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Reggae crooner, Romain Virgo promises to bring the heat at this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest as this will be the first time he performs with his own band.

This is not the only proof that Virgo has been growing and evolving throughout his career as he recently released his third project, an EP called ‘Lifted’.

The ‘Lifted’ EP is a precursor to Virgo’s album ‘Love Sick’, which is expected be released in August.

He explained that this EP is to show that he is versatile.

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REGGAE singer Luciano is a giving thumbs up to the revamped Reggae Sumfest, which will, for the first time, feature an all-Jamaican line-up. The event, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, from July 17-23.

“It’s a great way to attract tourists and nationals alike. It’s like a new light, a vision. Honestly, nuff props to Mr Joe,” said the singer. ‘Mr Joe’ refers to Downsound Records CEO Josef Bogdanovich, who assumed chairman of Summerfest Promotions — producers of the event in March.

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N a 37-year career, Barrington Levy has headlined many a show. The latest will be Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break.

“God bless my fans, on the night of the show, you will see what happens. I am asking the fans to come with the good vibes, the happy vibes. Walk with your tape and leave your machete, walk with your queen and leave your machine. Keep it clean, seen,” said Levy.

Three years ago, Levy stole the show with an energetic, one-hour set. Next month, he will once again be backed by his California-based band, Detour Posse.

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This year’s 24th staging of Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest will be introducing live 360-degree virtual reality streaming for the public, including fans abroad, to experience the festival on any device over the internet via: http://www.reggaesumfest.com/.

New franchise owner, businessman Joe Bogdanovich, says that this is among the changes this year which fans have been expecting for a longtime.

“We really want to focus on providing a great experience from start to finish for patrons, and this year we decided we want to give local acts the opportunity to entertain, an authentic reggae/dancehall experience fans have wanted for the longest while,” Bogdanovich, says. Reggae Sumfest will be held from July 17 - 23 when thousands of reggae music fans converge in tourist capital Montego Bay.

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Reggae Sumfest is expected to provide a US$6 million shot in the arm to the economy of Montego Bay and its environs when the curtain goes up on July 17.

Created as a vehicle for stimulating tourism during the slow summer months, the event provides a huge fillip for the Montego Bay economy, says Robert Russell, former chairman of Sumfest promoters, Summerfest Productions Ltd.

“Sumfest annually attracts 4,000 visitors to Montego Bay; the JTB (Jamaica Tourist Board) says that they typically spend US$1,500 each. A lot of people depend on the festival to send their children back to school in September. The hotels, rental cars, taxis, craft vendors… everybody looks to Sumfest as it’s a big economic boost for Montego Bay and, by extension, Jamaica,” Russell said.

The festival, which is part sponsored by the JTB, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James from July 17-23.

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This will be the first time that Tarrus Riley will be performing at Reggae Sumfest without his dad being around.

Tarrus’s dad, legendary reggae performer Jimmy Riley, who was also a member of the Sensations and Uniques, took a young Tarrus to the very first Reggae Sumfest back in 1993. It was an experience that would help to shape Tarrus’ life.

Years later when Tarrus performed at the annual reggae festival, Jimmy would always be waiting in the wings, but the elder Riley won’t make the trip this year. He died in March from cancer, but Tarrus knows his dad will be there in spirit.

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It is six weeks to this year’s staging of music festival Reggae Sumfest, set for July 17 through 23, in Montego Bay, St James. And its head honcho Josef Bogdanovich said plans are “well advanced”.

“The line-up is complete, contracts for PR (public relations)are finalised and now being executed. Marketing people are doing their job. The press launch is scheduled for this coming Wednesday at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records in Kingston. Sound, stage and lighting designs are now complete. I think patrons will find it fresh and energised,” he told Splash.

Bogdanovich recently announced that the event will see an ‘all-Jamaican’ roster of acts, which is a sharp departure for the trend of injecting international acts to boost the appeal of the festival.

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Culture and Entertainment Minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has endorsed the new focus taken by organisers of Reggae Sumfest to put on show the best of Jamaica’s roots, rock and reggae artistes under the theme, Our Music, Our Festival.

In a statement delivered at the recent 2016 Reggae Sumfest Sponsors’ Forum, Grange said, “I am elated at the new direction that Sumfest 2016 has taken. It is a welcome change. This new direction of Sumfest promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes on a state-of-the-art, culturally diverse platform may make us upsetters, especially in a fiercely competitive market in which reggae festivals abound.”

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This is the home of reggae. The emphasis on international performance was diluting the reggae aspect of the show somewhat,” said Paul Pennicook, director of tourism, after signing the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) endorsement of Reggae Sumfest yesterday. “We believe very strongly in promoting the music because the music is one of those things that makes us different from everybody else,” he said.

The official endorsement took place at the JTB’s New Kingston offices.

Reggae Sumfest vice-chairman and co-producer Robert Russell welcomed the JTB’s support.

“They have welcomed the change we have initiated this year. They have given us 100 per cent support,” Russell said.

The initiative is geared towards increasing the festival’s international appeal and the event’s new management assures that measures to truly take the brand internationally are currently on the table. The team intends to take Reggae Sumfest on a United States tour. “Last year, we were all ready to go,”, Russell told The Gleaner. However, there was a stipulation from the interested entities that Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley participate in the tour.

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Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has endorsed the new focus for Reggae Sumfest which will this year showcase Jamaica’s roots, rock and reggae artistes.

As a result, there will be no international night featuring foreign artistes.

“This new direction of Sumfest - promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes – on a state of the art, culturally diverse platform – may make us upsetters, especially in a fiercely competitive market in which Reggae festivals abound,” said Grange at the 2016 Reggae Sumfest Sponsors’ Forum.

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