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Kendal Calling and Latitude reveal payment plans

Popular UK festivals Kendal Calling and Latitude have revealed payment plans for their 2016 events.

The organisers of Kendal Calling's 10th celebration are offering fans the opportunity to purchase tickets via a seven-month (from £17.50 per month) payment scheme.

Full price tickets are not yet on sale.

Kendal Calling takes place on 28-31 July 2016 at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, in the Lake District.

There are no acts confirmed yet for 2016.

London Intl Ska Festival adds new band

Hungary’s PANNONIA ALLSTARS SKA ORCHESTRA is the latest addition to the London International Ska Festival 2016.

The sensational orchestra joins the ‘Do The Dog Music’ international showcase featuring HOLLIE COOK, Angel City Records revue show with JACKIE MENDEZ and THE DELIRIANS from USA, THE SKA VENGERS from India, BOTTLE OF MOONSHINE from Belgium and more to be announced soon.


BAD MANNERS gets ready for UK tour

English ska band BAD MANNERS will embark on a UK tour next month taking them through to the New Year.

The tour includes the following shows:


RICHIE BLOOD drops Soundboy Killer mix

DJ RICHIE BLOOD of BASHY BEATS has dropped a brand new mix of pure clash tunes moving from dancehall to jungle in 30 minutes.


NINEY THE OBSERVER picks up Jamaican honour

Music producer Winston “NINEY THE OBSERVER” Holness has been awarded the order of distinction in the rank of officer (OD) at a ceremony in Jamaica.

According to the Jamaica Observer the National Honours and Awards took place on 19 October at King’s House in St Andrew.


DAVID RODIGAN lines up UK shows

British reggae and dub DJ DAVID RODIGAN will perform a number of sessions around the UK in the coming months.

Upcoming dates now include:


Tickets on sale for Shambala Festival 2016

Tickets are now on sale now for Shambala Festival 2016, but tier one and two tickets have already sold out within hours of release.

The big festival takes place on 25-28 August 2016 at a secret location near Market Harborough in Northamptonshire.

Tier three tickets for the August bank holiday weekend are priced at £159 with Easypay and split payment options available to help spread the cost.

There are no confirmed acts yet for the 2016 event.

KABAKA PYRAMID adds another show to UK tour

Jamaican artist and producer KABAKA PYRAMID has added a show in Sheffield to his upcoming UK tour.

The Sheffield show takes place on 5 November and also features performances by YT and CONGO NATTY, among others.

The Well Done tour now includes the following UK shows:


London Intl Ska Festival day one line-up revealed

Ska legend STRANGER COLE will headline day one of the London International Ska Festival 2016.

COLE will be backed by INTENSIFIED, along with support from MR.T-BONE and THE UPPERTONES from Italy, MAROON TOWN, KING ZEPHA, WASSIE ONE and a world famous DJ/clubnight to be announced shortly.


THE TOASTERS line up 2016 UK show

Third wave ska pioneers THE TOASTERS have lined up a London show in April next year.

The show takes place on 30 April 2016 at the New Cross Inn. Tickets are priced at £8 in advance.

Rob Hingley formed THE TOASTERS in New York in the early 1980s after discovering that the 2Tone ska he loved had made virtually no inroads into the American music scene.


Live review: PROTOJE at the O2 Academy Bristol

Rising reggae star PROTOJE and THE INDIGGNATION band performed in Bristol last Sunday [18 October] for the first time ever.


GYPTIAN adds more shows to UK tour

Jamaican singer GYPTIAN has added more shows to his upcoming UK tour including gigs in Chester, Sheffield and another London date.

The tour now includes the following shows:


Interview: ReggaeChapter speaks to MORGAN HERITAGE caught up with MORGAN HERITAGE guitarist Nakamyah “Lukes” Morgan ahead of the band's mini UK tour later this month.

With a new record out, featuring top production from the likes of J VIBE, SEANI B and DON CHANDLER, the group is keen to hit the road and spread the live vibes.


TOK out of action as member quits

Jamaican vocal group TOK has run into trouble with news that Xavier “Flexx” Davidson has quit the band to pursue a solo career.

As reported in the Jamaica Observer, Roshaun “Bay C” Clarke said the departure had “been a long time coming” with tension in the band for the past eight years.


RHODA DAKAR Jazz Café support acts revealed

THE VELVETEENS and DJ LILI RUDIES will be supporting ska singer RHODA DAKAR at her Jazz Café show in London later this month.

The official album launch gig takes place at the famous North London venue on 31 October.

Tickets for the Halloween show are priced at £15 in advance or £20 on the door.


New reggae album pays tribute to Clarks

A new reggae album called Clarks In Jamaica pays tribute to the classic English shoe.

The new record features 21 reggae tracks recorded between 1978 and 1988, each paying tribute to the Jamaican status symbol.

Al Newman curated the album - featuring tracks from CULTURE, EEK-A-MOUSE and DILLINGER - and has written a book on the Jamaican demand for the Somerset shoe.

MYKAL ROSE shows rescheduled for February

Jamaican singer MYKAL ROSE will perform his rescheduled UK shows in early February next year.

The new dates are:


Guardian releases new reggae playlist

The Guardian has released a new reggae, dancehall and soca playlist featuring SANJAY, KEZNAMDI and BUNJI GARLIN.

Erin MacLeod has selected the tracks this month again, including Trinidad and Tobago’s FAY ANN LYONS who gets carnival cooking.


TWINKLE BROTHERS line up Bristol show

Legendary Jamaican band the TWINKLE BROTHERS will perform in Bristol later this year at the Trinity Centre.

The show takes place on 12 December and also features JAH TUBBY'S and PAPPA ROOTS SOUND SYSTEM.


Man Booker Prize winning novel inspired by reggae

Jamaican author Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize 2015 with ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ – a novel he says was inspired by reggae music.

James told the BBC a huge part of his third novel had been inspired by reggae:

“The reggae singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were the first to recognise that the voice coming out our mouths was a legitimate voice for fiction and poetry,” he said.