that defined and inspired the 2 tone era… the music of The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, The Bodysnatchers, Rico, Elvis Costello, The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Toots, Desmond Dekker, The Jam, Blondie and many more!
 
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Last chance to dance!

It is with a great deal of pride we are announcing that the last London International Ska Festival will be taking place on next Easter (6th – 9th April 2023) to coincide with our 35th anniversary.
 
I have had immense time celebrating all things ska, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone across five decades and would like to thank everyone; bands, singers, crew, DJ’s and fans alike for all shared love and support of the festival and music!
 
So… you now have two chances to come and experience The London International Ska Festival for the last time…
 
The London International Ska Festival 2022 (28-31 July 2022)
starring; the Queen of Reggae – Marcia Griffiths (headlining our all Woman’s Day), Big Youth, Trojan Records hit-makers – The Pioneers (Long Shot Kick De Bucket), Freddie Notes (Montego Bay), and Dave Baker (the voice of Dave & Ansel Collins / Double Barrel & Monkey Spanner), reggae superstar Christopher Ellis paying tribute to his father, the Godfather of Rocksteady – Alton Ellis and ground breaking female toaster – Ranking Ann, DJ Jerry Dammers (The Specials/2 Tone founder) and many more!
 
and our 35th anniversary…
The London International Ska Festival 2023 (6-9 April 2023)
which is set to be a very special, historic event, starring our favourite artists from over the years!
 
Tickets for both are available now from www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
 
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Important announcement regarding this years festival…
Following it’s 2 year enforced hiatus and the ongoing climate for live events it has not been easy to bring the festival back. There are many more hurdles then before to navigate though, and sadly we have had to restructure the festival, with (for various reasons including financial restrictions, ill health and rescheduled dates clashing) has meant that Misty In Roots, Pama International, Roger Rivas, Roddy Radiation and Susan Cadogan can no longer play LISF2022. We have already rescheduled 3 of these artists for LISF2023 and hope to do with the rest.
 
On a positive note this year’s festival see’s people flying in from a staggering 26 countries (!). It is being housed in Hackney’s beautiful EartH venue and on our world famous Dixie Queen paddle steamer cruise.
 
In addition to the headliners mentioned above we have; USA’s hottest new acts – The Bandulus and The Loving Paupers, both of whom were included in ‘Best of 2021’ lists on BBC 6 music by Craig Charles and Don Letts respectively, Marla Brown (daughter of Dennis Brown), Aleighcia Scott (who now hosts BBC Wales first Reggae show), the gorgeous all valve/hand built sound system – Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure lo-fi event, plus the finest DJs from around the world including 2 Tone Records/The Specials founder Jerry Dammers DJing on the Dixie Queen Thames cruise, along with The Pioneers! And many more!
 
Full line up / running times and tickets can be found at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk


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2022 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
28th - 31st July 2022

LIVE ACTS:

MARCIA GRIFFTHS
BIG YOUTH
THE PIONEERS
DENNIS ALCAPONE
FREDDIE NOTES
DAVE BARKER
CHRISTOPHER ELLIS' tribute to
Alton Ellis
RANKING ANN
THE BANDULUS (USA)
THE LOVING PAUPERS (USA)
MARLA BROWN
ALEIGHCIA SCOTT
ZEN BASEBALLBAT
SUBSETTERS
More to be announced

Sound Systems:

SOUNDS & PRESSURE LO-FI valve sound ft.
- PHIL BUSH
- TINY T (Mighty Cloudburst) &
- BRIAN KELSON (Scorcher)

THE MIGHTY RULER SOUND SYSTEM ft.
- PAPA ELI (Wreck It Up)
- MARK PROFESSOR
- JAY SOUNDZ
- PAPA SIMON
- DES VAN MAN
- MUZIK LOVER
- LIKKLE ANDY

DJs:

JERRY DAMMERS
OXMAN
WASSIE ONE
DAVE MACK
GRACE OF SPADES (USA)
TEXAS RANGER
NAOKO THE ROCK
TIME TUNNEL ft.
- LIAM CURTIN
- SEAN BRIGHT
- GERRY OWEN &
- NANKER P
FUNKDUB ft.
- GENTLEMAN KUSH &
- 3DJ
GIO ONE STOP
PADDY M (Pressure Drop)
MISS GEMINI (USA)
PAUL DIXON (Son of a Gun)
HEIDI ELLIS

And more to be announced
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