Did anyone go to the 2011 London International Ska Festival? I didn’t go but the 2011 line-up had me dreaming of hot steamy ska filled nights and days .. yum!!! I would so like to go to next year’s festival. The fact that they are having it again in 2012 means things must have worked out pretty successfully for the festival’s management/promotions etc, usually when these ‘big’ festivals lose out on money they disappear into the abyss of life (whatever that means). Anyhow, heres what the http://www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/ website said, straight from the horse’s mouth!!
“We are delighted to announce after the huge success of The London Intl Ska Festival’s return this year we will be making it an annual event. 2012′s festival will be held on 3-6 May’12, with 30 bands & DJs from all over the world! We are offering the first 100 x 4 day tickets at an earlybird/discounted price of £99.99 – saving you £40! And no booking fee! Grab these fast if you can as they went very quickly for the last festival.
“We are also delighted to announce that next years fest will be held across 3 venues (one wristband gets you into all of them)… The Brixton Academy, The Sheperds Bush Empire and The Islington Academy. All 3 venues welcome 14 years of age and up (under 16′s must be accompanied by an adult).
“The line up details will start to follow shortly. If you enjoyed 2011′s festival, 2012 is going to raise the standard even higher! We are currently programming a truly exceptional lineup… so expect some more world exclusives and another world-beating 4 day celebration of SKA in all it’s beautiful guises. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. Please note we are not taking any applications from bands or DJs for 2012. We already have enough to fill the next 3 years!
“Earlybird tickets can be bought here http://www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/tickets/
Festival merchandise can be bought here http://www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/shop/ including preordering the 2011′s film, book and album. Every sale helps towards next years festival. Please invite your facebook friends to the event page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175967799125277
So who’s keen to go to the 2012 festival?
Heres who hit the stage in 2011 …
Ken Boothe, Dave & Ansel Collins, Marcia Griffiths, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra ft. Owen Grey, The English Beat, James Hunter, Dub Pistols, The Trojans ft. Rico Rodriguez, The Loafers, Hotknives, Bim Skala Bim, Giuliano Palma & The bluebeaters, Maroon Town, Intensified, Napoleon Solo, The Caroloregians, Skaos, The Amphetameanies, Les Ejectes, The Sidewalk Doctors, Cartoon Violence and Jimmy The Squirrel.
Plus DJS: Clive Chin (Randys), Lynval Golding (The Specials)*, Mark Lamarr, Gaz Mayall, Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Special AKA), Wrongtom, The Tighten Up Crew, Dub Vendor All-stars, Tommy Rock A Shaka, Okawa Takeshi (The Ska Flames), Greedy G and Felix Hall