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London International Ska Festival

by Gig Reporters 2012

Since its conception in the early 1960s in Jamaica, Ska music has spread around the globe, inspiring new generations to create something new out of it. Be it reggae, two-tone or ska-punk, the music has evolved in many ways over the years. Famous British pop artists, such as The Clash, Madness and Amy Winehouse have all been influenced by ska. The London International Ska Festival, now in its third year, brings together 40 acts from around the world. The event has outgrown its Clapham venue and moved to greener pastures, namely Islington Assembly Hall. The line-up includes ska legends Dandy Livingstone, Dave Barker, Neville Staple of The Specials and many more. WinkBall video reporters were at the venue on Sunday, 6th May 2012, to ask members of the audience, why they love Ska, what artists they are excited to see and what the festival represents to them.

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