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First London Intl Ska Fest 2017 headline event revealed

The organisers of the London International Ska Festival have announced the first headline event for the 2017 festival - BABYLON live.

The iconic reggae film will be brought to you by the soundtrack composer DENNIS BOVELL and very special guests at one of London's truly historic venues.

Tickets go on sale on 1 July. Entrance is free to LISF2017 wristband ticket holders


DENNIS BOVELL & CIYO BROWN present Jazz Dubbed

Reggae musician DENNIS BOVELL and jazz guitarist CIYO BROWN will perform two special ‘Jazz Dubbed’ shows this summer in London.

The gigs take place on 15 July and 16 July at the Hideaway with tickets priced £15 in advance.



Jamaican reggae legends JUNIOR REID, BIG YOUTH and HALF PINT are among the latest acts confirmed for this year’s One Love Festival in the UK.


DAWN PENN heads up Southend Splash

Jamaican reggae singer DAWN PENN will headline the Southend Splash event this summer.

PENN will appear on the bill alongside the likes of DENNIS BOVELL, JAH SCREECHY and many more.

The show takes place on 3 September at the Borough Hotel in Southend with tickets priced £14 in advance.


Billboard names JOSS STONE reggae artist of the year

English singer JOSS STONE’s seventh album Water For Your Soul was the best-selling modern reggae record of 2015, according to Billboard magazine.

The record, which incorporates elements of reggae and hip-hop, has sold 29,000 copies and spent eight weeks at the top of Billboard’s weekly reggae albums chart.



English lovers rock singer CARROLL THOMPSON and reggae pioneer DENNIS BOVELL will next month take a live show around the country.

In addition to a Lover's Rock Monologues show alongside JANET KAY and VICTOR ROMERO EVANS, THOMPSON will then join KAY for a special show at the Jazz Café in Camden between Christmas and New Year, and then on to Kingsmeadow Live! for Valentine’s Day 2015.

Upcoming dates featuring THOMPSON and BOVELL include:


DENNIS BOVELL DUB BAND adds show in Manchester

Reggae artist/producer DENNIS BOVELL and his nine-piece dub band will live perform live in Manchester later this year with special guest CARROLL THOMPSON.

The British reggae double-bill takes place on 11 October with tickets priced from £13 (early bird) to £15 in advance.


LONDON INTL SKA FEST kicks off this week

The London International Ska Festival returns to the capital later this week (17-20 April) with 50 acts from around the world across 15 bespoke events at famed and iconic London venues.


Details revealed for Lovers Rock & Rare Groove Weekender

Lovers rock royalty DENNIS BOVELL and SANDRA CROSS will perform live at this year’s Lovers Rock & Rare Groove Weekender in the Midlands.

The big weekend takes place on 25-27 July at the Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill, in the West Midlands with limited early bird tickets available at £175 per person.


Full line-up revealed for LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL

The complete line-up for this year’s London International Ska Festival can now be revealed.

The festival returns to the capital this Easter (17-20 April) with 50 acts from around the world across 15 bespoke events at famed and iconic London venues.


More live acts added to London Intl Ska Fest 2014

The London International Ska Festival has added more live acts to its 2014 event including REBELATION, LAUREL AITKEN's PRESSURE TENANTS and DENNIS BOVELL.


Big One 2 details revealed: THE BEAT & LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA

November this year will see the return of 'Specialized - The Big One 2' featuring headliners THE BEAT and the LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA.

Other top acts over the three days include DENNIS BOVELL, KING HAMMOND and THE HOTKNIVES, among many others.


TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA album artwork & release date revealed

The album artwork and release date for TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA’s upcoming new album can now be revealed.

Guest vocalists on the Japanese ska band’s 17th album include DENNIS BOVELL, YOSHIE NAKANO and HANAREGUMI.

The new record goes on sale from 14 November.

Check out their YouTube trailers for the album:


DENNIS BOVELL to compere Bristol Reggae Explosion Live gig

Reggae musician and producer DENNIS BOVELL will be serving as master of ceremonies at the Bristol Reggae Explosion Live show in Bristol later this month.

The former MATUMBI member went on to become a key figure in the lovers rock and dub genres, but is most widely known for his collaborations with LINTON KWESI JOHNSON



LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, THE DENNIS BOVELL DUB BAND and HOLLIE COOK are among the latest additions to the WOMAD festival in the UK.

LKJ and BOVELL will be getting the festival started on the early bird opening slot on Thursday night (26 July).

The pair have been performing and recording together for more than 20 years, where JOHNSON writes the poems and bass lines, and DENNIS BOVELL produces and arranges the tracks.


JOSHUA MOSES to drop new album in April

Bristol Archive Records, after more than 18 months of painstaking research and the pursuit of numerous leads, is set to release a new album from JOSHUA MOSES.

The 15-track record Joshua To Jashwha – 30 Years In The Wilderness will be released on 9 April 2012 on LP, CD and digital download.

The tracks on this career retrospective were recorded between 1978 and 2003 and are guaranteed to create a buzz among reggae fans worldwide.


The Story of Lover’s Rock: find out where to see the new film

A new feature documentary charting the growth of British reggae music in the 1970s and 1980s will be hitting cinemas across the UK later this week.

Watch the official trailer below and find out where you can catch “The Story of Lover’s Rock”.

The new film comes with the strapline: "The secret world of a generation in the 1970's and the birth of a reggae genre"