London International Ska Festival
The London International Ska Festival is always a great event with a wide array of bands and DJs. I've seen great performances from ska and reggae legends such as Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Derrick Morgan, Dave and Ansel Collins, Keith and Tex, Rico Rodriguez, The Pioneers, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Dennis Bovell and many more and discovered newer bands such as Razika, all of whom I may never have had the opportunity to see otherwise.
I've been every year since the festival was relaunched and always look forward to the variety of events on offer which, other than the main gigs, include Thames cruises on the Dixie Queen, film screenings and much more. There is something for everyone and a number of events are 'family friendly'.
Many people travel from all over the world for the festival, which is evidence of it's far-reaching appeal, and I've made many friends from different countries over the past few years.