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Reggae Sumfest Opens Its Doors For Its 27th Year

2019 Reggae Sumfest

Reggae is Jamaica’s most internationally recognized music and the heartbeat of the Jamaican people. The music has undergone a series of phases including Roots and Dancehall. It is a primary platform used by artistes to express their thoughts on social and political conditions. The feel-good experience of reggae music blaring from sound system speakers can be heard just about anywhere in Jamaica. Closely linked with the Rastafarian religion, reggae invokes a sense of upliftment and an appreciation of life in all its forms. It is with this in mind that the Sumfest Reggae Festival came about.

Sumfest as it is called locally in Jamaica was started on August 11, 1993. It was started after the long running Reggae Sun Splash pulled its plugs from Montego Bay and moved to Ochi Rios. After the exit of Sunsplash, the business community of Montego Bay came together and formed the now world renowned festival, Reggae Sumfest.

27th Anniversary

Jamaica’s biggest summer reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest will open its doors this July to the 27th anniversary of the festival. The organizers have expanded the event to a 7 night line-up of activities which will include an All White party, Street dance, A Global Sound Clash, Blitz All Black Party, Breakfast Party along with the 2 main concerts over 7 nights,  July 14-20, 2019 in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Over the seven days period more than 40 of reggae and dancehall’s most celebrated performers will take the Reggae Sumfest stage at Catherine Hall and other venues in Montego Bay.

The 2019 staging of Reggae Sumfest will welcome the likes of “B.B. C.” Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, and Chronix.  Reggae artiste, Buju Banton, following his historic performance at the National Stadium on March 16, 2019, is ready to take his extensive catalogue to Montego Bay.

“The greatest reggae show on earth” will also feature The Voice UK winner Dalton Harris who will be performing live for the first time since his historic win.

 Other performers set to grace the stage are Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Protoje, Tarrus Riley, Jah9, Chris Martin, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, Dexta Daps, Spice, Govana, Munga Honorable and Montego Bay’s own Squash.

2019 Reggae Sumfest Lineup

Reserve your Stay

With rates starting as low as $269/night and a stunning white sand beach, farm-to-table dining, exquisite spa and a host of nightly activities, Round Hill is the perfect home base for your Reggae Sumfest experience.

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For more on the festival, line-up and tickets, click here.

To view information on the 2018 Reggae Sumfest, click here.