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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:


2Tone triple bill for London Intl Ska Fest

HORACE PANTER's UPTOWN SKA COLLECTIVE, RHODA DAKAR singing THE BODYSNATCHERS and BEAT GOES BANG featuring EVERETT MORTON make up an amazing triple bill of 2Tone stars this April.

The special show is part of the London International Ska Festival and also features a guest appearance by trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ.


RICO RODRIGUEZ gets ready for London show

Jamaican ska and reggae trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ and THE RICO ALL STARS will perform in London next week at The Forge, Camden Town.

The “party style jam session” takes place on 6 September and fans can expect “big surprises, from the world of show business and music”, according to The Forge website


Support announced for RICO RODRIGUEZ London Intl Ska Fest show

The support band and DJ can now be revealed for day one of the London International Ska Festival 2013 featuring headliner RICO RODRIGUEZ.

London rocksteady practitioners THE SIDEWALK DOCTORS and DJ DAVID KATZ will be stepping up to the plate to support the legendary Jamaican trombonist at the Jazz Café in London.


New additions to London Intl Ska Fest: FREDDIE NOTES, LYNVAL GOLDING, RHODA DAKAR & more

More artists have been revealed for the 2013 London International Ska Festival including FREDDIE NOTES, LYNVAL GOLDING and RHODA DAKAR.

The event is heating up to be one of the most exciting festivals of 2013, and features new additions to the line-up such as MAROON TOWN, BUSTER SHUFFLE, CELLOS COAST TO COAST and SKYLARKIN SOUND SYSTEM.


Initial bands confirmed for London International Ska Festival 2013

The London International Ska Festival has announced the first acts for the 2013 show, which will be the 25th anniversary of the festival.

The line-up so far includes:


London International Ska Festival closing speeches + DANDY LIVINGSTONE sound check

The closing speeches from the London International Ska Festival 2012 have been caught on video and provide further explanation as to DANDY LIVINGSTONE’s no-show on Friday night


DANDY LIVINGSTONE hit with food poisoning: pulls out of 40yr comeback show

Jamaican reggae legend DANDY LIVINGSTONE was struck down with food poisoning last night forcing him to pull out of his 40-year comeback show at the London International Ska Festival.

The "Rudy A Message To You" singer was taken ill, however his no-show was announced just 25 minutes before the 10pm curfew at the Islington Academy.

According to the DJ that had to make the onstage announcement,  an "official announcement" will be made today.


London gets ready for International Ska Festival 2012: DANDY LIVINGSTONE comeback show!

The London International Ska Festival returns to the capital this weekend and features 40 top ska acts from around the world.

Among the many highlights of the bank holiday weekend (3-6 May), DANDY LIVINGSTONE is set to play his world exclusive comeback show after 40 years on 4 May at the O2 Academy Islington.


RICO RODRIGUEZ: the latest Jamaican ska legend to join London ska fest

The London International Ska Festival 2012 is hotting up with the addition of Jamaican ska legend ‎RICO RODRIGUEZ.

This news follows the addition of reggae artist DAVE BARKER, the voice of DAVE & ANSELL COLLINS, backed by the PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS.