Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 London International Ska Festival: March 28-31!

The London International Ska Festival--celebrating its 25th anniversary this year--returns to the UK capital city this Easter weekend (March 28-31, 2013). This year's festival features four main shows, plus a series of associated events, including cinema, DJ all-nighters, a record fair, Thames cruise, kids days, and exhibitions--all taking place at iconic and famed London venues! Tickets are on sale here.

Here's the AMAZING schedule. Much more is still to be added, so be on the lookout for updates. Make your way to London this March if you can!

Day 1: Thursday March 28 - 7pm-11pm
Rico Rodriguez performing Man From Wareika in its entirety
The Sidewalk Doctors (UK)
DJ David Katz
at The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden, London NW1

Club night DJs and venue TBA

Day 2 - Friday, March 29
Studio One Special (Venue TBA)
BB Seaton (The Gaylads/Bibby and The Astronauts)
Vin Gordon and more TBA

Day 2 - Friday, March 29 - 10pm-4am
International Ska Review!
Buster Shuffle (UK)
Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (Hungary)
Bombskare (Scotland)
Skylarkin Sound System w/DJ Derek and Count Skylarkin
and more TBA!
at The Garage, Highbury Corner, Islington (opposite Highbury and Islington tube)

Day 3 - Saturday, March 30 - Daytime Event TBA

Day 3 - Saturday, March 30 - 7pm-11pm
Trojan Explosion!
Freddie Notes (Trojan Records/"Montego Bay")
Intensified (UK)
The Upsessions (Netherlands)
and more TBA
at The 100 Club, 100 Oxford St, London W1

Day 3 - Saturday, March 30 - 10pm-6am - Allnighter!
Tribute to Duke Vin: The LISF Sound System Conference 2013
Sponsored by Reggae Vinyl Heaven

- The Sound System Room
Metro w/Eddie Regal (Metro Sound)
Gladdy Wax
Ras Digby (Sir Jessus Sound)
Jumbo (Java Hi-Power)
Tighten Up Crew w/Champian (Jamdown Rockers)

- Room 2
Mungo's HiFi
Wrong TOm
at Islington Metal Works, Torrens St, Islington N1
(behind Angel tube station)

Day 4 - Sunday, March 31 - Daytime event TBA
Do the Dog Music Special
Cartoon Violence (UK; offical album launch party)
The Splitters (UK)
Robb Blake (UK)
at The Dublin Castle, Parkway, Camden, London NW1

Day 4 - Sun, March 31 March - Evening event TBA
The Great British Ska Explosion
100 Men starring Mik Whitnall (UK)
Maroon Town plus special guests--members from The Loafers and more (UK)!
The Toasters (USA)
Potato 5 DJ set
at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1

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Acts Confirmed/Still to be Programmed
Pama International (UK)
Mr. T Bone and The Young Lions (Italy)
Razika (Norway)

Sound System/DJ Sets Confirmed/Still to be Programmed
Lynval Golding (The Specials)
Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Special AKA)
DJ Cellos Coast to Coast
Little Diane (Ace Cafe)

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Festival Background
Originally launched in 1988, The London International Ska Festival returned to critical acclaim in 2011 and has featured Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Dave and Ansell Collins, The Pioneers, Rico Rodriguez MBE, Jerry Dammers (The Specials), Don Letts, Lynval Golding (The Specials), Neville Staple (The Specials), Neol Davies (The Selecter), Laurel Aitken, Owen Gray, Rhoda Dakar (Bodysnatchers/Special AKA), Ska Cubano, Hotknives, The Loafers, Dub Pistols, The Dualers, Potato 5, Buster Shuffle, and The Skints, amongst many others.

From its birth in Jamaica, ska has come a long way, morphing and inspiring every generation and reaching all corners of the world. The festival will once again showcase all that 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.

For uptodate info and tickets go to:

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