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The Uppertones from Italy added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

Hot on the heels of announcing Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Pama International, The Original Aces and Alpheus, we are delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary is…

from Italy The Uppertones starring Mr.T-Bone.

Check out their next single (out in Sept) HERE

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The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano & drums dedicated to the sound of the 50’s in Jamaica, the Jamaican R’n’B, Jamaican boogie, calypso & mento. The kick start to homegrown Jamaican music in the 50s came from American rock’n’roll and R’n’B (rhythm & blues).
At that time it was the birth of Ska, which originated Rocksteady, Reggae etc. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing style mixed with the Jamaican edge and style.

Mr.T-bone is a well know singer, composer and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 8 solo albums in the last 12 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. He has been a major contributor to the Italian ska & reggae scene for over a decade now.

Peter Truffa is a fabulous piano player & singer from New York. With his blues, jazz and ska roots, he toured for years with The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble and with Giuliano Palma and the Bluebeaters. He worked with Mr.T-bone on his second album “Mr.T-Bone Sees America”.

Count Ferdi is the best drummer you can have for this kind of music, he’s anitalian ska and Rocksteady pioneer founder of The Casino Royale the first italian ska band and The Bluebeaters. He plays with Mr.T-Bone since 1992 in many different project.

Their first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in 2015. This album was a selection of 12 tunes from the marvelous sound of the 50’s including notable successes like “The Great Pretender” and “Personality”. It features a small tribute to the great Rosco Gordon who was one of the most influencial musicians for the young jamaican scene. After releasing it they immediately toured Europe for twenty months no stop playing 170 shows in 10 countries!!

While touring consistently the band members found the time to compose many original tunes and when they arrived in the recording studio they had more than twenty-five new original songs. Same sound, same musicians, same studio but this time they are telling their own stories.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Band Competition


Today see’s the launch of The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Band Competition. We will be giving one lucky band or solo artist, from anywhere in the world the chance to perform at next years festival. 2011’s relaunch of the festival, which included Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Dave & Ansell Collins, Owen Grey, Rico, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, Lynval Golding (The Specials) & many more was such a resounding success that we’re now making it an annual event. A big part of the festival is to introduce new artists and we’d like the public to help us choose one act.

How to enter
The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Band Competition is open to any Ska inspired band or solo artist from anywhere in the world. All you have to do to enter is email your band name to with a weblink to your music (myspace/facebook/youtube/soundcloud). Please put ‘2012 Band Competition’ in the subject line. All entries must be from the band/management themselves and be submitted by 31st August 2011. 20 bands will then be shortlisted and posted online for the public to vote for their favourite. Voting will take place between 1st September 2011 – 30th November 2011. The band with the most votes will win.

The Prize
The winning prize will be an opening slot on at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012, with all travel/hotel expenses paid. The festival takes place 3rd – 6th May 2012 across Shepards Bush Empire, Brixton Academy, & Islington Academy.

2012’s line up promises 40 acts including Jamaican legends, an incredible 2 Tone Revue, world exclusives, plus acts from 15 countries. First acts announced are: Neol Davies aka The Selecter, Hotknives (original line up), Los Granadians (Spain), plus DJs Andy Smith, Count Skylarkin & Mark Barrett (Pressure Drop). More to be announced next week.

A limited supply of earlybird/discounted tickets are available online now HERE


DJ Greedy G’s London Intl Ska Festival podcast special

DJ Greedy G, who appears at Day 2 of The London Intl Ska Festival, has put together a beautiful podcast for us. Focusing on the old school JA sounds it includes sublime cuts from Owen Grey, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy, Ansel Collins and Dave Barker, all of who appear at the ska fest.

You can download the podcast now at

Midnight Train – Owen Grey (Bluebeat)
Artibella – Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole (Studio 1)
Poor Me – Owen Grey (Matador)
My Time – Bob Andy (Supreme)
Truly – Marcia Griffiths (Studio 1)
For Your Love – Ken Boothe (Coxsone)
Your Love’s A Game – Dave Barker (Techniques)
Don’t Let Me Down – Marcia Griffiths (Harry J)
Night Flight – Ansel Collins (Beverleys)
Sun Shines For Me – Bob Andy (FRM)
The Heart Of A Man – Dave Barker (blank)
Working To The Top – Marcia Griffiths (Trojan)
The Way I Feel – Bob Andy (Success)
Why Baby Why – Ken Boothe (Beverleys)
Some Sympathy – Dave Barker (Upsetter)
Nuclear Weapon – Ansel Collins (Trojan)
Blazing Fire – Owen Gray (Trojan)
Too Proud To Beg – Bob Andy (I Anka)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Marcia Griffiths (Wildflower)
Get Close To You – Ken Boothe (Beverleys)

Big thanks to Greedy G for putting this together.

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Easter weekend
29th March - 1st April 2018


More to be announced

DJs/sound systems:

Gladdy Wax sound system
Axis valv-a-tron valve sound system
Phil Bush Sounds & Pressure lo-fi
Tighten Up crew
Time Tunnel
To be announced


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Free Family Day

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