Full London International Ska Fest Line-Up

London International Ska Fest
THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL 2012
Bank Holiday Weekend Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th May at O2 Academy Islington and O2 Shepherd’s Empire

In this, the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence, The London International Ska Festival returns to the capital from Thursday 3rd– 6th May 2012 and promises 40 acts from around the world. From its birth in Jamaica, Ska has come a long way – morphing and inspiring every generation and reaching all corners of the world. In association with Academy Events, the festival line up will showcase all Ska has to offer from its roots in rhythm and blues, mento and calypso, to the Jamaican originators, the progression through rocksteady and reggae, 2 Tone, ska-punk and right up-to-date with 21st century Ska sounds.

The four days will see some musical legends take to the stage as well as new talent on the Ska scene. Dandy Livingstone will play his world exclusive comeback show and first in 40 years on Friday 4th May at O2 Academy Islington. Dandy released some all-time classic reggae songs including the original ‘Rudy A Message To You’, as well as being Britain’s leading reggae producer and instrumental in establishing Trojan Records. Other headliners across the weekend include The Pioneers starring Jackie Robinson and George Dekker (‘Let Your Yeah Be Yeah’ and ‘Long Shot Kick De Bucket’), Dawn Penn (‘No, No, No’), the voice of Dave and Ansell Collins – Dave Barker and Rico Rodriguez MBE.

From the 2 Tone era comes the founder, guitarist and songwriter of The Selecter – Neol Davies, the original Hotknives celebrating their 30th anniversary, California’s Fishbone and multi-award winning Ska Cubano. Contemporary acts The Dualers and Phoenix City All-Stars, will both launch albums at this year’s festival and fresh from supporting The Rifles, London’s very own Buster Shuffle bring piano bashing cockney ska and authentic rock ’n’ roll sound.

The festival also presents a stellar line up of DJs across the four days including Jerry Dammers (The Specials/2Tone Records founder), Grammy winning Don Letts, the king of rocking blues, Gaz Mayall, Andy Smith, Dreadzone Sound System and many more.

Originally launched in 1988, The London International Ska Festival returned to critical acclaim last year, and is delighted to once again be celebrating the wonderful world of Ska in all its irrepressible guises in 2012.

Day 1 – Thursday 3 May
THE PIONEERS ft. George Dekker & Jackie Robinson
plus Dawn Penn, The Moon Invaders, Kinky Coo Coo’s, The Delegators & DJ Andy Smith
O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street London, N1 0PS. Tel: 02072884410.

Day 2 – Friday 4 May
DANDY LIVINGSTONE
plus Dave Barker, Rico Rodriguez, Phoenix City All-stars, Los Granadians & DJ Gladdy Wax
O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street London, N1 0PS. Tel: 02072884410.

**After show party – DJ All-nighter at Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ
Jerry Dammers (The Specials) | Tighten Up v Downbeat Melody | Chris Lane | Tim Wells | DJ Amma | Dreadzone Sound System | 3DJ (Funkdub)

Day 3 – Saturday 5 May
THE DUALERS & SKA CUBANO
plus Hotknives (orig.line up), Buster Shuffle, Capone & The Bullets & DJs Cello (Coast To Coast) and Count Skylarkin
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, W12 8TT. Tel: 02083543300

Day 4 – Sunday 6 May
FISHBONE and NEOL DAVIES aka THE SELECTER
plus The Skints, Chris Murray, Rebelation & DJs Don Letts
O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street London, N1 0PS. Tel: 02072884410.

**After show party – Festival Closing Party at Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ
10pm-late – LAUREL AITKEN’S ORIGINAL PRESSURE TENANTS

DJs: Gaz Mayall (Gaz’s Rockin Blues), Mark Barrett (Pressure Drop), Dave Walker (Thursday Night Fish Fry), Andy Attic (Club Ska) & more

For more information/tickets go to www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.