The London International Ska Festival, Clapham Grand Theatre, 21-24 April 2011

This Easter weekend marks the return of The London International Ska Festival – the first since 1988, when Two Tone was still ringing in the nation’s ears.

Now re-launching the event with a new generation of ska-inspired acts, festival organiser Sean Flowerdew is hoping this year will mark the Dawning of a New Era. “We are aiming to make this an annual event and showcase the finest global talent from the Jamaican originators and the rhythm and blues sounds that inspired them, through Two Tone and right up to date with 21st century ska sounds.”

The line-up is eclectic to say the least. Ska bands from everywhere from Jamaica to Japan, via Scotland and Italy, will take to the stage at The Clapham Grand Theatre for a weekend of upbeat summer vibes.

With big names like The Trojans and Dub Pistols performing alongside newcomers like Jimmy The Squirrel, while the likes of The Specials give DJ sets, there’s never been a better excuse not to go home for Easter.

Standard London Evening’s Mona Tabbara will have the verdict on Saturday’s line-up.

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