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There is no ban on all chairs – Sumfest director clarifies website statement

 July 11, 2018

Organisers of Reggae Sumfest will be restricting the type of chairs patrons will be allowed to take to the venue for the Friday and Saturday night live shows.

The 26th staging of the world-renowned music festival will be held at Catherine Hall entertainment complex on July 20 and 21.

According to the Sumfest website, “ticket holders may not bring in chairs to the festival, due to safety issues and regulations”.

However, in a telephone interview with THE STAR, Sumfest director and deputy chairman Robert Russell said that the restrictions will be for seats of a certain size.

“We going to allow people to use chairs, but what we won’t allow is the big, sprawling lounge chairs that take up two and three spaces,” Russell said. “(We will allow) chairs that patrons can sit on comfortably, (because) we can’t expect patrons to stand up all night. I would not be going if I had to stand up all night … but there has to be restrictions.”

The website said the new restrictions will affect the last two nights and is established to ensure the safety of patrons, and comes at a time when a record number of reggae music fans is projected to attend.

Sizzla, Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Harry Toddla, Agent Sasco, Shane O, Tosh Alexander, Tommy Lee, Dance Xpressionz, Rygin King, Govana and Stonebwoy (Ghana) are among the acts scheduled to perform on Friday’s dancehall night.

The legendary Beres Hammond, Damian Marley, Capleton, Cham, Fantan Mojah, J Boog, Jah Dore, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Naomi Cowan and Empress Ayeola are among those billed for Saturday night.

– Albert Ferguson

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Grace Previews Its Sumfest Line-Up

Thursday, July 12, 2018

From left: butter almond festivals, sweet and spicy buffalo wings and Scotch bonnet buttered sweet corn (Photos: Karl McLarty

On Sunday, July 8, Grace Kitchens in conjunction with Downsound Entertainment previewed some of the items that the brand will serve in the food hall at Reggae Sumfest between July 15 and 22. Executed by Christian Sweeney, executive chef, Fuzion Food Services, the menu showcased some of Grace’s best items. The Red Stripe bar was stocked with sorrel, lemon paradise, light and original Red Stripe beers; Grace coconut water, Tropical Rhythms, D&G sodas and Catherine’s Peak water.

Guests mingled in the courtyard of Downsound HQ while noshing on an array of fare. On offer was a selection of pasta, meat, fish and side dishes. There were Grace tuna and sweetcorn pasta, Grace jerk chicken pasta and Grace jerk veggie pasta. Sweet and spicy buffalo wings, jerk pan hot dogs and jerk stuffed whole snapper. Rounding out the meal were butter almond festivals and Scotch bonnet buttered sweet corn.

The pasta had an expertly made béchamel — it was creamy, had a mild jerk flavour and the veggies and the chicken were fresh and well-cooked. The hot dogs (marinated in jerk seasoning) were very appetising but would have been a sure knockout were the buns toasted or steamed. The wings were very yummy and Thursday Food broke all the rules of etiquette by licking its fingers; they were that good. The stuffed snapper, roasted whole in aluminium foil, was filled with fresh herbs, earthy callaloo and al dente carrots. However, it would have benefited from being served fresh off the grill as the butter began to congeal in the foil wrapper.

The corn was flavourful and slick with butter. And, just when you thought you’ve had every variation of festival there is, Chef Sweeney turns up with a buttered almond version. Nuanced with nutty flavour and perfectly fried, you’ll want the recipe.

As a parting gift, guests were given an insulated cup and a VIP pass that entitles them to unlimited soup and one full meal from Grace on any Sumfest night of their choosing.

This sneak peek of Grace’s Sumfest food offerings along with ice-cold Red Stripe was a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Young Artistes See Reggae Sumfest As ‘The Beginning’

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 |  Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Shenseea
The Reggae Sumfest small stage has introduced a few of the fiercest names in reggae and dancehall to a wide music-loving audience and has even acted as the platform to ‘buss big’. The list includes reggae entertainers Warrior King, Bushman and Shenseea, who have graduated to the main stage following their appearances on the small stage.

