Jamaica says it is moving to host the Woodstock Festival, one of the world’s biggest music festivals.
Junior Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Damion Crawford, says he has already held discussions with promoters of the Festival, and if things go according to plan, the event could be staged in Jamaica soon. “I called the (representatives) at Woodstock and ask them to consider having a reggae Woodstock in Jamaica. A member is coming down shortly to have a meeting,” he said.
Crawford said if the discussions are positive, he will be pushing to get private sector support, instead of having the government being engaged in the planning, promotion and staging of the festival. “Government is not a promoter and entertainment needs people who are willing to take the risk,” he said.
The Woodstock Festival, or simply Woodstock, is a music festival, billed as ‘An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music’. It is held at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the Catskills, New York, from August 15 to 18 annually. The Festival is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history with groups such as The Rolling Stone among those to have performed at the event.
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