Not a gig as such, just a club night that’s spun off from the annual London International Ska Festival that takes place every Easter. This time it’s a 2 Tone Thames cruise sailing along the Thames on board the MV Jewel of London which sails from the Festival Pier on The South Bank in London.
Ska Festival organiser Sean Flowerdew is on DJ duties tonight, playing a selection of classic 2 Tone tunes from The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, The Beat and Bad Manners. Of course it’s not all tunes made during the second wave of Ska, we also get to hear tunes by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Elvis Costello and The Blockheads as well as classics from Jamaican originals like Prince Buster, Derrick Harriott, Desmond Dekker and The Skatalites.
It’s a great way to view the city, with the Ska boat cruising past such London landmarks as Somerset House, The Shard, the Oxo Tower, Tower Bridge and The O2 in Greenwich while a sold out crowd stomps and jumps around to these great songs for the duration of the four hour cruise.
They also do a Trojan Records cruise celebrating the music of that iconic label so if Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae is your thing keep an eye on their web site and Facebook page for upcoming events.