The London Int'l Ska Festival 2015

 

Friday 27th February 2015
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The London Int'l Ska Festival returns to the capital this Easter weekend, on 2nd to 5th April, for a series of 21 unique events at famed and iconic London venues.  The festival, which launched in 1988, celebrates all things ska, from it's roots in rhythm and blues, mento and calypso, through its Jamaican originators and onto rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 Tone, skapunk and beyond.

Amongst the 50+ acts this years headliners include;  Lee Scratch Perry, Steel Pulse (performing their classic Handsworth Revolution album), Derrick Harriott, Twinkle Brothers, Gentleman's Dub Club, Dennis Bovell, Rico Rodriguez MBE, Freddie 'Montego Bay' Notes, Bitty Mclean, Pama International, Horace Panter (The Specials), Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Special AKA), Don Letts, Zion Train, Buster Shuffle, plus acts from France, USA, Japan, Malta, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico and all over the UK.

Watch Lee Scratch Perry's legendary perform at Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live, below. 

In addition to the wealth of live talent the festival will also include; the now infamous LISF Thames cruise onboard the beautiful Dixie Queen paddle steamer, and a three-day 'From Kingston to Camden' art, music and fashion exhibition, UK premiere of the 'Legends of Ska' film at the British Film Industry, the launch of the stand-alone Trojan Records Clothing collection, a free family day in the heart of Camden, and much more! The programme is listed below, for more details and tickets head to the official website here.

Day 1 - Thursday 2 April

Lee Scratch Perry  +Dojo and DJ David Katz
The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London  

La Onda Mangica: Latino America Gone Ska!
DJ Ruffy TNT jets in from Mexico to host an unique journey into the history of 60's ska, rocksteady and reggae from Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, Guatemala, Peru and beyond.  Music never before spotlighted in London!
The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London  

Day 2 - Friday 3 April 

London Int'l Ska Festival Thames Cruise, starring Derrick Harriott + AJ Franklin (Chosen Few) +DJ Tim P (Tighten Up)
The Dixie Queen, Lower Thames St, London 

Exhibition:  From Kingston to Camden
The London Int'l Ska Festival 3 day music, art and fashion exhibition.
Camden Foundry, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London

Film: Bunny Lee - I Am The Gorgon 
The Forge, London

Dreadzone + support + DJ tba
The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London

All Valve Soundclash:  Axis Valv-a-tron meets Sounds & Pressure Lo-fi
Two beautiful valve sound systems, hand-built by Jamaican music connoisseurs Paul Huxtable (Axis sound system) and Phil Bush (Sounds & Pressure sound system).  
The Forge, London 

Gentleman's Dub Club + Babylon Circus*, Buster Shuffle, The Toasters, Paperboy, DJ Kaptin IsDead (Boomtown)
The Forum, Kentish Town, London  

Time Tunnel club night
A vinyl feast of all things ska, 2 Tone, soul and more!
The Forum, Kentish Town, London 

Day 3 - Saturday 4 April 

Exhibition:  From Kingston to Camden
The London Int'l Ska Festival 3 day music, art and fashion exhibition.
Camden Foundry, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London

Film: Legends of Ska UK premiere + Q&A with Director Brad Klein, Rico Rodriguez, Owen Gray & more!
BFI, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London  

Do The Dog Skazine Intl showcase
Starring Two Tone Club (France) , The Talks (UK), The Rifffs (Malta), Miserable Man (Italy), Beat Bahnhof (Japan)  & more!
The Barfly, Chalk Farm Road, London 

Twinkle Brothers + Zion Train and DJ Fenomeno Show (Open The Gate)
The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London

TBA
The Forge, London

Steel Pulse perform Handsworth Revolution
Dennis Bovell Dub Band and DJ Oxman (Dub Vendor)
The Forum, Kentish Town, London

Don Letts Rebel Dread clubnight
The Forum, Kentish Town, London

Day 4 - Sunday 5 April 2015

Kids Go Ska - free family day
All-day musical treat for all the family with dance classes, acoustic performance, signings, boss DJs spinning classic sounds & stars galore.
Camden Foundry, Camden Town, London

Exhibition:  From Kingston to Camden
The London Int'l Ska Festival 3 day music, art and fashion exhibition.
Camden Foundry, Camden Town, London

2 Tone stars triple bill - Sir Horace Panter's Uptown Ska Collective (The Specials), Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers & Beat Goes Bang (Everett Morton from The Beat)
The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London 

Bitty Mclean + Freddie 'Montego Bay' Notes, Vin Gordon aka Don Drummond jnr and DJ Natty Bo (Ska Cubano)
Dingwalls, Camden Town

Closing clubnight, line-up TBA
Dingwalls, Camden Town

www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk
facebook.com/londonskafestival 

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