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New LEE PERRY single only available by bartering

Producer Richard Russell’s new single, which features vocals from LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY, is only available to purchase by bartering.

The 12-inch single “I Am Paint” will be limited to 250 copies. Artwork for the release was hand-painted by LEE PERRY and Russell in Switzerland.


New PENTATEUCH EP out this week

Jamaican roots rock reggae band PENTATEUCH will this week put out a new EP called Chapter V.

The Kingston-based group will release the new acoustic record on 28 April via VPAL Music.

Earlier this year the PENTATEUCH band put out its first single “Black Face”.


SHAGGY performs on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show

Jamaican American reggae artist SHAGGY has performed in a 'Shaggy Off' on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.

Watch the singer go head-to-head in comedy rap battle with show announcer Steve Higgins:

In 2013 SHAGGY put out an album called Out of Many One Music: Sly & Robbie Present Shaggy.


Top acts added to London Intl Ska Festival 2016

THE DEFEKTERS, THE SIMMERTONES and TREE HOUSE FIRE are among the latest additions to the London International Ska Festival 2016.

The new acts come hot on the heels of announcing MR. T-BONE, AXIS SOUND SYSTEM and Phil Bush's SOUNDS & PRESSURE LO-FI.


STONE LOVE lines up UK sessions

Jamaican sound system STONE LOVE will be in the UK next month for live sessions in Oxford and the West Midland.

Dates so far include:

  • 22 May - Banqueting Suite, Walsall
  • 23 May - O2 Academy, Oxford


CARTOON VIOLENCE reveals summer shows

Mid Wales ska act CARTOON VIOLENCE has announced a couple of live shows over the summer.

In addition to an appearance at the ChinaTown district of BoomTown Fair, the 2Tone ska band will be playing a gig in Tywyn, Wales.

Upcoming UK shows include:



LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY and MAD PROFESSOR will perform live in Croydon this summer at the Ambition Festival.

STAND! and the Croydon Dub Club join the party and play host to the legendary producer, songwriter, performer and dub innovator.

The Jamaican musician will perform with a full band and is set to be 'live dub engineered' by long-time collaborator MAD PROFESSOR.


Ska acts added to Larmer Tree Festival

Top ska bands THE BEAT, BY THE RIVERS and CHAINSKA BRASSIKA are among the latest additions to the Larmer Tree Festival this summer.

The new acts join previously announced headliner and Jamaican music legend JIMMY CLIFF.

The festival takes place on 15-19 July at Larmer Tree Gardens in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Tickets cost £240 for five days.


Interview: Brian Travers of UB40 caught up with founding member of UB40 Brian Travers to find out about his take on the current reggae scene, songwriting, recording and how he deals with two versions of UB40 being out on the road in 2015.

Following a long journey back to the UK from a gig in Italy the saxophonist was upbeat and excited about heading back out on the road in May and June around the UK.


London Intl Ska Fest 2016 tickets on sale now

Early bird tickets are now available for the London International Ska Festival 2016.

The festival runs from 24-27 March 2016 and will feature more than 50 acts, more than 20 events including the Dixie Queen Thames cruise, valve soundclash and more, at famed and iconic London venues.


JIMMY CLIFF added to Wickerman Festival

Jamaican music legend JIMMY CLIFF is among the latest acts revealed to play at this year’s Wickerman Festival in Scotland.

The two-day festival takes place in Dumfries and Galloway in the Borders on 24-25 July.

JIMMY CLIFF live dates in the UK now include:


Glastonbury line-up revealed: CHRONIXX

Reggae sensation CHRONIXX is among the latest line-up additions for Glastonbury Festival this summer.

The festival takes place on 24-28 June at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Tickets for coach packages go on resale at 6pm on 16 April, while general admission resale tickets go on sale at 9am on 19 April.


Bristol to host sound system exhibition

The Colston Hall in Bristol will host an exhibition and sound installation opening this summer to celebrate reggae sound systems.

The exhibition takes place at the venue’s Glass Room from 8 June to 17 July and will document Bristol's rich reggae history.

Date set for Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One

Reggae Archive Records is shining the spotlight on some of Birmingham’s reggae acts with the release of The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One later this summer.

The album will be released on 29 June, available on high quality double vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, on CD and as a digital download.

The new record is the first in a series of compilations that hope to showcase some of the unreleased, forgotten and barely known musical gems from what was such a vibrant scene.


JB CONSPIRACY to headline May Day Skank Holiday

London ska punk band THE JB CONSPIRACY will headline the next Skankfest all-dayer in Bristol – the May Day Skank Holiday – alongside CHRIS MURRAY, GECKO, CAPTAIN ACCIDENT & THE DISASTERS and FAINTEST IDEA.


The Voice newspaper interviews CHRONIXX

Jamaican musician CHRONIXX is the subject of a new interview with The Voice newspaper.

In the feature CHRONIXX discusses rejecting industry labels, dealing with fame and success, and his UK fan base.


Glastonbury ticket resale dates confirmed

Following the closure of the seven-day ticket balance payment window for those who paid a deposit for Glastonbury tickets in October, the festival organisers have announced that a limited number of tickets which have been cancelled or refunded will go into its ticket resale.

They will be giving the first opportunity to book tickets to those who choose to travel to the festival by coach. 

JUNIOR MARVIN reveals London show

Jamaican guitarist JUNIOR MARVIN has announced a special show in London this summer where he will perform the hits of BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS.

The gig takes place on 12 August at the Jazz Café in Camden Town.

Tickets priced at £22 go on sale from tomorrow (10 April) at 9am.

In 2007 JUNIOR MARVIN put out an album called Wailin For Love.


INNER CIRCLE lines up Jazz Café show

Jamaican reggae band INNER CIRCLE will perform live at the Jazz Café in London this summer.

The show, which includes support from OPEN THE GATE, takes place on 15 July and tickets are expected to be priced at £20 in advance.