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Studio One Thames Cruise report: VIN GORDON, OWEN GREY & BB SEATON live in London

Day two (29 March) of the London International Ska Festival showcased one of the most anticipated live events of 2013 – the Studio One Thames Cruise featuring VIN GORDON, OWEN GREY and BB SEATON.

Ska and reggae fans from far and wide waded through the Tower Hill crowds to board the Dixie Queen for an afternoon of foundation Jamaican music.

The Studio One special got off to an explosive start aboard the rammed New Orleans-style paddle steamer, with trombone legend VIN GORDON, also known as DON DRUMMOND JR, taking to the stage.

The following fan-filmed clip shows VIN GORDON destroying the Dixie Queen:

Up next was one of Studio One's first artists, OWEN GRAY, who brought not only ska and rocksteady to the party, but also a massive dose of R&B and rock ‘n roll to keep everyone swaying.

Introduced to the stage as a major influence on KEN BOOTHE, here he is rocking the boat to “Darling Patricia”:

BB SEATON from THE GAYLADS finished up the Studio One trio of acts and dazzled the crowd with hits such as “Lean on Me” and “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”. 

Here he is performing the spiritual song “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands”:

Other highlights from the afternoon included tunes from DJ CHRIS PECKINGS and TRUE IDENITY as well as a live PA from soulful reggae singer MADDY CARTY.

The four-hour Thames cruise, which saw Tower Bridge being opened twice, had a great atmosphere, great views and above all great musicians.

Kudos to festival organiser Sean Flowerdew for putting this unique event on. It really was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon, bobbing around on a boat listening to ska and reggae at its finest.