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Reggae legends The Pioneers added to 2012 line-up

We are delighted to announce the latest headline act to be added to The London International Ska Festival 2012 is the legendary Jamaican act…The Pioneers.

In the autumn of 1969 the British Pop charts were pummeled by series of hard-hitting Reggae singles. Among those leading this onslaught was one of Jamaica’s finest vocal trios: the Pioneers. Following a year that had enjoyed a series of major Jamaican musical triumphs the trio, comprising of Sydney Crooks, Jackie Robinson and George Dekker, had their UK and international breakthrough with ‘Long Shot Kick De Bucket’. The single peaked at number 21 in the UK pop charts (and later was taken to the number 1 spot in 1980 as part of The Specials ‘Too Much Too Young’ ep). Two further UK chart hits followed: ‘Give & Take’ (reaching no.35) and their Top 10 UK hit, a version of Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Let Your Yeah Be Yeah’ (no.5).

This was only the tip of the Pioneers brilliance… their influence and hits, including classics such as ‘Jackpot’ (covered by The Beat), ‘Starvation’, Time Hard’ (covered by The Selecter), ‘Papa Was A Rollin Stone’ and ‘Reggae Fever’, are still recieve global airplay. Now approaching 50 years since their formation this incredible vocal harmony group still tour the world to sell-out crowds. We are honoured that they have agreed to perform at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 takes place on 3-6 May and features over 40 acts from around the world. First acts announced include: a world exclusive comeback show from Dandy Livingstone (‘Rudy A Message To You’/’Suzanne Beware of the Devil’), The Pioneers, Dawn Penn (‘No No No’), The Dualers, Hotknives (original line up), Phoenix City All-stars and many more.

Festival earlybird/discounted tickets available now (saving £40+) at www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets

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2020 SKA FESTIVAL LINE UP
Easter weekend
9th - 12th April 2020

LIVE ACTS:

BIG YOUTH
THE PIONEERS
HOLLIE COOK
DENNIS ALCAPONE
DENNIS BOVELL
FREDDIE NOTES
ALTON ELLIS TRIBUTE starring
CHRISTOPHER ELLIS
DAVE BARKER
SUSAN CADOGAN
RODDY RADIATION
& THE SKABILLY REBELS
CARROLL THOMPSON
WRONGTOM &
THE RAGGA TWINS
CHAINSKA BRASSIKA
PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS
ARTHUR KAY & THE ORIGINALS
KING ZEPHA
ZEN BASEBALL BAT
CARTOON VIOLENCE
THE MAGNETICS (Italy)
THE RED STRIPES (Hong Kong)
THE DOWNSETTERS
JUNIOR BILL
SKATA TONES
THE LAUNCHERS
SUBSETTERS
EASYDREAD
THE COMMUNICATORS
THE SKALITES
THE DEKKERTONES
More to be announced

Sound Systems:

SIR COXSONE OUTERNATIONAL
starring LLOYDIE COXSONE
PHIL BUSH all-valve
SOUNDS & PRESSURE LO-FI

DJs:

DON LETTS
RAS DIGBY (Sir Jessus)
TINY T (Mighty Cloudburst)
DUKE NEVILLE
MISTAH BROWN (Tighten Up/Trojan)
TIM P (Tighten Up)
BRIAN SCORCHER KELSON
GRACE OF SPADES (USA)
TEXAS RANGER
NAOKO THE ROCK
TOBI THE RHYTHM RULER (Germany)
MR FASO (Rootikal)
DAVE MACK
TIME TUNNEL ft;
LIAM CURTIN, SEAN BRIGHT,
BOY ABOUT TOWN & NANKER PHELGE
FUNKDUB ft. GENTLEMAN KUSH & 3DJ
GIO ONE STOP
PADDY M (Pressure Drop)
MISS GEMINI (USA)
PAUL DIXON (Son of a Gun)
AYITO
HEIDI ELLIS
More to be announced

Films:

To be announced

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