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Sumfest 2018 Gets Even Hotter with New Additions- Jamaica Gleaner

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May 03, 2018 4 Comments

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Marketing consultant Marcia McDonnough (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

A few changes are coming for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Bogdanovich and his team announced that at least three new events have been added to the roster; the physical capacity of the venue is being increased; parking is being improved; and patrons are being offered more of an experience through an improved food court and the addition of the Sumfest Mall.

“We are looking to increase the capacity this year. Last year we were pretty full and so we want to stay according to the demands of the fire department for safety. So we have ways of increasing the capacity. So I think we are going to have a really big crowd this year. We will reconfigure the food court. There will be improvement in the parking arrangements. We definitely want a lot of cars across the street. The ultra VIP experience was a hit last year, something new a lot of people didn’t know about it and those two sections on stage right and stage left. It is being extended and more people will be able to buy chairs on those two platforms. About 400 people will be able to get chairs on a platform,” said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest’s week of activities commences on Sunday, July 15 with the traditional Beach Party at Tropical Bliss Beach. The following day will see The Sumfest Street Jam at the old Hospital Park followed by the All-White party at Pier 1 on July 17. The events move to the Hard Rock Café for Sumfest Blitz on July 18.

Th first of the new events — Sumfest Inspire Awards — is a by-invitation-only event and will be staged on July 19 at the Iberostar Resort.

Marketing consultant Marcia McDonnough explained that this event will replace the traditional Sumfest press conference.

“Over the years we have staged a press conference, but over the years it has lost its sparkle. So this year we are doing the Sumfest Inspire Awards, a red-carpet-style awards with all the trappings at Iberostar. We are looking to having all kinds of awards related to reggae and music. We will have some press awards like the Golden Pen and Photo Guru as well as persons who have contributed to Reggae Sumfest over the years.”

 In addition to the awards, there will also be the Sumfest World Clash at Pier 1 on that same evening. This event will feature Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Pink Panther and Ricky Trooper.

July 20 will see the other new event, the Reggae Industry Symposium, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. While the details are still being pulled together, McDonnough said it will be of interest to a wide cross section of persons.

“On Friday morning we are going to have another new event which is the Sumfest Symposium. We have a lot of persons who come here and are interested in our music and our dance. So we have partnered with Dance Xpressionz who have a very nice track through the whole reggae experience. Nothing is written in stone, but we will have things that are interesting not only to students but to the general public,” she announced.

Later that evening, the festival’s first night of performances takes to the stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre. Night one — dancehall night — will also feature Sizzla, Popcaan, Aidonia, Spice, Ding Dong, Harry Toddler, Agent Sasco, Tommy Lee, Shane O, Ghanian Afro pop, dancehall and reggae artiste Stonebwoy and other acts.

Night two of the performances is being headlined by Beres Hammond, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Maxi Priest. Other acts to take the stage include Capleton, Cham, Fantan Mojah, American reggae act J Boog, Jesse Royal, and Raging Fyah.

The week concludes with another new event — the Sumfest Morning Medz — a tailgate cooler fete immediately after the performances. This event will be held at Dump-up Beach in the heart of Montego Bay.

— Richard Johnson

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“Reggae Sumfest 2018: A Week-Long Reggae Party in Paradise” – Reggaefestivalguide.com

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Reggae Sumfest 2018: A Week-Long Reggae Party in Paradise


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Reggae Sumfest & Downsound Entertainment have set the bar for Reggae events sky-high with the Week-Long Sumfest Event Schedule for 2018! 

Reggae fans from around the world are already scooping up their tickets to the hottest week in Reggae & Dancehall and will arrive in Montego Bay by July 15th to experience the festival of a lifetime.

Pre-Events Include:

The Colorfest Beach Party on July 15 at Tropical Bliss Beach

The Free Street Dance and Party on July 16 on the Hip Strip

The All White Party at Pier One on July 17

The Blitz Party at The Hard Rock Cafe with inclusive food and drinks on July 18

The 20th Anniversary of Irish & Chin’s World Clash on July 19 at the Pier One Event Centre

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The Main Festival Nights on July 20 & 21 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Center features the greatest stars of Reggae and Dancehall ~ all night long!

The Festival Week winds up with a 7am Tailgate Party at Dump Up Beach, called Morning Meds.

 Advance Tickets Now On Sale for All Reggae Sumfest Events…And don’t forget to print out your free tickets to the big Street Dance on the Hip Strip Monday July 16…. Don’t miss out….The Ultra VIP with Seat Tickets are going fast…As well as VIP Tickets…and GA….Reggae Sumfest 2018 looks like it is heading to a sellout. 

The festival will again be live-streamed in high-definition video.

Reggae Sumfest has become the most watched Reggae & Dancehall festival in the world….Don’t miss it!

 

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” A Safe Sumfest” – Jamaica Observer

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A safe Sumfest

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter
johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

May 03, 2018 5 Comments

A section of the crowd attendig a previous staging of Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James.

THE state of public emergency currently in place in St James will have no adverse effect on this year’s staging of the annual music festival Reggae Sumfest, according to organisers.

The event is slated for July 15 to 22.

Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment and chairman of Summerfest Productions, promoters of the festival, said the operation, which is in place to reduce the rising levels of criminal activity in that western city, will result in tighter productions at all the events to meet the agreed timelines.

“We’re starting early this year. The show on Friday night begins at eight o’clock and ends at six. We have some restrictions this year in terms of how late we can be out and I think that all these restrictions are rather positive for us because not only are we more safe than ever before, but we will be able to get to bed before the rooster crows,” Bogdanovich told the media at a rap session held at his DownSound Entertainment corporate office in New Kingston yesterday.

