London International Ska Festival

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The London International Ska Festival arrives at venues across the capital.

The great and the good of the ska scene descend on London for the Easter weekend as around 50 different acts treat audiences to shows and events at iconic venues, including the Jazz Café in Camden, The Dixie Queen on the Thames and the Victoria and Albert Museum's gardens.

Among the highlights is a live set by Jamaican legend Ken Parker, who launched his glittering career at the legendary Studio One and went on to record for Duke Reid, Byron Lee and Joe Gibbs. Other confirmed acts include Derrick Morgan, Pama International and Mr. T Bone.

There is also a formidable DJ presence: Festus Coxsonne, who has been central to the scene for over 40 years, joins the action along with Chris Tofu, who has been championing ska and organising festivals for more than three decades.

With a wide-ranging line-up of major players from the genre, this is the most elaborate ska celebration yet seen in the capital.


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