Its reputation for promoting talents is highly revered among the fraternity of emerging artistes despite the early placements and short performance time it offers.

According to emerging artist D’Yani, who is performing on Reggae Sumfest Reggae Night (night two), an opportunity, no matter how small is at the end of the day, a good opportunity.

“The platform is there to explore. As a young artiste, you must use, every minute to deliver a good solid set that will leave a lasting impact,” he told The Gleaner.

The Sad Story singer was recognised by the Reggae Sumfest team while performing on the Fame 95FM Road Party.

“The eight to 10 minutes up-and-coming artistes like myself have will still be a part of the broadcast to an international audience,” he said. “I honestly did not envision being on the stage when I attended in 2016 to see Barrington Levy on the stage.”

Dancehall singjay Kim Nain shared the same sentiment. “It is the beginning for another part of the musical journeys young artistes are taking,” she said.

Meanwhile, Imeru Tafari, 24-year-old son of Queen Ifrica and fast-rising reggae artiste, sees the stage show like any other event where he is given time to perform.

“It could be a Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute or smaller event – to me, it is about showing not only my talent, but most importantly, sharing the message of positivity and righteousness. For all the shows, it is the same,” he said.

Imeru Tafari is cognisant that he will only receive five minutes to perform his set but nonchalantly answered, “It’s not a big problem. Two song can still deliver in that time.” He says his true satisfaction comes from being able to share the lyrics.

“The Reggae Sumfest stage is definitely one that will expose me to bigger platforms being an international show, and I am hoping it brings me across the world,” he added.

“It is my second time performing. The first time, my mother called me on stage to perform with her. There I got the chance to sing Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley’s verse from their collaboration, Trueversation,” he recalled.

Other young reggae performers include Abatau (son of Tony Rebel), Naomi Cowan, and Stushie, and among the emerging dancehall acts Rygin King and Vanzo.

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Join the party!  
Jamaica’s Largest Music Festival
REGGAE SUMFEST
Offers
FREE LIVE STREAMING
ON WORLD CLASH NIGHT, THURSDAY, 7/19,
as well as on both nights of the Main Event.
Global newsflash…by overwhelming popular demand, the 20th Anniversary Celebration and homecoming to
Pier One in Montego Bay, Jamaica, of
Irish & Chin’s World Clash is now going to be LIVESTREAMED.
Reggae Sumfest Logo

Reggae Sumfest returns to Catherine Hall Event Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup featuring the world’s
top reggae and dancehall artists.

Can’t make it this year? 
No problem, Mon….Join the party by viewing the Live Stream of 
World Clash, plus two Main event nights.

  Sign up now for free at reggaesumfest.com to hear and see history on Thursday, July 19th at 10 pm Jamaica/EST.

3 great livestream events now for Reggae Sumfest:

~World Clash Thursday, July 19,
~Dancehall Night Friday, July 20
~Reggae Night Saturday, July 21

Check out Videos of World Clash Performers:

Mighty Crown Video  

Chin Video

~To sign up for the Live Stream…Simply go to WEBSITE 
Live Streaming page and sign up for all three nights.
~The sign up is easy and can be done through the viewers Facebook, Email, or Twitter Account.  The viewer’s device will be remembered, so return access will be automatic. Note: To watch all 3 nights, you need to sign up for each night.
Register today!
Don’t Miss One Moment of Reggae Sumfest
Thursday, July 19 Live Stream
Irish & Chin’s 20th Anniversary of World Clash
Friday night is the ultimate dancehall takeover with both emerging and iconic lyricists including Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco,
Ding Dong, I-Octane, Stonebwoy and more.
Saturday night will feature show-stopping performances from reggae’s biggest names like Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Raging Fyah,
Jesse Royal, J Boog and many more.
The Global Reggae Community is gearing up for 
Reggae Sumfest 2018 by registering for the the free Live Stream events ~ Join Us!

