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Yes, we kid you not. At tonight’s Cat Stevens/Yusuf Island Life show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the surprise support act turned out to be none other than Island legends U2, who played an amazing three song acoustic set (One, One Love, Vertigo) joined by Baaba Maal.
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Picture courtesy of urbanimage.tv/Adrian Boot – click here to see more.
Here’s some more pictures from last night’s Island Life show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. They come courtesy of UrbanImage.tv/Adrian Boot. Click here to see even more of them.
Last night saw the first show of the Island Life series, with a belting reggae extravaganza featuring the likes of Sly and Robbie, Grace Jones and Tinchy Stryder.
Following the cancellation of the Amy Winehouse / Toot And The Maytals show, we’re very pleased to announce that Toots And The Maytals will now round off the week of Island 50 gigs with a very special club show on Sunday 31st May at the lovely Bush Hall (a short stroll away from Shepherd’s Bush Empire). Support will come from I Blame Coco.
Tickets are available now, costing just £10, by clicking here.
Amy Winehouse’s management has regretfully announced that Amy and her band will no longer be performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 31st as part of Island’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Amy would like to apologise to her fans who bought tickets for the shows. The show which was also to feature Toots & The Maytals and I Blame Coco has therefore been cancelled. Refunds for tickets will be issued at point of purchase.
The Island Life Exhibition at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, London opened its door to the public this morning (Friday 22nd May). It will now be open from 11am-8pm Monday to Saturday, apart from this coming bank holiday Monday (25th May) when it will be open 12noon-6pm and 5th June, when the hours will be 11am-5pm. Click here for more info on the exhibition.
On Wednesday night, a launch party was held at the exhibition, with many of the artists featured coming along to check it out. Click here to see some great pictures from the night.
On Friday (22nd May) the Island Life exhibition will open its door to the public at the Vinyl Factory, Phonica Records, Poland Street, London. Entry is free – just turn up.
It will be one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind, with over 800 images and artifacts associated with or generated by Island Records since its first record release in 1959. The exhibition will remain open until 17th June.
Click here to visit the new Exhibition area of this website for more info.
To celebrate Island Record’s 50th anniversary Urban Image are offering an exclusive selection of signed, limited edition prints. To check out the full range click here.
The shot on the right (click to see it bigger) is from the Jamaica Lifestyle category and shows the Swing a Ling record van.
We also rather like this one of Grace Jones on a New York roof in 1977 (from the “Alternative” section).
We’re pleased to announce that a few extra tickets have been released for the upcoming Island Life shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Click on the links below if you’d like to buy some:
Sly & Robbie, Tuesday May 26th – Click here for tickets
Paul Weller, Friday May 29th – Click here for tickets
Keane, Saturday May 30th – Click here for tickets
P.S. If you ordered your tickets from our official store, run by Sandbag, tickets have been dispatched this week. If they are not already with you, they will be this weekend or early next week.
Last week, the Independent newspaper ran a terrific piece celebrating Island’s 50th anniversary. Click here to check it out.
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