Barbados prepares for this year’s Reggae Festival

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A report by Jewel Chrishlow for Caribbean News Now.

The annual Reggae Festival, organised by FAS Promotions, has been taking place in Barbados for the last 13 years, and on Wednesday managing director Al Gilkes hosted local media to a tour of the various locations where the Reggae Festival will take place.

According to Gilkes, the Reggae Beach Party and the Vintage Reggae Show each attract around 5,000 patrons, while the marquee event, Reggae on the Hill, sees some 10,000 reggae fans in attendance.

The first location was the Pirates Cove, located in the middle of Bridgetown, where Adisa ‘Aja’ Andwele, the event producer spoke about the upcoming show. This year they plan to make this event even better than last year, by not having so much space, thus making it more intimate for the patrons to enjoy a better “Lime”.

Andwele also talked about what to expect at the event, in terms of security being tighter this year. The top reggae artistes performing will be Konshens, Masicka and Demarco. The beach setting will consist of general admission and VIP, and this event will take place on April 23, 2017, starting at 4 pm.

The next site visit was at the Kensington Oval, which is also located in Bridgetown. A concert featuring many popular reggae artistes, such as Glen Washington, Eric Donaldson, Little John, and Marcia Griffiths. The crowd for this event tends to be more of the older generation, as the music is of an older class. Security will also be very tight. This event takes place on the April 28, starting at 9 pm.

Last but not least was the National Farley Hill Park, which is located in St Peter. Andwele took the media group around the park to point out where the stage would be located and the VIP and general admission sections. This will be the biggest show of all the events. Some of the artistes performing will be Popcaan, Capleton, Spragga Benz and Bugle. This takes place on April 30, starting at 11 am.

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