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he London Intl Ska Festival launched in 1988 & annually celebrates Ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 Tone and beyond.
The sixth London International Ska Festival is set to take place across multiple London venues (one wristband gets you into all of them) over Easter Weekend from Thursday 24th through to Sunday 27th March 2016.
The festival is set to highlight all that’s good about the world of ska, from it’s roots in American Rhythm & blues, to the Jamaican originators, through the 2 Tone era and right up-to-date with 21st century ska sounds.
Latest additions are Stranger Cole Bob Andy,Carlton and His Shoes and Bad Manners.
They join headliner David Rodigan, plus The Skints, Hollie Cook, Don Letts, King Zepha, Hometown Hi-Fi, Pannonia All-Stars Ska Orchestra, The Delirians & Jackie Mendez, Razika, Stranger Cole, Johnny Osbourne, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood, Pama International, Sonic Boom Six, Heavyball, The Tighten Up Crew, Ali Skaba, Mr T Bone, Tree House Fire, The Simmertones, Bottle Of Moonshine, U-Roy, Carlton and The Shoes, The Beat, Freddie Notes, Arthur Kay & The Originals, The Indecision, Tree House Fire, Millie Manders, Gladdy Wax, Rhoda Dakar, Oxman, Time Tunnel, and from Belgium The Dukes Of Skazzard, irates Crew, Intensified, Maroon Town, Skankin Steve, Wassie One, India’s The Ska Vengers, The Defekters, The Downsetters, plus DJs Axis Valv-A-Tron and Sounds & Pressure Lo-Fi, with more yet to be announced.
3 events already confirmed will be the Dixie Queen Thames cruise, the Valve Soundclash with Axis Valvatron and Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure valve sound systems, and Do The Dog Skazine’s global showcase.
20 events are scheduled with 50+ artists, once again at iconic London venues.