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Reggae legend JOHN HOLT passes away

Jamaican singer and songwriter JOHN HOLT has passed away in a London hospital at the age of 67.

Copeland Forbes, HOLT’s manager, confirmed the death to the Jamaica Observer on 19 October.

“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death”.

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Reggae drummer STYLE SCOTT killed

LINCOLN “STYLE” SCOTT, an original member of the ROOTS RADICS BAND, has been killed at his home in Jamaica.

According to the Jamaica Observer, on 9 October the 58-year-old was found dead by police at his home in Williamsfield district in the parish of Manchester.

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WILEY reveals short UK tour in December

British grime/dancehall rapper WILEY has announced a short run of live shows across the UK towards the end of the year.

The ‘Snakes & Ladders Tour’ takes in the following three intimate shows:

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SHANTY to hit Bristol on UK tour

London party-reggae band SHANTY will perform in Bristol tomorrow night as part of the second leg of its tour around the UK.

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DENNIS ALCAPONE lines up Rum 'n' Bass in Brighton

Pioneering Jamaican toaster DENNIS ALCAPONE will perform next month at Brighton's Black History Month annual party: Rum 'n' Bass.

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ISAIAH ‘IKEY’ OWENS passes away

Keyboard player ISAIAH "IKEY" OWENS, part of Jack White's backing band and a member of THE MARS VOLTA dub reggae side project DE FACTO has died on tour.

White has cancelled his remaining concerts in Mexico after OWENS was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla.

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First acts revealed for London Intl Ska Fest 2015

Jamaican trombone player VIN GORDON leads the first line-up announcements for the London International Ska Festival 2015.

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Champions of Lovers Rock 2015 show revealed

The Champions of Lovers Rock show - featuring CARROLL THOMPSON, BARRY BIGGS and JANET KAY - will now take place in Manchester next year.

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GAPPY RANKS to perform in Oxford next month

British dancehall and reggae artist GAPPY RANKS will perform next month at the Art Bar in Oxford.

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LESS THAN JAKE tickets go on sale for UK tour

US ska punk band LESS THAN JAKE has teamed up with YELLOWCARD for a co-headline tour around the UK next year.

The six-piece group from Florida mix memorable melodies, aggro guitars, punchy horns and ska rhythms. 

The UK tour includes the following shows:

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DANDY LIVINGSTONE & THE SELECTER for Skamouth 2015

The organisers of the Skamouth weekend have revealed DANDY LIVINGSTONE and THE SELECTER will perform at their 2015 event.

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THE SELECTER reveals Subculture Tour 2015

2Tone ska band THE SELECTER has announced the details of a big tour in February and March 2015 around the UK.

The 22-date ‘Subculture Tour 2015’ kicks off in Gloucester and winds up at KOKO in Camden, followed by a special gig at Warwick University's Copper Rooms in Coventry.

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MARLON JAMES selects Guardian playlist

Jamaican novelist MARLON JAMES has selected five songs - from WAYNE SMITH, GENERAL ECHO, SUPER CAT, BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS and SHABBA RANKS - to soundtrack his new book.

The special edition of The Guardian’s playlist focuses on his latest book: A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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REBELATION lines up live shows next month

Reggae, ska and rocksteady band REBELATION will perform a number of live shows around England this autumn in support of their new album.

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PAMA INTERNATIONAL returns next month

PAMA INTERNATIONAL will return in November with a new soul album, live shows and line-up.

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More UK shows for LEGEND tribute band

LEGEND, a seven piece band dedicated to the life and music of the late great BOB MARLEY, has lined up several UK shows in the coming months.

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ALI CAMPBELL performs on Later... with Jools Holland

Reggae singer ALI CAMPBELL along with original UB40 members ASTRO and MICKEY VIRTUE have performed on this week’s Later... with Jools Holland TV show.

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ASWAD reveals big show in Bristol

British reggae outfit ASWAD will perform in Bristol next month at the Marble Factory, part of the Motion complex near Temple Meads.

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FINLEY QUAYE lines up 2015 Bristol show

Scottish jazz and reggae musician FINLEY QUAYE has lined up a show in Bristol for April next year.

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