Love Trojan Records? Then don’t miss this tour…

Love Trojan Records?
Then you can’t miss this tour…
Pama International perform Trojan Records songbook
Greatest Hits | Free songbook with every ticket.

Tickets/info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PamaIntl/events/

Alpheus added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

We are delighted to announce the latest singer to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary is…

The Jamaican born, Studio One signed, singer supreme – ALPHEUS.

What’s more it will be his debut UK concert!

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Born and raised by Jamaican parents in London, England, Alpheus developed a passion for singing after seeing an old recording of Sam Cooke perform on television, and performing on local sound systems in London as a youth. His love for Ska rocksteady and reggae developed as he was exposed to singers like John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Don Carlos, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Michael Gordon, Keith Douglas, Thriller U, Maxi Priest, and many more great artists.

Whilst Alpheus was living in Florida USA In 1997 he was discovered by Tony Brevett of the famed vocal rocksteady group ‘The Melodians‘. Mr.Brevett took Alpheus to the legendary Clement Dodd at Studio One in New York, where after honing his craft as a session vocalist and singing various singles Alpheus recorded his debut album ‘Quality Time’ which was released in 1999, on some of those classic ‘Studio One ‘ Ska rocksteady rhythms. After Touring the USA and learning his stage performance skills with talented artists like Everton Blender and Richie Spice, Alpheus went on to sing a nice and even more contemporary reggae album with ‘Special delivery label ‘ France in 2007.

Then came the delightful’ Roberto Sanchez produced singles, (7’’and EP) “Two rocksteady riddims”-Dirty dozen and family rhythms. Alpheus then progressed to sing his third critically and musically successful album entitled ‘From Creation’ on A-lone label (lone ark) in 2011, also Roberto Sanchez ‘produced. This is a superb album which consists of stunning re-creations and original composed ska and roots rocksteady music.

After performing The ‘From Creation’ Album on various renowned festivals in Europe, such as Garance, Rototom, Montreux Jazz, Reggae Sun Ska and Reggae Geel, the creative duo Team up again to make yet another quality album of more ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae’ music for all to receive and enjoy, released by Liquidator Music label.

Alpheus followed up ‘From Creation’ with a stunning 14 song album entitled ‘Good Prevails’ that captivates re-creations of classic Ska rocksteady rhythms, as well as meticulously constructed original compositions of authentically made ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae ‘Produced yet again by the gifted ‘Roberto Sanchez’.

2018 not only promises his debut UK show, but also another world-beating album!

You will always hear and feel Alpheus singing resonantly from his heart and soul. We are delighted to have on of today’s most talented ska & rocksteady singers gracing The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary.

Earlybird tickets (only 4 left) onsale now at:
www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

Alpheus joins; Ken Boothe​, Derrick Morgan​, The Original Aces, Pama International​ and many more still tba. LISF hits the capital next Easter 29 March – 1 April 2018.

London Intl Ska Festival sponsor Gladdy Wax sound system at Notting Hill Carnival

For the third year running The London Intl Ska Festival is honoured to be sponsoring
the mighty GLADDY WAX SOUND SYSTEM at Notting Hill Carnival.

Outside 306 Portobello Rd (on the corner of Goldbourne Rd)

Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2018
Midday to 7pm both days.

Gladdy is a legendary soundman / one of the best around and his set up truly is our favourite and the best part of the Carnival. Since 1989 Gladdy has been doing Carnival and every year the finest selectors and mcs pass through. Don’t miss out this year. The ska fest will be in full attendance.

Ska legend Derrick Morgan added to LISF2018 30th Anniversary

We are honoured to announce that Derrick Morgan is the latest headline artist to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary.

Along with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, Mr Morgan was a mainstay of the festival in the early days, and as one of the original Ska greats, we felt it vital for him to be part of our 30th Anniversary!

Come here hits like; Moon Hop (the origianl Skinhead Moonstomp), Blazing Fire, Tougher Than Tough, The Conqueror, Seven Letters, Fat Man, Don’t Play That Song, Stand By Me, and many many more.

