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ASWAD lines up another UK date

London roots reggae band ASWAD has added a live show in Eastleigh to its upcoming touring itinerary.

UK dates now include:


BOB ANDY to headline London ska fest day two

Legendary Jamaican artist BOB ANDY will headline day two of the London International Ska Festival 2016.

ANDY will be performing songs from the 'Golden Era' of reggae music with tunes like “Too Experienced”, “I've Got To Go Back Home” and “Young, Gifted & Black”.

The singer was due to perform at the 2011 festival, but due to illness couldn't come.


LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY adds another UK date to tour

Jamaican musician LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY has added a date in Southampton to his upcoming tour.

PERRY will play his classic album Super Ape in its entirety on this tour to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The tour includes the following UK dates:


MISTY IN ROOTS to play Willowman Festival

Roots reggae band MISTY IN ROOTS has been added to the line-up for Yorkshire's Willowman Festival.

The legendary group join previously announced ska act THE BEAT.

The festival, which takes place on 16-19 June, returns to the Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton between Thirsk and Northallerton.

Early bird tickets for a full weekend including camping are priced at £70.


BEAT GOES BANG adds another UK show

BEAT GOES BANG, an offshoot of Birmingham ska band THE BEAT, will perform a show in Surrey later this year.

The gig, which also features performances by RODDY RADIATION, HOMETOWN HI-FI and SKA TRAIN DJs, takes place on 11 March at The Agincourt in Camberley.

Tickets priced at £10 in advance are now available.


MADNESS to headline Fairport's Cropredy Convention

British ska band MADNESS will headline the first night at Fairport's Cropredy Convention this summer.

French ska and reggae band BABYLON CIRCUS will also make an appearance at the festival, which takes place on 11-13 August.

In 2012 MADNESS put out an album called Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da on the Lucky 7 label.


KATCHAFIRE reveals UK show this summer

New Zealand reggae band KATCHAFIRE has added a UK show to its upcoming touring itinerary.

The show takes place on 18 August at the Garage in London with tickets priced at £20 in advance.

In 2013 the Maori group put out a compilation album called Best So Far – Katchafire on Greensleeves Records.


JAZZ JAMAICA lines up London show

The mighty JAZZ JAMAICA has lined up a show in London this summer.

The gig takes place on 4 June at the 100 Club in London with tickets priced at £22.50 in advance.

In 2004 the JAZZ JAMAICA ALL STARS put out an album called Massive.


NINJA MAN murder case sent to Special Court

The murder case involving dancehall artist NINJA MAN, real name Desmond Ballentine, and two others has been transferred to Jamaica’s Special Court.

The court was recently set up to deal with matters on the court list for more than five years.

The case was set to start in the Home Circuit Court on Monday, but could not proceed because witnesses failed to turn up.


NATTY back with new album

Soul-reggae crossover artist NATTY is back following the success of his debut album Man Like I, with his highly anticipated album Release the Fear.

The new record is set for release on 29 February, featuring GEORGE THE POET, ALBOROSIE and BUSY SIGNAL.

The first single of the album, “I'm Alive”, is a catchy proclamation of faith and a declaration of thanks for new times and new energies. 



SPECIALS bassist HORACE PANTER brings his all-star UPTOWN SKA COLLECTIVE to Devon for a rare visit.

The show takes place on 28 May at the New Hall in Tiverton with tickets priced at £15 in advance.


LEE PERRY adds further date to UK tour

Legendary Jamaican musician LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY has added a new live show in Whitstable to his upcoming UK tour.

PERRY will play his classic album Super Ape in its entirety on this tour to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The tour now includes the following dates:


BUJU BANTON prison sentence reduced

Jamaican reggae artist BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, has had his 10-year prison sentence reduced.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, the US Federal Bureau of Prisons has taken two months off the sentence with a release date now set for 8 December 2018.


NATTY lines up UK tour dates

London musician NATTY has revealed a run of UK shows later this year in March.

The dates are:


BAD MANNERS to headline London ska fest day four

Ska band BAD MANNERS will headline day four (27 March) of the London International Ska Festival at the Garage.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary BAD MANNERS return to the festival 28 years after headlining the first ever LISF back in 1988 at The Fridge.


Angel City Records revue added to Thames Cruise

The London International Ska Festival has added California’s Angel City Records revue, starring THE DELIRIANS and JACKIE MENDEZ, to one of its Thames Cruise sessions.

The acts will appear on the ‘Rocksteady on the River’ event with U-ROY and CARLTON AND THE SHOES aboard New Orleans-style paddle steamer, the Dixie Queen.


LITTLE ROY gets ready for Glasgow show

Jamaican reggae artist LITTLE ROY and EARL GATESHEAD, supported by BASS WARRIOR SOUND SYSTEM, will perform live and direct in Glasgow this month.

The session takes place on 22 January at the Rum Shack with tickets priced at £10 in advance.


Redcar Ska Festival line-up heats up

2Tone ska singer TERRY HALL of THE SPECIALS is set to DJ on the first night of Redcar Ska Festival this April.

The charity fundraising event, in aid of the Specialized Project, takes place at Coatham Memorial Hall in Redcar on 22-23 April.


YOLANDA BROWN reveals Reggae Love Songs tour

Double MOBO Award-winning saxophonist YOLANDA BROWN will embark on her Reggae Love Songs tour around the UK this year.

The tour will be an infectious journey of reggae rhythms from the Caribbean, peppered with supreme jazz-flavoured inflections and sensibilities.


LEGEND tribute band plans UK shows

Top BOB MARLEY tribute act LEGEND has started lining up UK dates for later this year.

The band, led by Michael Anton Phillips, features members who have worked with reggae greats such as THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS, THE ORIGINAL WAILERS and DENNIS BROWN.

LEGEND's two-hour show covers the best of BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS.