#SaveTheSkaFest prize draw launched

Just launched…

The London International Ska Festival prize draw.

Tickets £5 each available at link below.
To help #SaveTheSkaFest these amazing companies, bands and singers have donated these amazing prizes;

– Trojan Records bundle

– Greensleeves Records bundle (14 CD boxset & Jammy/Damian Marley 7″ test press)

– Cherry Red Records ska bundle

– £250 merc clothing vouchers

– £250 The Modfather Clothing Company vouchers

– 2 tickets for LISF Clash tribute Thames cruise-20 Oct

– 2 tickets for LISF 2 Tone Thames cruise-15 Dec

– Signed LPs from; Lynval Golding/The Specials, Toots & the Maytals, Mad Professor, Freddie Notes, Wrongtom Pama International, Alpheus & more!

– Do The Dog Music skazine subscription

More prizes tba. Tickets £5 each.

Winners names will get drawn at random on 1st Oct’18.

Each winner gets to choose 1 prize from available list.First name drawn gets first pick and so on.

Good luck!

Every ticket sold helps to #SaveTheSkaFest and are available from


#SaveTheSkaFest crowdfunder launched


The London Intl Ska Festival is facing closure. If you’d like to help save it then you can donate £1 by click the Donate button below. Every £1 helps.

London Intl Ska Fest facing closure / please support if you can

I’m sorry to say once again The London International Ska Festival is facing closure. This year we’ve managed to make a great dent in the debts, and keep the festivals (and my head) above water but there is still over £50,000 still to clear. And once again it has become to much to handle alone and is again, unfortunately, impacting on my health.

If you’d like to see the festival continue you can help right now in a number of ways. You can;

– buy a ticket for any of our upcoming events
– buy a copy of our upcoming comp Rudies All Around
– buy any item from our summer sale
– buy an earlybird ticket for The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 (as many of you have / you money is secure & will be refunded if the fest doesn’t happen)
– preorder new albums from Pama Intl or Phoenix City All-stars

All details on these below.

You can also donate any money to the cause you can donate but I’d much prefer you buy something or come to the events!

Thank you for your continued support. It is very much appreciated. Hope to see you soon!

Wish me luck!
London Intl Ska Festival / Pama International

Upcoming events (starting tomorrow!)

Sat 25 Aug – Carnival special Thames cruise – spinning the finest ska, rocksteady and reggae
9 earlybird tickets left – buy now and save £5 per person.

Sat 22 Sept – Hot 100 club night
10 DJs/singers/producers select their 10 favourite dancefloor fillers!
Line up includes; Lynval Golding (The Specials), Freddie Notes (Trojan legend), Mistah Brown (Tighten Up/Trojan), Alan Handscombe, Nanker Phelge (Time Tunnel), Sean Flowerdew (Pama Intl), Simon Cobb (Work Your Shot), Gio One Stop, Manasseh and Wrongtom! Don’t miss this unique night. You’ll get an insight into each selectors musical taste and dance your socks off!

Sat 29 Sept – Night Boat To Greenwich – Madness special Thames cruise (7pm-11pm) ONLY 10 tickets left
Our tribute to the capitals favourite nutty boys.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 – 18-21 April
starring The Toasters, Chris Murray, Le Birrette, King Zepha, The Indecision and more
16 world exclusive events over 4 days including our Rocksteady on the River Thames cruise and valve soundclash
Only 11 earlybird tickets left – All tickets bought help secure the festivals future. Without people buying in advance we won’t be able to continue.

Good Fri 19 April 2019 – Rocksteady on the River Thames cruise on the Dixie Queen
Previous years have starred Derrick Harriott, URoy, Ken Boothe, BB Seaton (Gaylads), Vin Gordon, Ken Parker, Keith & Tex, Carroll Thompson, Bitty Mclean, Christopher Ellis & more!
Only 5 earlybird tickets left. Buy now and save £10 per person.

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Summer Sale – Today everything 1/2 price.

Digital albums £3.50 / CDs £5 / LPs £10 / Posters £5 (or our set of 6 football posters for £10!) / Books £5

London Intl Ska Festival merch available HERE
Pama International back catalogue available HERE
Phoenix City All-stars back catalogue available HERE

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Upcoming new releases from Phoenix City All-stars
(£2.50 off the CD and £5 off the LPs today);

– Phoenix City All-stars – Clash Version Rockers preorder here

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Rudies All Around album

The London Intl Ska Festival fund raising album showcases some of our favourite bands from around the world. 18 bands from 13 countries.
Buy at https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/

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NYC ska legends added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce NYC ska legends The Toasters will be playing The London Intl Ska Festival 2019!

Fronted by Rob ‘Bucket’ Hingley (the man behind Moon Records) The Toasters have been doing the ska since 1981 and were directly responsable for ska breaking through in USA.

For 4 decades now The Toasters have championed ska all over the world. We’re honoured to have them playing LISF2019.

There are now only 11 earlybird wristbands left for the London Intl Ska Festival 2019 at


London Intl Ska Festival needs your help.

