Back-to-back Reggae and Dancehall fetes to preview J55


Vinette K. Pryce (Caribbean Life) reports on the many music events lined up to celebrate Jamaica’s 55 years of independence. She states that “Jamaica could easily claim the title of being reggae central this summer when the island marks 55 years of self-rule.” Events include Reggae Sumfest and Dream Weekend. See excerpts below:

Flagship location for slating enumerable island-wide concerts from now until the official Aug. 6 independence date, a cultural national ministry has endorsed two back-to-back international attractions that recently launched in New York City.

Organizers of Reggae Sumfest and Dream Weekend stopped into Finn Partners to launch the two signature summer outings that lead into national revelry. With two separate and distinct events aimed at attracting media attention, the Jamaica Tourist Board presented the unique and diverse calendar presentations to usher in 55 years of independence.

[. . .] Montego Bay’s annual marathon reggae party promises an all-Jamaican showcase of vintage, current and dancehall artists billed to satiate the appetites of local and visiting tourists from every region. With a reputation based on a quarter century years of presenting popular music — since Reggae Sunsplash moved its trailblazing marathon concerts — during nightly concerts, the second city dusk to dawn showcases are the main attraction.

In contrast, Dream Weekend acclaimed to being “the largest party festival in the Caribbean” boasts a very different approach to its alluring appeal. [. . .] With a record of only eight years previous staging of events in the resort area of Negril, 11 people that comprise the Dream Team testifies to a weekend nationals and foreigners flock to along a seven-mile beach for unrivaled fun and adventure only available in Jamaica.

[. . .] Throughout the years, launches have been held in Barbados, Atlanta, Georgia and St. Lucia.

The five-day festival promises to deliver authentic dancehall – the likes of Popcaan, Alkaline Aidonia, Mavado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Koshens, Spice, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Masicka, Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, Kes, Tony Matterhorn. It accounts for attracting 30,000 patrons.

Some of the activities slated from July 28 – Aug. 1 include: Dream Live, Daydreams, Yush, Xtreme Wet and Wild “Mardi Gras,” World Vibes Soundclash, Twisted Spiritz, Pajama party Igloo, Celebrity Red and White and Dream Jungle Jouvert.

With launches scheduled in Miami and Toronto, all early bird tickets are already sold out with regular tickets selling quickly. [. . .]

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