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MADNESS reveals Clapham Common show

London ska band MADNESS will play a big show on Clapham Common this summer.

The one-day ‘House of Common’ event takes place on the August bank holiday on 29 August.

The band will be joined by 20 like-minded bands and DJs, hand-picked by the band themselves.


Date set for Midlands Roots Explosion Volume Two

Reggae Archive Records is set to release The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume Two on 20 May.

The album will be available on double vinyl in a luxurious gatefold sleeve, CD and digital download.

The first volume was released last year and saw the culmination of many years work spent tracking down artists and tapes to shine a light on one of England's greatest, yet most overlooked musical scenes.


Tickets on sale for big SPECIALS UK tour

2Tone ska band THE SPECIALS will tour the UK throughout October and November this year.

At the end of last year original SPECIALS drummer John Bradbury passed away just months after trombonist Rico Rodriguez died.

Upcoming ‘Hall Or Nothing’ dates now include:


Date set for Africa Oyé Festival

Details can now be revealed for Liverpool’s free family-friendly Africa Oyé Festival this summer.

Africa Oyé takes place on 18-19 June at Sefton Park in Liverpool, returning to celebrate its 24th year.

The festival organisers have yet to announce any of the acts yet for the 2016 event.

Last year Jamaican dancehall reggae artist FRANKIE PAUL headlined the festival.

Giants of Lovers Rock tickets on sale now

The organisers of ‘Giants of Lovers Rock’ have announced part 10 of the concert series for later this year.

The show takes place on 1 October at indigo at The O2, near Greenwich in south east London.

Tickets go on sale today priced at £25-75 in advance.

ERNEST RANGLIN to play London this summer

Seminal Jamaican musician ERNEST RANGLIN has announced a live show in the capital this summer.

The show, billed as ‘ERNEST RANGLIN and Friends’ with support from all-female band NERIJA, takes place on 27 June at the Barbican.

Tickets cost £15 to £30 in advance.


UB40 lines up live date in Cornwall

Birmingham reggae band UB40 has announced it will return to Cornwall to play Falmouth's Event Square this summer.

The big show takes place on 26 June and tickets are priced from £35 in advance.

Pre-sale tickets are now live, get yours now!


Nozstock 2016 reggae acts revealed

The organisers behind Nozstock can now reveal ska and reggae acts including GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB for this year's line-up.

The dub and reggae band will be joined by DUB PHIZIX, STRATEGY and CHANNEL ONE heading up a reggae takeover in The Bullpen on Saturday.


PAMA INTERNATIONAL reveals first gigs in six years

UK reggae band PAMA INTERNATIONAL will perform in London next month for the first time in six years.

Upcoming live shows include:


THE SLACKERS reveal UK tour dates

US ska band THE SLACKERS has announced a run of live shows around the UK this summer.

Dates so far for the ‘Jamaican Rock N Roll’ group include:


KING PRAWN to play London and Manchester

UK ska punk band KING PRAWN will perform live shows in Manchester and London later this year.

The upcoming dates are:


RHODA DAKAR lines up London show

Ska singer RHODA DAKAR will perform a special show in London this summer.

The gig takes place on 18 June at the 100 Club with tickets priced £15 in advance.

Dakar was the lead singer of ska band THE BODYSNATCHERS back in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


LESS THAN JAKE reveals UK tour dates

US ska-punk band LESS THAN JAKE has announced a short UK tour in May. 

The Gainesville group will perform the following shows:


TARRUS RILEY adds Bristol to UK tour

Jamaican reggae singer TARRUS RILEY has added a live show in Bristol to his upcoming European tour.

RILEY will perform with the BLAK SOIL band alongside special guest ASSASSIN, with local support from QUALITEX SOUND, JUNIOR CHIN, DR D SOUND, SCRAPILUS and SIR SAMBO SOUND.


MORGAN HERITAGE picks up Grammy Award

Jamaican reggae group MORGAN HERITAGE has won a Grammy Award in the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category.

The Royal family of reggae picked up the award for Strictly Roots - their first independently released album.

The band beat off stiff competition from the likes of LUCIANO, JAH CURE, BARRINGTON LEVY and ROCKY DAWUNI.



The LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA will play twice in the capital in the coming months.

The dates are:


THE ENGLISH BEAT reveals UK tour dates

Ska revival band THE ENGLISH BEAT has lined up a set of UK dates this coming Summer.

The dates so far are:


FREDDIE MCGREGOR heads up Legends UK tour

The 'Legends Of Reggae' tour will hit Brixton and Birmingham this year featuring headline act FREDDIE MCGREGOR.

The Jamaican performer will be joined by fellow legends I-OCTANE, MARCIA GRIFFITHS and JUNIOR REID.

The dates are:


Top 10 Valentine reggae nights in the UK 2016

As 2016 gets into full swing can now reveal its top 10 reggae shows taking place around the country on Valentine’s Day.

In no particular order, here are this year’s pickings:

1. SANCHEZ + ROMAIN VIRGO [The 2016 Reggae Valentine Affair] - O2 Academy, Birmingham


Tickets on sale for DAVID RODIGAN Ska Special

Reggae DJ DAVID RODIGAN will perform a ‘Ska Special’ session on day one of the London International Ska Festival this year.

RODIGAN will be presenting the world exclusive ska set especially for the festival.

The club night, which also features PAPA FACE of Dub Vendor, takes place on 25 March at The Garage in London.