Love Ska? Love The London Intl Ska Festival? Then please help us to keep going

The London International Ska Festival needs your support…
We are still in debt to the tune of over £50,000 and need to clear more of it this summer.

You can help by purchasing our upcoming Rudies All Around compilation (CD only £5 / also available on digital and vinyl formats) starring 18 bands from 13 countries playing the finest ska, rocksteady, reggae & dub. What’s more there are golden tickets hidden inside the comp. Find one and you win 2 tickets to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019!

The comp includes; Capone and the Bullets, Miserable Man, Le Birrette, The Uppertones, The King Kong 4, The Rulerz, Pama International, Phoenix City All-stars, Atsushi Moisty Ukito, Travelers All Stars, Los Aggrotones, The Scotch Bonnets, The Lions, Rocksteady Sporting Club, Masons Arms, The Bionic Rats, Dan P and The Bricks and Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra!

Preorder you copy today at https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/releases

Or you can donate any amount to help us continue by click the Paypal button —>

WIN tickets to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019

Here’s your chance to WIN tickets to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 by picking up our superb new compilation – Rudies All Around vol.1.

There are 5 Golden Tickets hidden inside the CD and vinyl copies of the album. Each ticket found gets the lucky winner and a friend into all 16 of the world exclusive events happening at LISF2019 (18-21 April).

Rudies All Around vol.1 is in the shops end of Aug, but preorder and you’ll gets yours earlier plus an instant download copy of Phoenix City All-stars version of London Calling (exclusive mix).

It stars 18 bands from 13 countries incl: Rocksteady Sporting Club (Reunion Island), Le Birrette, Miserable Man & The Uppertones (all from Italy), Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (Hungary), Pama International ft. Rico & Phoenix City All-stars (both from England), The Bionic Rats (Ireland), Masons Arms (Germany), Atsushi and the Moisties (New Zealand), The King Kong 4 (Canada), Dan P and The Bricks, The Lions, The Scotch Bonnets (all from USA), Capone and the Bullets (Official) (Scotland), The Rulerz (South Korea), Travelers All Stars (Mexico) and Los Aggrotones (Argentina).

All bands have donated tracks to help raise money for the festival. Every purchase helps us continue.

So, to support the festival, bag yourself some great tunes AND be in with a chance of winning ska festival tickets go to https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/releases

We need you / Help support the London Intl Ska Festival

Would you like to support The London International Ska Festival? Cutting to the chase… The festival is still in a huge amount of debt (over £50,000).

Over the last year, with your help & support, we have mangaed to pay off over £23,000, which is amazing, but to keep moving forward we really need to clear some more of the debt.

Here’s 4 ways you can help…

01. Purchase a Patron or Earlybird ticket for The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 www.buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher Either get you into all 16 world exclusive events at the festival (18-21 April) incl. our world famous Thames cruise and all valve soundclash.

02. Preorder a copy of our upcoming compilation
Rudies All Around vol.1

ft. 18 bands from 13 countires https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/
What’s more there are 5 golden tickets to be found in the CD (only £4.99!) & vinyl copies. Each Golden Ticket gets 2 people entry to the festival!

03. Buy a ticket for one of summer Thames cruises;

– 14.07 2Tone cruise
– 04.08 Trojan Records 50th celebration
– 29.09 Night Boat To Greenwich – a Madness Special

04. Preorder one of our labels upcoming releases
(in addition to Rudies All Around) our Happy People label has these releases lined up;

– Phoenix City All-stars – Clash Version Rockers
“an incendiary dub take on The Clash”

– Pama Intl meets Manasseh – Trojan Sessions In Dub
Dub version of PI’s 2006 Trojan Records album

– Pama International – Altruistic Soul Sound of…
Next studio album -Out Jan’19 –
preorder now and recieve for Christmas

While you’re there check out all our other releases and merch!

More fund raising ideas coming v soon!

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

The first 3 bands announced for The London Intl Ska Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce the first 3 bands to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 are;

Le Birrette from Italy

The magnificent all-female 10 piece band have a beautiful feel for the traditional ska and rocksteady sounds. Sublime harmonies coupled with true style and hot original material is a world beating combination.

The Indecision from Leeds, UK
With David Rodigan placing the band in his illustrious BBC list of the ‘Best of British Reggae’, and airplay in from BBC1Xtra and BBC6Music the future looks bright for Leeds’ superb ska & rocksteady specialists.

King Zepha from Leeds, UK

Proving Leeds truly is a hot bed for JA influenced sounds right now, King Zepha come with a superb take on Blue Beat styled Jamaican ska & boogie.

With bands like these the future of ska is looking great. What’s more they all have brilliant new albums in the pipeline. If they’re new to you check them out and let us know what you think!

The are under 20 LISF2019 earlybird wristband tickets left. They get you entrance to all 16 events of the festival which runs over Easter (18-21 April’19). They also save over £30 per person.

Only available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher

The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 roundup

Thank you everyone who performed, worked and came to The London Intl Ska Festival’s 30th anniversary.

