Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Your Vote Needed to Choose a Band for the 2012 London International Ska Festival!

Voting for the 2012 London International Ska Festival band competition is now open! To vote, choose one act from the 20 finalists listed below and email the band's name to There is only vote per person (only valid email addresses will be count)--and the contest ends on December 1, 2011. You can listen to tracks from all 20 finalists on the LISF band page.

Since I'm based in New York City, I'd love to see an American band win this contest, so I've started the list below with the US acts...

Bigger Thomas
The Forthrights
Maddie Ruthless
See Spot
Green Room Rockers
Babylove and the Van Dangos
Offbeat Offensive
The Riffs
The Downsetters
The Simmertones
Monkey Boots
Kinky Coo Coos
Captain Accident
Jamaica 69
Los Furios
The Oldians
Jeramiah Ferrari
The Liptones

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The 2012 London International Ska Festival will be held between 3rd - 6th May 2012 at Brixton Academy, Shepards Bush Empire and Islington Academy. Already confirmed for 2012 are: The Dualers (UK), Neol Davies aka The Selecter (UK), The Hotknives (original line-up; UK), The Moon Invaders (Belgium), Los Granadians (Spain), Capone & The Bullets (Scotland)--plus DJs Andy Smith (Trojan Document/Jam Up Twist); Count Skylarkin (Skylarkin Sound System/Big 10"); Tim 'Bilko' Wells; Mark 'Bazza' Barrett (Pressure Drop); 3DJ (Funkdub). More bands and DJs to be confirmed and announced over the coming months.

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