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TIPPA IRIE to headline Lewisham People's Day

Reggae musician TIPPA IRIE will head up Lewisham’s 31st People’s Day this summer.

Lewisham People's Day takes place on 11 July at Mountsfield Park in Catford, South London.

The event is South East London’s biggest free festival, which in previous years has featured performances from THE BEAT, DREADZONE and UNITED VIBRATIONS, among many others.


MARCIA GRIFFITHS confirms new UK tour dates

Jamaican singer MARCIA GRIFFITHS has announced the rescheduled dates for her upcoming UK tour.

The tour also features performances from BOB ANDY, JUDY MOWATT, TANYA STEPHENS and RICHIE SPICE, with tickets priced from £27.50 to £30.


UB40 and STEEL PULSE team up for UK shows

Birmingham reggae giants UB40 and STEEL PULSE have got together for two special shows in London and Birmingham this December. 

The bands will team up for the first time to perform the following gigs:


FAT FREDDY'S DROP announces 2016 UK shows

New Zealand reggae band FAT FREDDY'S DROP will perform two shows in London on 24 and 25 March 2016.

The South London dates are:

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (27 May).


Skabour 2015 line-up revealed

THE SELECTER, THE TOASTERS and THE ORIGINAL ACES [DESMOND DEKKER’s band] are among the ska and reggae talent performing at Skabour this year.


THE TOASTERS line up UK shows

Third wave ska pioneers THE TOASTERS will perform in the UK next month with a show in Sunderland and an appearance at the Willowman Festival in Yorkshire.

The performances include:


More reggae acts revealed for Glastonbury

More than 200 acts can now be revealed for the Silver Hayes dance area of Glastonbury Festival, including reggae acts like THE SKINTS and MUNGO'S HI FI.

Top new additions also include BUNJI GARLIN, JUS NOW, DON LETTS, ROBBO RANX, RONI SIZE REPRAZENT, SHY FX and SKEPTA, among many others.


MYKAL ROSE to play London’s Jazz Café

Jamaican roots singer MYKAL ROSE, formerly of BLACK UHURU, will perform in London this summer at a show in Camden.

The gig takes place on 7 September and tickets are priced at £23 in advance.


MICK JAGGER cites VYBZ KARTEL as favourite rapper

ROLLING STONES frontman MICK JAGGER has named dancehall artist VYBZ KARTEL among his favourite rappers.

Jagger said: “My favourite rappers are Vybz Kartel, I like him, and I guess Jay-Z”



The TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA will perform in London this summer with a live show at the Jazz Café.

The Japanese ska band will play the famous Camden venue on 13 July and tickets are priced at £22.50.

In March this year TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA released its 25 year anniversary 'best of' album called The Last.



The Duke of Cambridge presented former ASWAD frontman BRINSLEY FORDE with an MBE at Windsor Castle today.

Prince William also told the reggae musician he has a secret musical talent - playing the bass guitar.

FORDE said after the event: “I've just got a new bass player - you might know him as the Duke of Cambridge.”


BoomTown offers Sunrise ticket deal

BoomTown Fair is offering a limited amount of Sunrise ticket holders the opportunity to trade in their Sunrise tickets for just an additional £10.

The Sunrise Celebration was cancelled last week after unworkable noise restrictions meant organisers were unable to put on the event.

Sunrise's presence at BoomTown will depend on the amount of people taking up the offer.

Sunrise Celebration ticket holders wanting to swap their tickets should go to Bristol Ticket Shop.

MARCIA GRIFFITHS slams promoter over tour setback

Jamaican singer MARCIA GRIFFITHS has criticised the promoter of her UK tour for a “lack of professionalism” after all shows were canned at the eleventh hour.


THE SLACKERS add London show to tour

New York ska band THE SLACKERS have added a show in London to their summer UK tour.

The Jamaican rock n roll group will play the following gigs:


BUJU BANTON avoids firearms charge

Imprisoned Jamaican musician BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, has done a deal with US prosecutors that eliminates a firearms charge and could free him in less than four years.


MARCIA GRIFFITHS & Friends UK tour postponed

A UK tour featuring MARCIA GRIFFITHS and friends which was due to kick off today has been “postponed”, according to Academy Music Group. 

A new date is expected to be announced in due course.


London Intl Ska Festival launches club night

The London International Ska Festival is launching a new club called 'The London Intl Ska Festival Sunday Service'.

The club night takes place every Sunday from 20 June at a Creole restaurant and basement club called the Bayou Soul in Camden.

A special invite-only launch night is set to take place on 14 June from 4pm upstairs and 7pm downstairs through to midnight, featuring DON LETTS and friends.


CHRONIXX adds more UK shows to tour

Jamaican reggae musician CHRONIXX and THE ZINC FENCE REDEMPTION BAND have added new shows in Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton to an upcoming UK tour.

The 'Capture The Land Tour' includes the following live performances:


Bristol reggae legend passes away

Bristol reggae musician, producer and mentor MIKEY [TAYLOR-HALL] has passed away after a long battle with poor health, reports Reggae Archive Records.

MIKEY was the original keyboard player with BLACK ROOTS and over the years has been responsible for virtually all the music from JASHWHA MOSES. He co-wrote, engineered and produced his new album, The Rising, which is due out on 22 June.


TWINKLE BROTHERS added to Tropical Pressure

Reggae greats the TWINKLE BROTHERS are among the first bands added to Cornwall's Tropical Pressure festival.

The festival takes place on 17-19 July at Porthtowan, Cornwall, and also features performances from KOBO TOWN, PHOENIX CITY ALLSTARS, SHANTY and SUBAJAH, among many others.