Despite the festival being the most stressful and hardest year to put together, it has been my favourite edition of the festival. Judging by the feedback you feel the same way.

The highlight for me was seeing people from 53 countries attending, regular and new faces alike. It was wonderful to see all of you. We live in what can be a pretty horrible world and it fills me with pride that we all come together with no prejudice to celebrate music we love and share each others company. A true united nations. Thank you!

Sadly, I never get to stand still for long, but performances that stuck with me included Potato 5 horn section (they were such a huge part of us starting The Loafers back in the 80s), Capone & The Bullets, Ken Boothe on the boat, Ranking Joe, plus DJ sets from Gladdy Wax, Alan Handscombe, Time Tunnel and Wrongtom (Tom we really must get the Pama/Wrongtom album out… the track I heard you play from that sounded brilliant).

It was very special having Derrick Morgan back. he, along with Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster and Alton Ellis were mainstays of the festival back in the early years.

I caught Horace Andy singing Skylarking and Freddie Notes singing I Can’t Get No Satisfaction. Brilliant stuff. And what I got to see of the Studio One opening night with The Clarendonians, Doreen Schaffer and Otis Gayle was very special. I was honoured to be hosting The Clarendonians, Otis Gayle and Alpheus’ debut UK gigs. It’s great to have a newer artist like Alpheus making such great music now. Check out his new album just out on Liquidator Music. It is very good.

The only disappointment for me was not being well enough to perform Phoenix City All-stars – Clash In Dub show or the Pama International sets.

The Clash in Dub sound system show has been rescheduled to 11th August at the O2 Academy Islington. All tickets remain valid. If you bought a 2018 wristband and would like to come to the show please email me and let me know sean@pamainternational.co.uk
If you haven’t got tickets and would like to come head to http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159543

I am also delighted to say financially the festival turned a profit this year, so has made another dent in my ongoing debts! I am still doing all the accounts but it looks like another £10,000 has been taken off the debts! This leaves the festival debt at somewhere between £55,000 and £60,000. Along way to go still but I can’t tell you how happy I am that the festival finances are once again heading in the right direction.

With this in mind, today I am putting 5 events onsale (including Thames cruises, Clash In Dub and the LISF2019 patrons ticket), as well as making the 2018 merchandise available, which I think was our most popular merchandise ever. We also have the Rudies All Around compilation, which bands have very kindly donated songs to. Buying tickets, merchandise or the music helps me to clear the debts and keep the festival surviving and growing.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2019 patrons ticket
Get you into all events at LISF2018 (18-21 April’19) and a 2019 t-shirt, plus you sleep well knowing you’ve helped support our fest!

Thames cruises

2 Tone Thames cruise – Sat 27 April’18
ft. the music the inspired and defined the 2 Tone era
7pm-11pm on The Golden Jubilee, sails from/to Temple Pier, London WC2R 2NS
Only 7 tickets left at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/118886

Greensleeves Records Big Ship Thames cruise – Sat 26 May – official label event
w/ Keith Lawrence, Oxman and Mark (Solution sound) spinning 100% Greensleeves whilst sailing along the Thames
8pm-midnight on The Golden Flame, sails from/to Temple Pier, London WC2R 2NS
Only 200 tickets available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159548

The London Intl Ska Festival fundraiser Thames cruise – Sat 14 July’18
ft. the best ska, rocksteady, reggae and 2 Tone money can offer, whilst sailing along the Thames
7pm-11pm on The Golden Sunrise, sails from/to Temple Pier, London WC2R 2NS
Only 200 tickets available at http://buytickets.at/hotshotscorcher/159559

Clash In Dub rescheduled show is now on sale

Phoenix City All-stars Clash In Dub show – Sat 11 Aug’18

Rudies All Around compilation
available now to preorder on CD, digital, LP and t-shirt
Every penny goes towards supporting the London Intl Ska Festival and you get to hear some of the best bands on the gloabal scene;
Alaska Q (Indonesia), Atsushi & The Moisties (New Zealand), Capone & The Bullets (Scotland), Cara Means Friend (England), Le Birrette (Italy), Los Aggrotones (Argentina), Pama International (England), Pannonia All-stars Ska Orchestra (Hungary), Phoenix City All-stars (England), The Rulerz (South Korea), Travellers Allstars (Mexico), The Uppertones (Italy) and more tba!

Ska Festival Merchandise

Hot off the presses…. head over to https://londonintlskafestival.bandcamp.com/merch
For all our 30th anniversary embroiled shirts, bags, totes, stickers and more!
Every piece of merchandise purchased helps the festival and gets you some neat clobber!

Thank you for all your support and kind words. It truly is appreciated. Hope to see you all soon.

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Easter weekend
9th - 12th April 2020


More to be announced

Sound Systems:

PHIL BUSH all-valve


MISTAH BROWN (Tighten Up/Trojan)
TIM P (Tighten Up)
PAUL DIXON (Son of a Gun)
More to be announced


To be announced

Free Family Day

+ many more tba!