The London Int’l Ska Festival returns to the capital this Easter (2-5 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 it’s 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 plus acts from France, USA, Japan, Malta, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico and all over the UK.
In addition to the wealth of live talent the festival also features the now infamous LISF Thames cruise onboard the beautiful Dixie Queen paddle steamer, and a 3 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!
Every year festival goers fly in from the four-corners of the globe. From Auckland to Buenos Aires, Moscow to Toronto, Tokyo to Chicago, Stockholm to Sydney, Paris, Rome and beyond people come to celebrate the wonderful world of ska in all it’s colourful guises,