“There’s no question that there is more safety in the country now and the fact the people who live there welcome this extension. Everybody is feeling a sense of normalcy in terms of being more comfortable and safe. The pre-events will end by 2 o’clock, all of them. We have very good safety there. We have never had a problem in the Sumfest area and that won’t change,” he continued.

The state of public emergency was implemented on January 18 of this year for 14 days. It was extended by Parliament as required by the constitution. A further extension to August 2 was approved by the Senate yesterday.

At the session, Bogdanovich skirted around announcing a definitive price tag to stage the event but noted that this year’s show should make money based on the level of sponsorship from local and international partners.

 “It’s a very expensive festival. We’ve expanded to eight days from seven; there are now 10 events. It costs money to project the image of what real reggae and dancehall music is all about and I think the production that we do compared to what you see in other countries is second to none. The box office certainly does not pay for the expenditure that we do. We are actually spending more money this year in terms of the production and the line-up than ever before. We have more meaningful sponsors than ever before. To do the kind of production that we do to make the world understand how dynamic reggae and dancehall music is, it takes a lot of production and we need international sponsors to support us and we’re on the road to doing this. I believe this year we’ll make money,” he said.

First held in 1993, Reggae Sumfest has featured dancehall’s elite such as Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Lady Saw and Capleton. International acts, including TI, Common, Usher, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige, and Alicia Keys have also performed on it.

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Physical Tickets Now Available at Local Jamaican Outlets- Reggae Festival Guide

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July 15-22, 2018 
REGGAE SUMFEST
The World’s Premier Reggae Festival in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica

Hard Tickets Now On Sale 
At Local Jamaican Outlets and Online at 
Reggae Sumfest Website

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Tickets to Jamaica’s premier music festival,
Reggae Sumfest, are available for all events at all the usual local Jamaican outlets including:
Fontana Drugs in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, & Mandeville, and at Rapid True Value Hardware Stores in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios & Portmore, also Richie B’s Liquor Centre, Mary Brown’s Texaco in Kingston, 
Ironshore Total, Pier 1, El Paso Records in
Montego Bay….and of course online at reggaesumfest.com
Start making your travel plans now for the
hottest week of Reggae events on the planet!
Reggae Sumfest brings you
Pre-Events and the 2-Day Main Event
with the top names in Reggae & Dancehall,
all taking place in postcard-perfect
Montego Bay, Jamaica.
2018 Reggae Sumfest is exploding on the global marketplace. The Pre-Events have been expanded and upgraded, making the week-long celebration in Montego Bay a prime destination for Caribbean travel and entertainment.
Major global sponsors, Jet Blue and Mastercard,
are now also onboard for 2018.
The event lineup for 2018 includes: 
The Colorfest Beach Party on July 15 atTropical Bliss Beach
The Free Street Dance and Party on July 16 on the Hip Strip
The All White Party at Pier One on July 17
The Blitz Party at The Hard Rock Cafe with inclusive food and drinks on July 18
The 20th Anniversary of Irish & Chin’s World Clash on July 19 at the Pier One Event Centre
 The Main Festival Nights on July 20 & 21 at
Catherine Hall Entertainment Center features the greatest stars of Reggae and Dancehall ~ all night long!
The Festival Week winds up with a 7am Tailgate Party at
Dump Up Beach, called Morning Meds.
The festival will again be live-streamed
in high-definition video.
Reggae Sumfest has become the most watched
Reggae & Dancehall festival in the world….Don’t miss it!

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Sumfest 2018 Introduces Sponsors, Artistes To New York

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Sumfest 2018 Introduces Sponsors, Artistes To New York

 | April 20, 2018 | 

From left: Ricardo Bryan, senior vice-president, sales and distribution at GraceKennedy Foods (USA); Karen Durgana, public relations representative for Workforce Development City of NYC; Robert Russell, deputy chairman of Reggae Sumfest; Trudy Deans, consul general of Jamaica to New York; Josef Bogdanovich, founder and CEO of DownSound Records; and Christopher Dobson, business development officer, Jamaica Tourist Board.
On Tuesday night, the Big Apple got a chance to meet the sponsors and artistes of this year’s Reggae Sumfest at the New York launch of the concert, held at DL in lower Manhattan.In his remarks, founder and CEO of Downsound Records Josef Bogdanovich spoke about Jamaica’s excellent track record in not just sports, but music, including reggae and dancehall.”Reggae Sumfest is arguably the biggest reggae festival in the world – in terms of an audience base of over 65 million digital impressions, and close to a million visits to our YouTube channel [during] the weekend of the festival watching the stream, with another 100,000 videos from the festival currently being viewed. And it’s generating hundreds of millions of added views to this festival today. This is a sign of where we must all go,” he said. He emphasised the importance of promoting unity through music, adding that it’s time to drive some sense into not only our families, but send a signal to the world that Jamaica is beating the drum hard for world peace and togetherness.”The madness must stop! We at home must understand the power of our music, and to support the festival and others that support this message. To do this, we must understand the economics of survival.

“We at home should acknowledge that there is greater understanding or, should I say, ‘over standing’, that unity is one of the keys to survival. Stop the violence. Get educated. Get yourself together.” He invited everyone to experience the World Clash on July at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, which returns after a five-year hiatus. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Irish and Chin’s World Clash. Reggae Sumfest 2018 will run from July 15-22. Some of the most recognised names in Jamaican music have been confirmed, including Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Beres Hammond, Spice, and Popcaan.

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