Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Jive into the UK This July

It looks like it’ll be party time in London from now (the Queen’s jubilee) right through to the end of summer – and adding to the electric buzz, charging through London over the following weeks, is Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra!

The ska / jazz ensemble will return to the UK for two shows as part of the 2012 tour for their brand new album Walkin’. They’ll be performing a festival date at WOMAD Charlton Park between 27-29 July. The festival, standing for World of Music, Arts and Dance also features another group from Japan; Marewrew, who will be performing with Oki Dub Ainu Band and replicating songs of the ancient Ainu people of Japan.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra will also be playing the Highbury Garage in London on 28 July. Tickets are on sale now for £18.50 from Ticketweb and HMV Tickets. (UPDATE: This show is now cancelled)

The group have established themselves as one of the premier live acts from Japan, playing extensively at home and abroad. They’ve also collaborated with several big names through their career, including Shiina Ringo, Puffy AmiYumi and Kyoko Koizumi.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

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About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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