The Reggae Sumfest organizers have indicated that despite the challenges facing the event, the annual festival will take place from July 18-24 at Catherine Hall, St. James, Jamaica. This will be the 18th edition of what has been called the “Greatest Reggae Festival on Earth.” The festival begins with a beach party on July 18; the programs for the three day begin on July 22.
Citing increased production and artists’ fees as some of this year’s challenges (not to mention possible reduction in visitors reacting to the recent confrontations in Kingston) Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of the festival, say that it is important to beat the odds and host the festival this year because “Reggae Sumfest is important to Jamaica’s tourism and impacts positively on the economy and despite reduced sponsorship.”
Traditionally, Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that have distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers. This year, they will still include international performers in the line-up because “the mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event.” The line-up includes Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Chino, Chris Brown, Elephant Man, Etana, I-Octane, Kiprich, Konshens, Mavado, Queen Ifrica, Taurrus Riley, Shaggy, Stacious, and Tifa, among others. [Shown here, Shaggy and Etana.]
Reggae Sumfest is an annual event, held since 1993, that provides an avenue for new and established local talent to demonstrate their showmanship to an international audience as well as a wide cross section of the Jamaican society.
For line-up and more information about artists and events, see http://reggaesumfest.com/