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The world famous London Intl Ska Festival returns to the capital this Easter for its 28th year. Attracting fans and artists alike, the festival celebrates all things Ska, from its roots in rhythm and blues, calypso and mento, through its Jamaican ska originators, rocksteady, reggae, dub and it’s migration around the world in the form of 2 Tone, ska-punk and beyond.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2016 edition once again boasts world exclusives, Thames Cruises, film, art, sound systems and over 50 bands and DJs.  Headliners are Jamaica legends URoy, Bob Andy (JA’s greatest living songwriter), Carlton & the Shoes (responsible for arguably the great ever rocksteady album Love Me Forever), ska pioneer Stranger Cole (who was there at the very start) and Freddie Notes.  From the UK we have two Tone icons The Beat, Bad Manners (celebrating their 40th anniversary) and Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Special AKA), plus Dennis Bovell, Pama International (returning after seven years), The Skints, Don Letts, Hollie Cook, plus bands from all over the globe.

In addition to all the live and sound system/club night and record fair events, which take place at The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5, Modfather Clothing Co (Camden) and The Dixie Queen paddle steamer, we will be opening a record shop in the Garage's front bar, which will feature artist signings and be free to the public for the duration of the festival (open from 2pm).

We hope you’ll celebrate the wonderful world of Ska in all its irrepressible guises.

The London Intl Ska Festival 2016 programme:

Thursday 24th March 2016 - day 1

Event 1:  6pm-11pm

Stranger Cole and Freddie Notes

+ Intensified, Maroon Town, Mr.T Bone & the Uppertones (Italy), King Zepha DJ Wassie One & more tba!

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £25adv includes free entry to club night

Event 2:  11pm-2am

Headline to be announced 27th Feb’16

The world’s most famous reggae DJ hosting a world exclusive ska special club night

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £15adv

Good Friday 25th March 2016 - day 2

Event 3:  Rocksteady on the River Thames Cruise 12.30pm-4.30pm

U-Roy and Carlton & the Shoes

+ The Delirians & Jackie Mendez (USA) and DJ Little Diane

The Dixie Queen, Tower Millennium Pier, Tower Hill, London.

Event 4:  6pm-11pm

Bob Andy and Pama International

+ The Defekters, The Indecision Tighten Up crew and Dukes of Skazzard vs Pirates Sound System (Belgium)

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £25adv includes free entry to Axis v Sounds & Pressure

Event 5:  11pm-4am

Axis Valv-a-tron vs Sounds & Pressure lo-fi all valve sound system clash

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £10adv

Saturday 26th March 2016 - day 3

Event 6:  LISF2016 Thames Cruise 2 - 12.30pm-4.30pm

The Skints   

+ Don Letts and General Roots

The Dixie Queen, Tower Millennium Pier, Tower Hill, London.

Event 7:  2pm-7pm

The Modfather Clothing Co Ska Special

Featuring DJs, acoustic performances and artist signings

Modfather Clothing Co, Stables Market, Camden Town, London NW1.  £FREE

Event 8:  3pm-10.30pm

The Beat

+Sonic Boom Six, Arthur Kay & The Originals, The Simmertones, The Downsetters, Tree House Fire, Millie Manders, Hometown Hi-Fi & DJ Ali Skaba

+ Time Tunnel club night

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £25adv includes free entry to URoy/Solution Sound System

Event 9:  10.30pm-4am

Original Sound System Style:  URoy, Dennis Bovell (Jah Sufferer set), Oxman and Solution Sound System

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £15adv

Easter Sunday 27th March 2016 - day 4

Event 10:  2pm-7pm

London Intl Ska Festival Record Fair

Upstairs at The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £FREE

Event 11:  3pm-11pm

Do The Dog Skazine International showcase starring Bad Manners 40th Anniversary show

+Pannonia All-stars Ska Orchestra (Hungary), Razika (Norway), Bottle of Moonshine (Belgium), The Kubricks (Eng), DJ Skankin Steve & more tba!

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 (opp. Highbury & Islington tube) £25adv

Event 12:  11pm-3am

London Intl Ska Festival closing party

Rhoda Dakar

More acts and events to be announced:

www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

www.facebook.com/LondonSkaFestival

 


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