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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!

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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.

London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Band competition

We are delighted to announce the winning band of The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 band competition is… from Barcelona… THE KINKY COO COO’S who now have won a place on the 2012 line up.

Congratulations to them and well done to all the other 19 finalists. Huge thanks to everyone for taking the time to vote and to all the 363 bands that entered the competition. The full results were:

No.of Votes/Band
0553 JAMAICA 69
0357 AKATZ


London Intl Ska Fest Band Competition Update

Over 2200 votes now in for the London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Band Competition. Here’s how the top 5 looks…
01. Los Furios (Canada)
02. Jamaica 69 (Mexico)
03. Monkey Boots (Indonesia)
04. Kinky Coo Coos (Spain)
05. Akatz (Basque Country)

Well done to Los Furios for taking the lead. You can hear all 20 finalist here. To vote email your favourite band out of the 20 email their name to One vote per person. Voting closes 1st Dec’11. The winning band gets a place on the festival!


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


Spain’s finest… Los Granadians added to 2012 line up

We are delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 is, from Spain, making a very rare exclusive UK performance LOS GRANADIANS

Despite their young age as a band, just ten years on the road, the Granadians have influenced new artists from Europe, Mexico and South America, evoking in them a curiosity for so far unknown musical styles, and even inspiring the creation of bands directly playing versions of their songs. So much so that very shortly we’ll have the pleasure to find some “Tribute to the Granadians“ album in the market.

The Granadians have been surprisingly successful all over very different stages, going far beyond the “revival“ 60’s Reggae scene of which they are considered pioneers. Singing all their songs in Spanish, they’ve headlined festivals in many different parts of the world, their music has been used for radio campaigns and tv advertisements.

Further than that, the group also have enjoyed playing live, recording or producing records for some of their Jamaican idols from the 60’s such as Dennis Alcapone, Derrick Morgan and Dave Barker.

In their own words: ‘We love Jamaican music from the sixties, especially Rocksteady and Reggae, but we don’t define ourselves as interpreters of Jamaican music. Back in the day, tons of reggae tracks were recorded in England by English artists… as well as in other parts of the world, like Mexico, Argentina and Spain… and there were some pretty interesting Rocksteady and Reggae tracks being produced out there. We consider ourselves closer in spirit to these Hispanic and English bands that adapted such rhythms than to the original Jamaican artists. And we are also very interested in Rock and Roll culture, (especially from the sixties) and its relationship with other things like Sci-Fi movies and, well, anything that exudes original Rock and Roll attitude. Rocksteady and Reggae provide the format for expressing our ideas only because they¹re our favorite rhythms from that era’.

Check out Los Granadians great track & video Le Fiebre here


The legendary Owen Grey added to the Ska Festival

We are delighted to announce the legendary OWEN GREY has been added to the London Intl Ska Festival. One of Jamaica’s true ‘Foundation’ singers and Alpha Boys school graduate his work spans the R&B, ska, rocksteady & reggae eras of Jamaican music. He recorded for many of the greats: Prince Buster, Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Clancy Eccles & Bunny Lee and was one of the first artists to be released on Studio One & Island Rcds. Undeniably a true legend and pioneer of Jamaican music.


Schedule change

Please note, due to a double booking The Dub Pistols and The Trojans have now changed the days they are playing on at The London Intl Ska Festival.

New Schedule:

– The Dub Pistols will now be appearing on Day 2 of the festival (22 April) along with Dave & Ansell Collins, The Loafers, Hotknives and more.

– And Gaz Mayall’s Gaelic Ska champions will be appearing on Day 3 of the festival (23 April) along with The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Intensified, The Amphetameanies, DJ Lynval Golding (The Specials), DJ Wrongtom and more

If you have already bought tickets to see those bands on previous days and would like to change your tickets email or contact the ticket outlet you purchased your tickets from.