London International Ska Fest Is Back

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL promises 37 bands & DJs from 11 countries, showcasing the very best SKA has to offer from it’s roots in American Rhythm & Blues, to the Jamaican originators, their progression into rocksteady & reggae, through 2 Tone & right uptodate with 21st century ska sounds. Headliners include Jamaican legends; KEN BOOTHE, famed for his UK No.1 hit ‘Everything I Own’, one of reggae’s most influential singer/songwriters, BOB ANDY will be teaming up once agian with the ‘Queen of Reggae’ MARCIA GRIFFITHS. Their chart topping duets as BOB & MARCIA included ‘Young Gifted & Black’ & ‘Pied Piper”. And reuniting for the first time since the 1970’s DAVE & ANSELL COLLINS, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their UK No.1 ‘Double Barrel’.

From the 2 Tone era, we have THE ENGLISH BEAT starring DAVE WAKELING… the lead singer & songwriter of The Beat (or The English Beat as they’re known in the USA, where he now lives & tours). Expect their classic hits ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Too Nice To Talk To’, ‘Hands Off She’s Mine’, their 2 Tone single ‘Tears Of A Clown’ and some fantastic new material in this rare UK appearance.

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We have Grammy nominated sensation JAMES HUNTER, rightly described by Van Morrison as “one of the best voices in British R’n’B and Soul” and from Japan, a band to rival The Skatalites, THE SKA FLAMES. We have Sunday Best’s dancefloor killers, the DUB PISTOLS, Gaelic Ska adventurers THE TROJANS plus 2 bands that played the first London Intl Ska Festival (Dec’88) reforming for one offs, THE LOAFERS and HOTKNIVES. From Italy, a band that has released 6 gold selling albums, the highly stylised GIULIANO PALMA & THE BLUEBEATERS. Added to all this is a stella line up of DJs, from club specialists to band cameos, radio disc jockeys to JA legends, including CLIVE CHIN, boss of Jamaica’s vital Randys Records, celebrating the labels 50th anniversary, Lynval Golding (from The Specials) and many more

From it’s birth in Jamaica, Ska has come along way, morphing and inspiring every generation and reaching all corners of the world. We are delighted to be celebrating the wonderful world of SKA in all it’s colourful guises.

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

THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL
21-24 April 2011 @ The Clapham Grand Theatre, London
Full line up:

KEN BOOTHE (Jamaica)*
THE ENGLISH BEAT with DAVE WAKELING
DAVE & ANSELL COLLINS (Jamaica)
BOB ANDY & MARCIA GRIFFITHS (Jamaica)*
JAMES HUNTER
THE SKA FLAMES (Japan)*
DUB PISTOLS
THE TROJANS
THE LOAFERS (one-off reformation)*
HOTKNIVES (orig.line up)*
BIM SKALA BIM (USA)*
GIULIANO PALMA & THE BLUEBEATERS (Italy)*
MAROON TOWN
INTENSIFIED
NAPOLEON SOLO (Denmark)*
THE CAROLOREGIANS (Belgium)
SKAOS (Germany)*
EJECTES (France)*
THE AMPHETAMEANIES (Scotland)
THE SIDEWALK DOCTORS
CARTOON VIOLENCE (Wales)
JIMMY THE SQUIRREL

DJS:
CLIVE CHIN (Randys)
LYNVAL GOLDING (The Specials)*
MARK LAMARR
GAZ MAYALL (Gazs Rockin Blues)
RHODA DAKAR (Bodysnatchers/Special AKA)
WRONGTOM
TOMMY ROCK-A-SHACKA (Japan)
DUB VENDOR ALL-STARS
THE TIGHTEN UP CREW ft. CHAMPIAN MC
JIM COX
TAKESHI OKAWA (Japan-The Ska Flames/Sun Shot)
GREEDY G
FELIX HALL

* exclusive UK shows

Full details and tickets available now at
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.