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A New Live Stream has been added for Reggae Sumfest 2018


The World Clash 20th Anniversary Celebration at Pier One on Thursday, July 19

By overwhelming popular demand, a third free Live Stream has been added to Reggae Sumfest…The Irish & Chin World Clash 20th Anniversary Party and Celebration will be live streamed for freeas well. Fans will be able to sign up to watch on the Live Streaming page of website …It all starts 10 PM EST / Jamaica Time Thursday July 19.

Register today for Free at website

 

 

 

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The local party scene is ‘lit’ this summer. To help you plan in advance, Loop News highlights 10 events over the period you should add to you calendar.

2Reggae Sumfest will be held in Montego Bay, St James, from July 15 to 22. Jamaica’s premier reggae festival is a week of parties and performances from some of the top names in reggae and dancehall. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Aidonia, Bounty Killa, Spice, Stonebwoy from Ghana, Capleton, Cham and Maxi Priest are all among the star-studded lineup. The week also includes a conference examining the state of the reggae industry.

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Reggae Sumfest’s Joe Takes On A New ‘Balanced’ Lifestyle

Published:| July 11, 2018 | Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer
Josef Bogdanovich, CEO – Downsound Records, has adopted a more balanced lifestyle to do what he needs to get things done.
Balance seems to be the key to Josef ‘Joe’ Bogdanovich’s youthful energy, as he has adopted a more holistic approach to life. As the principal of Reggae Sumfest and Downsound Entertainment, Bogdanovich has had to reassess his lifestyle, especially as his schedule becomes full this time of year as the staging of the largest festival in the island approaches.

“When you travel the world, you see all sorts of people, and get to observe how some persons enjoy life more than others – it is not a question of money or poverty,” said Bogdanovich.

He added, “It’s a perspective – how you treat one another; more essentially, how you treat yourself. As you get more experienced, you just learn how important health is because with a sound body and a sound mind, you have more fun and more fun is what life is about.”

The business tycoon said that while in college, he was swayed towards eastern philosophy, which is a diverse body of ideas centred on understanding the process of the universe. According to Bogdanovich, although it was hard to understand Confucianism, he grasped that the key lesson was about maintaining a balance.

“And Jamaicans and Rastafarians always talk about balance; and in entertainment, it means a lot of different things,” he said. “For a deejay, balance means let me talk balance, but in terms of holistic health, it means to be able to get the ying and the yang – the left side and right of your brain, the unconscious and subconscious; everything, including emotions, in order.”

CHANGING LIFESTYLE

The Downsound CEO endured losing his partner three years ago, and although he mourned privately, it has had an obvious effect on the way he views life. He expressed that when an individual experiences an accident, or some type of misfortune, then a different perceptive arises.

“It may be cliche, but it is true – when a person is younger they think they are infallible, with so much energy and exceptional amount of hormones (not that I don’t have a tonne of that), but what’s happened is that I can change my body and habits to become more youthful-looking,” he said.

He says this involves his daily routine that always includes at least 45 minutes in the gym – this is after breakfast, and joking around with his seven-year-old son, where he always has a bowl of rice ball cereal and almond milk.

“Exercise is critical. You should do it every day so you can work harder, last longer and clear your mind. This then makes it easier to do the work, but sometimes it is hard because I don’t have the time to exercise and as a result, it takes me a lot longer to get things done and I don’t have as much patience.”

He admitted that the Reggae Sumfest period makes him slightly negligent with his exercise routine. “I am a little sloppy with the stress from just planning the show,” he said.

During the planning and execution stages of the festival, it becomes a lot more challenging, as it poses a change in his sleeping and eating habits. Rather than getting up at four in the morning, Bogdanovich says he is getting to bed at that hour.

“Worse than junk food is eating food late and going to bed right after. That’s how you put on the weight. You are what you eat. You have to find balance.”

It’s easy to get consumed by the humdrum of a packed workday, paying bills, meeting company executives and fulfilling endless responsibilities, so much so that personal health and caring gets forgotten. But Bogdanovich says with his balanced lifestyle, he is finding more happiness to wake another day, even as the festival presents longer days and eventful nights.

 

 

 

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