London International Ska Festival 2012

Since its birth in the early 1960s in Jamaica, ska music has spread around the globe, inspiring each new generation to draw on it to create something new whether it be reggae, two tone or ska-punk. British pop artists such as The Clash, Madness and Amy Winehouse have all been influenced by ska music.

The London International Ska Festival brings together 40 acts from around the world. The line-up includes ska legends Dandy Livingstone, Dave Barker (the voice of Dave and Ansell Collins Double Barrel), The Pioneers and Rico Rodriguez MBE as well as two tone pioneers The Specials legend Neville Staple and the Neol Davies- founder, guitarist and songwriter of The Selecter and new British bands The Dualers, Phoenix City All-Stars, Buster Shuffle and Ska Cubano. The festival’s music policy showcases all ska has to offer from its roots in rhythm and blues, mento and calypso, to the Jamaican originators, the progression through rocksteady and reggae, two tone, ska-punk and the 21st century ska sounds.

The festival takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 May at O2 Academy Islington, Islington Assembly Hall and The Islington Metal Works.

The London International Ska Festival running order

Day 1 – Thursday 3 May – 6pm-11pm
The Pioneers ft. George Dekker & Jackie Robinson
plus Owen Grey  |  The Moon Invaders  |  Kinky Coo Coo’s  |  The Delegators  |  DJ Andy Smith
O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street London, N1 0PS. Tel: 02072884410.

Day 2 – Friday 4 May – 6pm-10pm
Dandy Livingstone  plus Dave Barker  |  Rico Rodriguez  |  AJ Franklin (The Chosen Few)  |  Phoenix City All-stars  |  Los Granadians  |  DJ Gladdy Wax
O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street London, N1 0PS.  Tel: 02072884410.
After show party – DJ All-nighter at Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ.  10pm-6am
Jerry Dammers (The Specials)  |  Tighten Up v Downbeat Melody  |  Chris Lane  |  Tim Wells |  DJ Amma  |  Dreadzone Sound System | 3DJ (Funkdub)  |  Fenomeno (Open The Gate)

Day 3 – Saturday 5 May – 6pm-11pm
The Dualers  |  Ska Cubano  |  Freddie Notes |  Goldmaster All-stars  |  Buster Shuffle  |  Capone & The Bullets
DJs Cello (Coast To Coast) and Count Skylarkin
Islington Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall, Upper St, London.
After show party – Festival Closing Party at Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ.  10pm-3am

Day 4 – Sunday 6 May – 5pm-10pm
Two tone double bill: Neville Staple (The Specials)  |   Neol Davies aka The Selecter
plus The Skints  |  Chris Murray | Rebelation  |  DJs Don Letts
O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street London, N1 0PS.  Tel: 02072884410.
After show party – Festival Closing Party at Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ.  10pm-late
Laurel Aitken’s Original Pressure Tenants |  The Equators

For more information/tickets go to www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

Look out for exclusive interviews with Dave Barker, Neol Davies aka The Selecter, The Dualers, Buster Shuffle and festival organiser Sean Flowerdew coming soon!