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ALI CAMPBELL’s UB40 reveals December UK shows

The UB40 line-up featuring ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO and MICKEY VIRTUE has announced three special shows in the UK at the end of the year.

The new dates are:


UB40 show in Cambridge made ‘ears bleed’

A number of UB40 fans complained that a recent gig at the Cambridge Corn Exchange was so loud it made “ears bleed” and “altered heart rhythms”.

The band has apologised to fans who complained about the noise levels and offered free tickets to another show.


Simmer Down Festival headliner revealed: STEEL PULSE

One of UK's fastest growing and most diverse festivals returns to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park with headliners STEEL PULSE.

The festival takes place on 20 July at Handsworth Park in Birmingham.


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.


One Love Festival reveals Battle Of The Dubplates

The UK’s One Love Festival has revealed the full details of its sound clash for this year’s event - the Battle of the Dubplates 2014.


Reggae acts revealed for VegFest Bristol

BLACK ROOTS, ZION TRAIN and RUTS DC are among the musical acts set to perform at this year’s VegFest in Bristol.

The festival features the following reggae acts:


DAVID RODIGAN & REGGAE ROAST added to Festibelly

UK reggae acts DAVID RODIGAN, with his Ram Jam featuring JUS NOW, and REGGAE ROAST are among the first announced acts for Festibelly this summer in the New Forest.


LUCIANO adds more dates to UK tour

Jamaican reggae artists LUCIANO, I WAYNE and TEFLON will perform live next month backed by the RUFF CUTT BAND in Birmingham and Manchester.

The ‘Positive Vibrations’ tour now includes the following live dates:



The DESMOND DEKKER ACES band featuring DELROY WILLIAMS and WINSTON FRANCIS along with special guests DAVE AND ANSELL COLLINS will perform in the UK this summer.


BEAT GOES BANG gets ready for debut show

New ska group BEAT GOES BANG, featuring original THE BEAT members Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham, will perform for the first time at a pub in Birmingham this Friday.


New date set for NINJA MAN murder trial

Jamaican dancehall singer NINJA MAN, real name Desmond Ballentine, will return to court on 10 November to face murder charges.

The legendary artist was in Jamaica’s Home Circuit Court today just days after VYBZ KARTEL was handed a 35-year sentence for murder.


HOLLIE COOK reveals album launch party

Reggae singer HOLLIE COOK will next month launch her second studio album Twice at a party in Hoxton, East London.


REBELATION announces show in Sheffield

UK reggae and ska band REBELATION will perform in Sheffield next month alongside STEEL CITY RHYTHM and DUBCENTRAL.



The first acts can now be revealed for Glastonbury 2014 including THE WAILERS, DEXYS and MS DYNAMITE.

Gaz's Rocket Lounge in Shangri-La will also feature headliners THE DELEGATORS, THE TROJANS and the MELBOURNE SKA OCHESTRA, among others.


VYBZ KARTEL gets 35 years

Adidja Palmer, better known as Jamaican dancehall artist VYBZ KARTEL, and three co-accused including SHAWN STORM, have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Palmer will serve 35 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole. 


THE WAILING SOULS reveal Jazz Café show in London

Legendary reggae group THE WAILING SOULS have announced a show at London’s Jazz Café this summer.

The gig takes place on 20 August and tickets cost £15 in advance.


GRACE JONES to headline Hop Farm

Jamaican-born singer GRACE JONES will headline the UK’s Hop Farm Music Festival this summer.

This will be JONES’ only festival appearance of 2014 in the UK. Over the years she has scored a string of hits including “Pull Up To The Bumper”, “Slave to the Rhythm” and “Living My Life”, among others.


Tickets selling fast for Rocksteady on the River

Tickets are selling fast for the London International Ska Festival’s ‘Rocksteady on the River’ Thames Cruise which takes place next month.


SPUNGE reveals 20th anniversary UK tour

British ska-punk band SPUNGE has announced a run of shows this November to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Last year the group released a ‘best of’ album after asking fans to help choose the tracklisting. The Tewkesbury band then re-recorded all tracks featured on the album, which was funded via PledgeMusic.

The dates are: