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SANCHEZ and ETANA line up Birmingham show

Jamaican artists SANCHEZ and ETANA will perform in Birmingham next month in celebration of The Drum's 20th anniversary.


New BUSTER SHUFFLE album and single out this month

London ska band BUSTER SHUFFLE has a new studio album out this month called Naked, from which the first single “South” is out this week.


TRUE IDENTITY lines up Brixton live show

Female vocal harmony trio TRUE IDENTITY will perform in South London later this month at the Hootananny.


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.


ROBBO RANX brands 1Xtra bosses 'out of touch'

Dancehall DJ ROBBO RANX has said the people in charge of running BBC 1Xtra are “out of touch”.

RANX left the radio station this week after presenting the flagship dancehall show since 2002.


MARCIA GRIFFITHS cancels London show

Jamaican “Queen of Reggae” singer MARCIA GRIFFITHS has cancelled an upcoming show at the IndigO2 in London.

According to The O2 website, the gig is now cancelled. 

It put up the following statement: 


DESMOND DEKKER’S ACES reveal Southampton date

DESMOND DEKKER’s ACES band featuring kings of ska DELROY WILLIAMS and WINSTON FRANCIS will perform in Southampton later this year.

The upcoming live dates in the UK now include:



Jamaican percussionist and deejay Uziah “Sticky” Thompson has died from a heart attack at his home in Miami, Florida, at the age of 78.

His son Audley Shakespeare told the Jamaica Observer that he passed away on Monday (25 August).

Thompson was born in Hanover and raised in the Mannings Hill area of Kingston, Jamaica.


RHODA DAKAR announces one-off BODYSNATCHERS gig

Tickets are now on sale for RHODA DAKAR's exclusive, one-off 35th anniversary BODYSNATCHERS show and album launch at the Jazz Café in London.


TOP CAT gets ready for Reggae Rumble in London

UK jungle and reggae artist TOP CAT will head up a big Reggae Rumble show in South London next month.


RHODA DAKAR lines up Camden acoustic show

The London International Ska Festival has arranged a SPECIALS pre-show party in London this November featuring an acoustic set from RHODA DAKAR.


THE SKATALITES add another UK show to tour

Jamaican music pioneers THE SKATALITES have added a new date in Sheffield to their upcoming UK tour in November.

The 50th anniversary shows now include:


Tickets on sale for Reading & Leeds 2015

Early bird tickets at this year's prices [£205 plus booking fee] are now on sale for the Reading and Leeds Festivals 2015.

Baltimore to host BOB MARLEY musical premiere

A new musical about BOB MARLEY will make its world premiere next year in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Center Stage in Baltimore, in collaboration with New York's Public Theater, revealed the ‘Marley’ premiere - a musical about the Jamaican reggae star, written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah - would take place next year.


BUJU BANTON gets new appeal hearing

Reggae artist BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, has been granted a new hearing in his latest appeal.

The Jamaican's lawyer said a US federal appeals court in Atlanta had agreed to hear oral arguments on the case.

The singer is currently serving 10 years in jail after being convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine and drug trafficking offences in 2011. In 2012 an appeals panel upheld the convictions.


Tickets on sale this week for V Festival 2015

A limited number of early bird tickets for V Festival 2015 will be available from Wednesday at this year's prices.

Tickets with camping go on sale on 20 August priced at £189.

Date set for VYBZ KARTEL conspiracy trial

Jamaican dancehall artist VYBZ KARTEL and protege GAZA SLIM will return to court on 27 October to face a conspiracy trial.

The singers, real names Adidja Palmer and Vanessa Saddler, are both charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the police investigation into the death of Clive “Lizard” Williams.


Top acts set to perform at Bristol’s TOKYO DUB

Bristol is getting ready for the next instalment of TOKYO DUB in September, featuring GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB, THE SKINTS and MAD PROFESSOR.


GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB lines up more UK shows

Nine-piece dub, ska and reggae band GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB has lined up more shows around the UK over the coming months.

Upcoming live dates now include:


GROUNDATION adds more UK shows to tour

US roots reggae band GROUNDATION has added dates in Brighton and Norwich to its upcoming November tour.


Live dates in the UK now include: