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THE TALKS line up summer tour dates

Kingston upon Hull ska band THE TALKS have lined up a long run of live shows around the UK this summer.

The group formed back in 2006 and by 2012 collaborated with Neville Staple of THE SPECIALS on the track “Can Stand the Rain”.

Upcoming gigs now include:


RANDOM HAND to headline Late Summer Skank

British ska band RANDOM HAND will perform its last ever Bristol show this year at the Late Summer Skank.

The all-dayer takes place on 6 September at The Fleece in Bristol with tickets priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the door.


Full line up revealed for Bristol’s SKANKFEST

The Fleece has now confirmed the full line up for this year’s 12-hour ska session in Bristol – Skankfest.

The big event takes place on 1 March from noon through to 11.30pm and features an album launch show by MAD APPLE CIRCUS.


Do The Dog Skazine Int'l showcase revealed

TWO TONE CLUB from France will headline the Do The Dog Music's International Showcase at this year’s London International Ska Festival.

The show takes place on 4 April from 3pm in Camden Town, venue to be announced shortly.


Tickets on sale for ska festival Thames Cruise

Tickets are now available for the London International Ska Festival Thames Cruise which takes place on board the Dixie Queen paddle steamer.

The event takes place on Good Friday, 3 April 2015, with tickets priced at £32.50 in advance.


First acts revealed for London Intl Ska Fest 2015

Jamaican trombone player VIN GORDON leads the first line-up announcements for the London International Ska Festival 2015.

The festival takes place on 2-5 April 2015 across various venues around the capital.


Tickets on sale for Bearded Theory 2015

Early bird tickets are now on sale for Bearded Theory 2015, featuring 2Tone ska artist NEVILLE STAPLE and his band.

The festival takes place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire on 21-24 May 2015, with early bird tickets priced at just £87.


Line-up revealed for Skahumbug! Winter Ska Fest

The line-up can now be revealed for Skahumbug! Winter Ska Fest at the Hairy Dog in Derby later this year.

The line-up features legendary LA ska fusion band FISHBONE, RUTS DC, ska punk band RANDOM HAND, THE TALKS, ADDICTIVE PHILOSOPHY and GONE & LOST IT.


Top 10 Valentine reggae nights in the UK 2014

With Valentine’s just days away, can now reveal its top 10 lovers rock and reggae-influenced shows taking place around the UK.

In no particular order, some of the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day this Friday are:


Folkestone Ska Splash warm-up shows this week: Brixton and Folkestone

The organisers behind the Folkestone Ska Splash have two more warm-up shows this week in the run up to their main event later this summer.

On 4 April the tour will come to Brixton Jamm in South London with THE DUALERS, DUBTONIK, BY THE RIVERS, DJs BOY ABOUT TOWN and SEAN BRIGHT.



The London International Ska Festival has teamed up with the Specialized charity project and will be donating £10 from every four-day festival ticket sold this month.

Last year THE SPECIALS-inspired charity project raised more than £25,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.