There are only 8 earlybird tickets left for the festival. One wristband gets you into 16 world exclusive events… http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/98879

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 www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

The cruise is free entry to LISF2018 wristband ticket holders

Help Save The London Intl Ska Festival

Help Save The London Int’l Ska Festival
Become a Patron today!

Sean Flowerdew here. I founded/run The London Intl Ska Festival, which is facing some tough times. Although we have grown year on year, historic debts (mounting to over £79,000) have meant I can no longer fund the festival solely by myself, something which I have done since I launched the festival back in 1988.

2018 will be our 30th Anniversary and I’d love nothing more to celebrate with yet another truly unique event, but I need your help. I’ve launched a ‘Become a patron of The London Intl Ska Festival’ campaign whereby bands and DJs who’ve played the festival over the years, fans/friends of the festival and lovers of ska, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone music can help ensure the survival and growth of the festival.

I’d like to think The London Intl Ska Festival (the first of it’s type and longest running) has become a vital and loved event. I’ve come up with 4 options of how you can help/become a patron for as little as £25.

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Option 1 – £25
Become a patron of the LISF for £25 and receive

– Your name will be listed in the 2018/30th Anniversary Ska Festival book
– You will receive a set of our 6 exclusive football team postcards





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Option 2 – £40
Become a patron of the LISF for £40 and receive

– Your name listed in the 2018/30th Anniversary Ska Festival book
– A set of our 6 football team postcards
– An exclusive screen printed patron’s t-shirt


T-shirt size




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Option 3 – £147 / LISF2018 ticket
Become a patron of the LISF for £147 and receive

– Your name listed in the 2018/30th Anniversary Ska Festival book
– A set of our 6 football team postcards
– A wristband ticket for LISF2018 (29 March-1 April’18)

Click HERE for this option

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Option 4 – Make a donation

Every £1 raised truly does help





Thank you for your support. It is truly appreciated.
Sean

Help Save The London Intl Ska Festival

As many of you reading this know, I’ve been running the London Intl Ska Festival since I was 17 back in 1988 and have always funded it solely by myself.

It attracts people from around the world every year and has grown year on year.  We’ve had pretty much all the greats of Jamaican music, 2 Tone and more…  Prince Buster, Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, The Skatalites with Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Dizzy Moore, Lloyd Brevitt and Lloyd Knibb, Derrick Harriott, Marica Griffiths, Lee Perry, Horace Andy, The Selecter, The Beat, Jerry Dammers, James Hunter, Dreadzone, Twinkle Brothers, Steel Pulse, Keith & Tex, Ken Parker, The Skints, Dennis Bovell, Dub Pistols, Lynval Golding, etc etc.

I’d like to think it’s a vital event to support the music of ska, rocksteady, reggae, 2 Tone and beyond.

Unfortunately due to historic debts of the festival (£79,000) it’s got to a point where I can no longer fund it by myself.  So I’ve launched a patrons scheme, where fans of the festival and the music can support and keep the festival surviving and growing.

People can support/find out more at
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-save-the-london-intl-ska-festival/

There are only 4 days left of the crowdfunder campaign.  Anything raised will help so please support if you can!

All the best,

Sean Flowerdew

 

The London intl Ska Festival 2017 full line up

THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL 2017

London Intl Ska Festival 2017 wristband ticket entitles the holder to entry to their chose of all the shows below.  Or individual tickets for all events can be bought, also at the links below.  If you’re buying a wristband ticket please note some of the events clash.  Pleas also note no refunds will be given for any of the tickets below.  Please make sure you can attend before purchasing.

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

Shows confirmed so far include;

Day 1 – Thursday 13th April  

Misty In Roots 

+Pama Int’l, Capital Letters, Hugo Lobo, The Brothers Ignatius big band & Dub Assoiciation DJs.
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight.  £20

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Channel One Sound System Thames cruise
Onboard the The Golden Jubilee.  Sails from Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Bitty Mclean sings On Bond Street
+ Pama Int’l, Dojo and DJ Angus Taylor

The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG.  7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Dance Craze film starring The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat & more
The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY.  8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Don Letts rock Against Racism club night

w/ DJ sets from Don Letts, The Skints, Pama Intl, Tim Wells, Fenomeno Show, Ali Skaba and more

The Dead Dolls House, Upper St, London N1 (opposite the Islington Assembly Hall). 9pm-4am. £6

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Day 2 – Friday 14th April

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Rocksteady on the River

starring Bitty Mclean & Christopher Ellis +The Magic Touch and DJ Lucky Cat Zoe
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Symarip’s Skinhead Moonstomp album performed by Roy Ellis & The Moonstompers
+ The Bionic Rats (from Dublin), Aggressors BC (from Belfast), The Bighead & DJs SFL sound
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight.  £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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2 Tone Thames cruise
Onboard The Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm.  £25.00
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Axis vs Sounds & Pressure all-valve sound system soundclash
Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH.  8pm-2am. £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Day 3 – Saturday 15th April

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Carroll Thompson sings Phyllis Dillon / Trojan Thames cruise

+ DJs Wendy May (Locomotion) & Lili Rudies (France)
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Do The Dog skazine bash – Smoke Like a Fish & Leo & The LineUp (Denmark)
+ The Meow Meows, Miserable Man (Italy), Junior Bill (Wales), Steel City Rhythm & DJ Eric-FCS (USA)
The Camden Assembly (formerly the Barfly), 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN.  2-8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Reggae Chartbusters ft. Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers & Owen Gray
+ 65 Mines St, Mighty Cosmics, DJ Dapper Dan & more tba!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Prince Buster Tribute clubnight

3 floors starring Tighten Up crew, Gladdy Wax, Oxman, Time Tunnel, Martin Cueto & more

The Dead Dolls House, 181Upper St, London N1. 7pm-4am. £6adv (free before 9pm)

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

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Day 4 – Sunday 16th April

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Kids Go Ska at The Modfather Clothing Co

FREE family day with acoustic sets and DJs

The Modfather Clothing Co, 37 Stables Market, Camden, London NW1.  1pm-7pm

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1000 Volts of Holt – A tribute to John Holt and his all-time classic album
starring Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Carroll Thompson, Christopher Ellis, Jewels Vass (Pama Intl) all backed by Ciyo Brown & His Rocksteady-ites.  + DJ Keith Lawrence.
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG. 7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Dance Craze film + Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Speical AKA)
+ The Equators, New Town Kings, Phoenix City All-stars, Counting Coins +more!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight. £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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Ska Festival closing party

w/ DJs Wassie One, Texas Ranger, Skankin Steve, Jamie Renton and more

FREE ENTRY – The Dead Dolls House, Upper St, London N1 (opp. Islington Assembly Hall) 7pm-2am.

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The London Intl Ska Festival announces more shows

THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL 2017

London Intl Ska Festival 2017 wristband ticket entitles the holder to entry to their chose of all the shows below.  Or individual tickets for all events can be bought, also at the links below.  If you’re buying a wristband ticket please note some of the events clash.  Pleas also note no refunds will be given for any of the tickets below.  Please make sure you can attend before purchasing.

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

Shows confirmed so far include;

Day 1 – Thursday 13th April  

Misty In Roots 

+Pama Int’l, Capital Letters, Hugo Lobo, The Brothers Ignatius big band & Dub Assoiciation DJs. At Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight.  £20

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

.

Channel One Sound System Thames cruise
Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT. 6.30-11pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Bitty Mclean sings On Bond Street
+ Pama Int’l, Dojo and DJ Angus Taylor at The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG.  7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Dance Craze film starring The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat & more
The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY.  8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Day 2 – Friday 14th April

Rocksteady on the River

starring Bitty Mclean & Christopher Ellis +The Magic Touch and DJ Lucky Cat Zoe.  Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Symarip’s Skinhead Moonstomp album performed by Roy Ellis & The Moonstompers
+ The Bionic Rats (from Dublin), Aggressors BC (from Belfast), The Bighead & DJs SFL sound
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight.  £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

2 Tone Thames cruise
Onboard The Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN. 6.45-11pm.  £25.00
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Axis vs Sounds & Pressure all-valve sound system soundclash
Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH.  8pm-2am. £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Day 3 – Saturday 15th April

Carroll Thompson sings Phyllis Dillon / Trojan Thames cruise

+ DJs Wendy May (Locomotion) & Lili Rudies (France).  Onboard the Dixie Queen, Tower Millenium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT.  1-5pm.  £39.50 / Kids £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Do The Dog skazine bash – Smoke Like a Fish, Leo & The LineUp (Denmark), The Meow Meows, Miserable Man (Italy), Junior Bill (Wales), Steel City Rhythm & DJ Eric-FCS (USA)
The Camden Assembly (formerly the Barfly), 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN.  2-8pm.  £15
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Reggae Chartbusters ft. Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers & Owen Gray
+ 65 Mines St, Mighty Cosmics, DJ Dapper Dan & more tba!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD. 6pm-midnight. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Prince Buster Tribute clubnight

3 floors starring Tighten Up crew, Gladdy Wax, Oxman, Time Tunnel, Martin Cueto & more

The Dead Dolls House, 181Upper St, London N1. 7pm-4am. £6adv (free before 9pm)

Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

.

Day 4 – Sunday 16th April

1000 Volts of Holt – A tribute to John Holt and his all-time classic album
starring Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Carroll Thompson, Christopher Ellis, Jewels Vass (Pama Intl) all backed by Ciyo Brown & His Rocksteady-ites.  + DJ Keith Lawrence.
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG. 7-10.45pm. £25
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
.

Dance Craze film + Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Speical AKA)
+ The Equators, New Town Kings, Phoenix City All-stars, Counting Coins +more!
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD.  6pm-midnight. £20
Tickets:  www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher
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More shows to be announced!

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Greensleeves 40th anniversary show with Freddie McGregor, King Jammy, Yellowman and more added to the festival!

We are honoured to announce the latest artists to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2017 are…
Freddie Mcgregor, King Jammy, Yellowman and Capital Letters! All part of Greensleeves Records 40th Anniversay celebrations.

Tickets on general sale this Sunday 26th Feb’17 at 5pm.
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.ticketweb.co.uk

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The London Intl Ska Festival & Academy events present
Greensleeves Records official 40th anniversary shows
FREDDIE McGREGOR | YELLOWMAN | KING JAMMY dub show

plus The Big Ship Band, Capital Letters and more tba

13.04 Bristol, O2 Academy
14.04 Oxford, O2 Academy
15.04 London, O2 Forum Kentish Town*

* part of The London Intl Ska Festival 2017.

From Alimantado to Alborosie for forty years Greensleeves Records has stayed on top of the game in presenting the very best in reggae music. Through the dancehall dominance of ‘Junjo’ Lawes, King Jammy & Gussie Clarke to the outernational success of Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, The Wailing Souls and Mr.Vegas to name but few, Greensleeves has been the mark of quality in reggae music.

Now teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival & Academy Events, Greensleeves Records celebrates it’s 40th anniversary with 3 earth-shattering shows starring 3 of the biggest names the world of reggae has seen, plus special guests!

Tickets on general sale Sunday 26th February’17 at 5pm
www.ticketmaster.co.uk


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2018 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Easter weekend
29th March - 1st April 2018

LIVE ACTS:

KEN BOOTHE
DERRICK MORGAN
THE CLARENDONIANS
LONE RANGER ft. Soul Stereo
DOREEN SHAFFER
THE ORIGINAL ACES
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
PAMA INTERNATIONAL
POTATO 5 horn section
ALPHEUS
MAROON TOWN
CAPONE & THE BULLETS
BOMBSKARE
THE UPPERTONES (IT)
THE HYPOCONDRIACS
CARA-JANE MURPHY
SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS
More to be announced

DJs/sound systems:

GLADDY WAX sound system
RAS DIGBY (Sir Jessus dubplate special)
ASHER G
AXIS VALV-A-TRON valve sound system
PHIL BUSH SOUNDS & PRESSURE
TIGHTEN UP CREW
OXMAN
TIME TUNNEL
LITTLE DIANE
LILI RUDIES
To be announced

Films:

To be announced

Free Family Day

tba
+ many more tba!