Things are getting hot again in Montego Bay: From July 14 to 20, 2019, the well-known holiday resort on the Caribbean island of Jamaica will be host to the largest reggae festival in the world for the 27th time – the “Reggae Sumfest”. More than 50,000 visitors are expected.
The highlights of the event week are the two festival nights on 19 and 20 July. These evenings feature some of the island’s biggest stars – from contemporary roots reggae such as Protoje or Chronixx to dancehall greats like Govana to music legends like Beres Hammond.
Reggae is far from the only one, but the most famous style of music in Jamaica. He developed in the late 1960s from his predecessors Mento, Ska and Rocksteady. Through musicians like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and of course Bob Marley, the reggae became world famous and also influenced international pop culture.
Because of its key role in Jamaican society and its spiritual importance to the Rastafarian community, the Reggae 2018 was included by UNESCO in the list of intangible cultural heritage.
Many young Jamaicans today prefer the harder and electronic “riddims” of the dancehall. Nevertheless, reggae is and remains an integral part of Jamaican identity. The “Reggae Sumfest” is just one of many opportunities on the island to meet this unique style of music.
GLOBAL SOUNDCLASH @ REGGAE SUMFEST 2019
06/08/2019 by Press Release
Dancehall artiste LA Lewis believes that his Sumfest debut is imminent and could happen as early as next year.
“Me and Joe (Bogdanovich) always have a good relationship and he’s always boosting me to go in the music business. Every year, Trillionaire Records and LA Lewis play our part in promoting Sumfest, but next year certainly, I’ll be booked for it,” he said. “This year we’re supporting Sumfest behind the scenes and on the ground but next year, we a run the stage. It’s going to be a star time when the ‘seven star general’ touch Sumfest stage. You know I’m incontestable so there’s nothing to contest wid me.”
The entertainer revealed that despite making strides in the music industry in recent times, he believes the timing wasn’t right for him to introduce himself to the Sumfest audience and so even if he was offered a spot, he would have declined.
He added that having laid a solid foundation over the past five years, he is now ready to put his 100 per cent behind solidifying his music career.
“Over the years, LA Lewis was always in the marketing side of the industry and the promotion side. I’m the guru, the god of social media, the street god. Me did a make me name in the streets and build mi ting a certain way before me come out there wid di artiste thing serious, serious,” he said. “My company Trillionaire Records is up fully now … so we’re heading into the music business fully now. We even have a new artiste name Shynetyme from MoBay that we’re working with, and we a work wid artiste like Lybran and the 6ix dem also.”
The artiste also congratulated Reggae Sumfest on its 27th anniversary, stating that as the birthplace of reggae, he is proud that Jamaica has managed to sustain a show of Sumfest’s magnitude for so long.
“Sumfest are the ones holding up the dancehall and the reggae music industry, not only in Jamaica, but the world. Everyone knows that Jamaica is the factory, so any time the factory bruk dung, the whole world a go bruk dung. Me affi thank Joe for carrying on this, and Mr (Johnny) Gourzong dem for holding it out over the years. The thing is on a next level now.”
Buju Banton Headlines List Of Top Artists For Reggae Sumfest
This July marks the 27th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s iconic music festival, set for Montego Bay from July 17-22, 2019. The star-studded line-up on Festival Nights 1 & 2 will include global reggae sensation Buju Banton, dancehall veterans Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, as well as Chronixx, Spice, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, Protégé, Beres Hammond, and more.
This year the festival offers a 7-night line-up of events as follows:
July 14 – Mornin’ Medz Brunch Party
July 15 – Street Dance Party
July 16 – All White Party
July 17 – Blitz All Black Party / Bunji Garlin’s Birthday Celebration
July 18 – Global Sound Clash
July 19 – Festival Night 1
July 20 – Festival Night 2
To purchase tickets to Reggae Sumfest, visit: www.ReggaeSumfest.com.
The Global Sound Clash Event Prior to Reggae Sumfest’s Main Nights
features Selectors from Around the World in an exciting GLOBAL SOUND CLASH Competition!
