First performance ever in Jamaica
Jamaica's original Reggae Festival is back– Reggae Sunsplash Jamaica returns in August, revamped and bigger than ever! The four-day festival will feature many artists and different forms of reggae music. The unique dual stages at the Richmond Estate near beautiful Ocho Rios in Jamaica's parish of St. Ann, will see the likes of Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths and Gregory Isaacs, as well as Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, and “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man, among others.
Reggae Sunsplash Jamaica takes pride in the bragging rights of having the original Reggae festival focused only on Reggae music with something to offer everyone. This year island natives and visitors alike will be poised to see Britain's most famous Reggae export and industry veterans UB40 take the stage.
"We are honoured this year to be bringing UB40 for the first time to Jamaica," says festival director of operations and production Charles Campbell, adding that UB40 will headline the Saturday International night at the festival.
Since their debut in 1980, and the release of their 1983 hit "Red Red Wine", which launched their career as an international super group, UB40 have released many more albums and toured the world many times over. It is only fitting that UB40's first-ever Jamaican performance will accompany the legacy and prestige of Reggae Sunsplash Jamaica.
Joining UB40 as part of Reggae Sunsplash Jamaica's international line-up will be Alpha Blondy, also appearing in Jamaica for the first time.
"[Alpha Blondy] really spans not just reggae but African beat and he has a tremendous following in Europe, in North America and reggae fans here [in Jamaica] know him for [the world-wide hit] Jerusalem which was done with The Wailers," states Campbell.
Reggae Sunsplash Jamaica will take place over the Jamaica Independence day weekend, August 3-6. Tickets are on sale now online at www.reggaesunsplashja.com or by phone at 1-888-SUNSPLA-SH.