Island Records will launch its 50th anniversary 'Island 50 Festival' program by staging a weeklong residency at London's Shepherds Bush Empire under the banner 'Island Life.' Commencing May 25, the event will feature acts from Island's current-day and back catalog.

Confirmed so far is Sly and Robbie and the Compass Point Allstars for May 26; the Fratellis and Bombay Bicycle Club for May 27; Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) and Baaba Maal for May 28; Paul Weller, Ernest Ranglin and Spooky Tooth for May 29; Keane, Tom Tom Club and Ladyhawke for May 30; and Amy Winehouse, Toots and the Maytals and I Blame Coco for May 31.

Fans registered at www.island50.com -- the dedicated Web site launched last week for all 50th anniversary-related projects -- will be invited to an exclusive ticket pre-sale from March 12. General public tickets go on sale March 13.

In May, the anniversary will be marked with the release of "Keep On Running - the Story of Island Records," edited by Chris Salewicz, and an exhibition of Island Records photos, artwork and memorabilia that takes place May 22 to June 17 at London's Vinyl Factory.

U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will heavily promote the Island 50 celebrations at its flagship store on Oxford St in London. Along with staging a mini-exhibition on the history of Island Records, the store will include Island 50-related content on its in-store radio, Channel HMV and interactive Web portal getcloser.com during May.

Island plans to roll out similar events around the world later in the year.

"It was always my intention at Island to make records that stood the test of time, and I'm proud that Island is still a potent force in music 50 years since that first release," said Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, in a statement. "I'm very excited to be collaborating with the label to celebrate Island's 50th birthday and I'm particularly excited about the week of shows in London."