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Latest addition to London Intl Ska Festival

The London International Ska Festival has revealed the latest band to be added its 2016 event: UK ska legends ARTHUR KAY AND THE ORIGINALS.

The ska festival takes place on 24-27 March 2016 at various venues around the capital.

It already includes top acts such as JOHNNY OSBOURNE, U-ROY and STRANGER COLE.


Guardian puts out reggae playlist

The Guardian has put out a new reggae, dancehall and soca playlist featuring FACE T, POPCAAN and FARMER NAPPY.

Erin MacLeod has selected the following tracks this month from “Mi Nuh Trust Friend (Weh Fren Aguh)”, “Happy Street Riddim” by ONE ARMY ENTERTAINMENT and finishing up with “Everybody” by VYBZ KARTEL.


UB40 ft Ali, Astro & Mickey reveal 2016 UK tour

Birmingham reggae band UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey have announced a Labour Of Love UK tour in spring next year.

The band will be performing the albums Labour Of Love I and Labour Of Love II at all shows.

The new dates are:


THE BEAT lines up more live shows

Top 2Tone ska band THE BEAT has added more UK performances to its upcoming touring schedule.

Upcoming shows for the Birmingham band now include:


Early bird Bestival 2016 tickets go on sale

A limited number of early bird (phase two) tickets for Bestival 2016 are now on sale priced at £190 for the weekend.

Bestival takes place on 8-11 September 2016 at the Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight.

The organisers are offering a 34-week payment plan which means an adult ticket can now be bought with an initial £25 deposit followed by 33 weekly payments of around £5.

Glastonbury 2016 ticket price confirmed

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2016 have been confirmed at £228 plus £5 booking fee per ticket and postage.

Online registration is free of charge and will close at 9am on 29 September.

Festival-goers must be registered before this date if they intend to book tickets in either the coach or general admission sales in October. Tickets go on sale at 9am on 4 October.

Tickets for the 2015 event sold out in less than 26 minutes.

Live review: MADNESS at the County Ground

London ska legends MADNESS stopped in Bristol last week for an epic performance at the County Ground.

The show featured on the final leg of the band’s Grandslam Tour of major sporting venues around the UK.

Unfortunately the home of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club suffered poor sound quality and a lack of atmosphere on the night, but that didn’t stop thousands of ska nuts enjoying this rare occasion in the city.


Date set for Bath music venue re-opening

Moles nightclub and live music venue in Bath has confirmed it is re-opening on 27 November.

The venue has been closed since March 2014 after a fire caused by an electrical fault severely damaged the building.

LEE PERRY adds more dates to UK tour

Jamaican musician LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY has added new dates in Bristol and Coventry to his upcoming tour.

The dates now include:


BUSTER SHUFFLE lines up Christmas party

London ska band BUSTER SHUFFLE has revealed the details of its official hometown Christmas show.

The gig takes place on 4 December at the Barfly in Camden alongside BARSTOOL PREACHERS and RENATTA JANE.


Interview: Danglin from THE WAILERS

Jamaican reggae band THE WAILERS are returning to the UK this November for a big tour of O2 Academy venues. caught up with frontman Dwayne "Danglin" Anglin to find out the political issues on his mind, what it’s like performing with a bass legend, and how he musters the emotion to deliver classic tracks in THE WAILERS back catalogue every night.


NEVILLE STAPLE lines up more live shows

2Tone ska act THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND has lined up more tour dates in the coming months.

Upcoming shows now include:


Acts added to London Intl Ska Festival

MAROON TOWN, WASSIE ONE and INTENSIFIED are among the recent additions to the London International Ska Festival 2016.



LINTON KWESI JOHNSON lines up London performance

Dub poet LINTON KWESI JOHNSON will perform at a special event in London next month alongside LAWRENCE SCOTT and TANIKA GUPTA.

The evening takes place on 17 October at St John's Church in Archway, London.

Tickets cost £7 in advance.

Fans will have the rare opportunity of hearing him speak his poetry in his glorious, rich, musical, iconic voice.


BEAT GOES BANG reveals 2016 show

Ska band BEAT GOES BANG, featuring original BEAT members Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham, has announced a live show next year.

The gig takes place on 30 January at The Vic in Swindon and tickets are priced at £8 in advance.

Upcoming BEAT GOES BANG shows now include:


Winner revealed for WAILERS competition

The winner can now be revealed for ReggaeChapter’s Twitter competition to see THE WAILERS performing live in Bristol.

We asked people to tell us their favourite WAILERS track and why to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the show.

The winning tweet came from ‏@DanBensDad who said the following:

“favourite track...ONE LOVE. Bringing the world 2gether!!”


Glastonbury 2016 ticket details revealed

The tickets on sale dates have been confirmed for Glastonbury 2016.

Glastonbury Festival takes place on 22-26 June 2016 at Worthy Farm at Pilton in Somerset.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on 4 October and are expected to be priced around the £225 mark. 

RHODA DAKAR added to PIL shows

Ska singer RHODA DAKAR has been added as support to Public Image Ltd (PIL) at its upcoming Bristol and London shows.

The dates are:

  • 25 Sep - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 02 Oct - Shepherds Bush Empire, London

DAKAR will be performing her Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers album.


RICO RODRIGUEZ passes away

Legendary trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness in a hospital.

THE SPECIALS announced his death on Twitter yesterday:


Let’s Rock 2016 shows revealed

The details for next year’s Let's Rock festival series can now be revealed.

The dates are: