The London International Ska Festival

Ska is a sub-genre of reggae music that was introduced to the mainstream market in the 1950s. The popularity of this genre of  music has now reached the shores of the United Kingdom, where fans get together every year for the London International Ska Festival. The event brings together audiences looking to experience the best of Ska music and culture by giving them a weekend where they can listen to the greatest Ska artists on planet. The event has been a part of London for the past few years and is a testament to the diversity of arts and people living in the British Capital. The festival moves around every year to a new location within the city. In 2012, Islington is the lucky area that will host the event which will attract 37 acts from 11 countries.

Visit London International Ska Festival


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    Even though Ska has been around for over 50 years, the modern version of the music is different from what it used to be. The London International Ska Festival is a celebration of this musical journey. The event is organized by Sean Flowerdew who assisted in launching the first event in 1988. However, the Ska festival shutdown and was relaunched three years ago. The event has grown every year since its start and is one of the largest Ska festivals in the world.

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    The event will be showcasing ska music from all the different versions that have existed over the years. The talent taking part will play the original Jamaican ska, 2 tone and then modern ska. There will be stalls serving food and beverages for the fans.

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    Important Dates

    Summer - May

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    The London International Ska Festival is a four day event.

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    How to Contact

    The best way to contact the festival organizers is to use their email address:

    General Enquiries:

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    O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, London N1 0PS, United Kingdom.

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    In order to purchase the tickets, you can use the online forms available here.

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    How to get there

    By Tube

    The nearest tube station is the Angel underground stop. Visitors to the famous tube station can depart the tracks and head west on City Road. From there, they will need to make a right onto Islington High Street and a left onto Liverpool Road. The O2 Academy will on the right. View Map.

    By Bus

    Using the bus is just as easy as the tube. The nearest station is Chapel Market (Stop V)‎. Bus numbers 153 and 274 can be used to get there. From the stop, travelers need to head east on Tolpuddle Street. Turn right onto Liverpool Road and the venue is on left.

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