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Line up update

Since our update on here some truly world class and legendary acts have been added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 line up including..

The legendary Jamaican trombonist, honorary member of The Specials & now member of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

The Pressure Tenants were handpicked by Laurel Aitken in the late 80’s and backed him right up until his untimely passing. They’ve now reformed to perform his classic Ska, Rocksteady, Bluebeat & Reggae hits that made ‘The Godfather of Ska’ one of the most loved artists the world over.

JERRY DAMMERS DJ set from The Specials & 2 Tone Records founder

Canadian born/Californian based Ska troubadour

More announcements very soon.


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


Reggae legends Dandy Livingstone & Dawn Penn added to festival line up

We are delighted to announce the latest addition to next years ska fest are the legendary Jamaican singers Dandy Livingstone and Dawn Penn.

Best known for his singing, writing & producing Dandy Livingstone (aka Robert Thompson) released some all-time classic reggae tracks including the original Rudy A Message To You (later to become a phenomenal hit for The Specials), Reggae In Your Jeggae, People Get Ready, Raining In My Heart, Dr.Sure Shot and UK chart hits Suzanne Beware of The Devil and Big City.

As a producer & artist he helped establish Trojan Records, producing many acts; Rico Rodriguez, The Cimarons, The Marvels, Nicky Thomas and Tony Tribe, including his classic version of Red Red Wine. Dandy is a Jamaican music legend and we are truly honoured that he has decided to play his comeback show (first in some 40 years) at The London Intl Ska Festival 2012. Not to be missed under any circumstances!!

Dawn Penn was still at school when she recorded her first tracks for Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd’s Studio One label in 1967. Amongst those early recording was ‘No, No, No, (You Don’t Love Me) backed by Tommy McCook & The Skatalites, which although it was an island hit it wasn’t until Steely & Clevie’s 1991 verstion that the song became a global hit and won Dawn a Grammy nomination. Those early days also saw Dawn work with Prince Buster, Bunny Lee, Johnny Nash (yes, that’s her on bvs of Cupid) and Eddy Lovette to name a few. Dawn still continues to tour the world and record to this day and has just published her auto-biography.


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


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.