Sumfest for July 15-21

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Organisers of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's premier reggae music festival - have announced that this year's event is to be staged from July 15-21 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

Robert Russell, director of Summerfest Productions, which organises the event, says this year they will be pulling out all the stops for the festival, as, in addition to the Jamaica 50 celebrations, Reggae Sumfest is celebrating 20 years.

Over the past 20 years, Reggae Sumfest has been graced by an extensive list of both local and foreign acts. The list of locals includes Damian Marley, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado and Vybz Kartel and International Acts have included Destiny's Child, Lionel Richie and Usher.

Amidst the plans for the Jamaica 50 and Sumfest's 20th edition of the festival, the promoters are making an appeal to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) - owners and operators of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex - to make necessary improvements to the venue, which has been home to Reggae Sumfest since its inception.

Two years ago, continuous rainfall and poor drainage, left the venue waterlogged and threatened to disrupt the festival.

 

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