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LEE PERRY reveals Manchester show in 2016

Jamaican artist and producer LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY has announced a live show in Manchester early next year.

The gig takes place on 15 March 2016 at Band On The Wall with tickets priced at £22.50-24.50 in advance.


BAD MANNERS to put out food charity single

Ska group BAD MANNERS is releasing a Christmas single this year in aid of foodbank providers The Trussell Trust.

The band says its newly recorded version of “What Simon Says” will raise awareness of hunger as well as cash, according to Third Force News.


UK Festival Awards: One week to go

There is less than a week to go until the UK Festival Awards and Conference 2015 takes place in London.

The prestigious award ceremony takes place on 26 November at iconic London venue The Roundhouse in Camden.

Awards include Best Major, Medium-Sized and Small Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Overseas Festival, Best Headline Performance, and of course Best Toilets!

Festivals shortlisted across the 23 categories include Bestival, Latitude, Reading & Leeds, many of which usually feature a good selection of ska and reggae acts.

THE ESTIMATORS line up live shows

Ska band THE ESTIMATORS have lined up live shows in the coming month plus a couple of dates into 2016.

Upcoming shows now include:


KONSHENS lines up London show

Jamaican dancehall artist KONSHENS will head up a ‘Dancehall Special’ in London next year alongside PRINCE MARNI and VERSHON.

The show takes place on 4 March 2016 at the Coronet in London, with tickets priced from £18.11 in advance.


THE BEAT added to Bristol Ska & Mod Festival

Top ska act THE BEAT is among the first batch of bands revealed for the Bristol Ska & Mod Festival next year.

The day-long event takes place on 27 March 2016 at Motion and will also feature performances from 2RUDE and THE EMPERIALS, among many others.

Early bird tickets are now available priced at £20.



Saxophonist LEE THOMPSON and 10-piece band THE SILENCERZ will perform a show in Essex next month.

The founding member of ska legends MADNESS will join Barnet-based ensemble THE SILENCERZ to play some reggae, ska, funk and Motown that has inspired him over the years.

The show takes place on 19 December at the Town Hall in Saffron Walden, with tickets priced at £12 in advance.


VOODOO GLOW SKULLS add more shows to UK tour

Californian ska punk band VOODOO GLOW SKULLS have added shows in London, High Wycombe, Norwich and Milton Keynes to their upcoming tour around the UK.

The tour, which includes support from POPES OF CHILLITOWN, now includes the following gigs:


STEEL PULSE start crowdfunding to complete film

Birmingham reggae group STEEL PULSE is campaigning for funds to complete a new documentary film called 'Dreadtown'.


New Guardian reggae playlist out

The Guardian has put out its latest reggae, dancehall and soca playlist featuring MAVADO, MACHEL MONTANO and ALAINE.

MONTANO delivers another high-quality soca track with “Temperature”, while KERWIN DU BOIS featuring PATRICE ROBERTS deliver more soca vibes with “Unforgettable”.


NATTY gets ready for London shows

North London musician NATTY will next month perform a run of intimate shows around the capital.

The 'Four Corners Tour' includes the following dates:


THE DUALERS line up live shows

UK ska and reggae band THE DUALERS have lined up a number of live shows around the UK in the coming months.

Upcoming shows now include:


Love Saves The Day 2016 details revealed

The Love Saves The Day festival will return to Bristol next year for its fifth instalment.

The two-day event will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 28-29 May 2016 in Eastville Park with tickets priced from £45-75.

The event will feature LIONPULSE, SHY FX and TEACHINGS IN DUB, among many others.


GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB lines up 2016 UK shows

UK reggae band GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB has announced four shows for February 2016 including Bristol, Leicester, Plymouth and Falmouth.

Upcoming shows now include:


REGGAE CULTURE FEST to hit London in 2016

Jamaica’s LUCIANO and BUGLE will perform live at Reggae Culture Fest in South London next March.

The big show takes place on 6 March 2016 at Clapham Grand with tickets priced from £27.50 to £33 in advance.


THE SELECTER reveals UK tour dates in 2016

2Tone ska revivalist band THE SELECTER has announced a number of shows around the UK in the early months of 2016.

The tour includes the following shows:



The mighty RUTS DC and DREADZONE will join LEVELLERS this winter for a short tour around the UK.

The legendary punk-reggae band and electro-dub pioneers will play extended supports sets before LEVELLERS play their greatest hits.


Lovebox 2016 early bird tickets on sale

Early bird tickets are now on sale for next summer's Lovebox festival in London's Victoria Park.

Lovebox Weekender takes place on 15-16 July 2016 at Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets with early bird tickets priced at £86.35 for both days.

There are no acts confirmed yet for the event.

POPCAAN wins 2015 MOBO Award

Jamaican dancehall artist POPCAAN has won a Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Award in the best reggae category.

The awards ceremony took place at the Leeds First Direct Arena.

POPCAAN beat off competition from CHRONIXX, STYLO G, PROTOJE and OMI.


Council pulls St Paul's Carnival funding

Bristol City Council and the Arts Council have pulled their funding from St Paul’s Carnival after having “lost confidence” in the organisers.

Following a meeting with the St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival (SPACC) the decision to withdraw funding was made with immediate effect.

According to the Bristol Post it was claimed SPACC did not have clear plans in place to deliver a carnival next year.