Following on the packed and riveting World Clash 20th Anniversary Sound Clash of Reggae Sumfest 2018 at Pier One, we have another All-Star Global Sound System Shoot-Out at the Pier One Event Centre… 2019 GLOBAL SOUND CLASH of REGGAE SUMFEST Thursday Night July 18th
Montego Bay-based recording artiste Rickey Teetz is booked to perform on Dancehall Night (now known as Festival Night One) at Reggae Sumfest.
He is looking forward to the opportunity to strut his stuff on such a prestigious event.
“I am going to put together a great set for my fans at this year’s Reggae Sumfest stage and show the world what Rickey Teetz can deliver,” he said.
Over the past few months, Rickey Teetz has been steadily building his fan base with the release of a slew of songs that have been gaining heavy traction in the island’s dancehalls, as well as popping up on the rotation lists of major radio stations.
Songs like Dollar and Phase We have each racked up more than a million views on social video-sharing site, YouTube, while another, Oh Gassh, is generating thousands of spins as well.
Dollar was produced by Show do Vybz Entertainment, while Phase We was produced by Netspen Entertainment.
“I really love the direction that the music is taking me, my fan base is definitely growing. I released a new song last month called 24 Hour, which was produced by Attomatic/Hempton Records. I will be shooting a new video this summer for Phase We, based on the positive feedback so far,” he said.
Rickey Teetz first graced the Reggae Sumfest stage in 2016 and delivered an energetic performance.
He recently delivered a high-energy set at the annual MoBay Crab Fest and will be off to Canada in mid-June for a show dubbed ‘Canada Takeover’.
REGGAE SUMFEST PRE-PARTIES: STREET DANCE & ALL WHITE ~ DON’T MISS THE EXCITING PRE-EVENT PARTIES DURING WEEK-LONG TAKEOVER OF MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA.
‘Street Dance’ & ‘All White’
Don’t miss these two exciting pre-event parties of
Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Tickets are available on Reggae Sumfest’s
Eventbrite Ticket Website:
Free ‘Yawdy Style’ STREET DANCE Party on
Monday July 15 and ALL WHITE party, Tuesday, July 16
Monday Night July 15 on The Hip Strip in Montego Bay once again explodes into the great free Reggae Sumfest Street Dance being held at Old Hospital Park. If last year’s turn out is anything to gauge what to expect this year, then put on your “Yaddy Style” and get ready to heat up the 2nd City. Both locals and tourists come out to enjoy the sweet sounds of reggae and dancehall, and this year Foota Hype, Skyjuice, Team Shella and C Notepromise to keep everyone moving all night long. It’s FREE so be sure to come out and experience our music and our culture courtesy of SUMFEST!
Get your tickets now and don’t miss out on the ALL WHITE party, Tuesday, July 16
This is the only way to celebrate the Summer with Sumfest– on July 16th Pier 1 comes alive with ALL WHITE. Grab your sexy summer whites and meet us on the water with the musical beats brought to you by DJ Smokeand DJ Smurf. You are guaranteed to dance the night away. Montego Bay will be pulsating with excitement throughout the night and right into the morning when gates open at 9pm and we don’t stop until 4am. Tickets go fast for this event… secure yours today!
About Reggae Sumfest:
Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music as well as many other popular global genres of music. Now in its 27th year, the world’s greatest reggae music festival continues to pay homage to the musical genre that originated in Jamaica and has become a global phenomenon. Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to “Brand Jamaica” by promoting two of the country’s most valuable products – the music and the island itself as a tourist destination.
Since its inception, Sumfest has made Montego Bay and the surrounding areas a prime summer destination for visitors and locals alike who flock to the city to enjoy some of the best talents in Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B. Over the years, Sumfest has partnered with a number of major local and international brands. Our goal is to continue these long-standing partnerships and develop ways to enhance their relationship with Sumfest to drive incremental value for their brands. Sumfest is owned by Joseph Bogdanovich and produced by his company DownSound Entertainment.
End Date: July 20, 2019
Staged annually during the 3rd week of July, Reggae Sumfest is now an established staple on the Jamaican entertainment calendar, attracting patrons from all across the globe, as far away as Australia, Europe, the USA and the African continent. Come join us in Jamaica’s 2nd city Montego Bay from July 14 – 20 for the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.
For ticket information and artists line-up, visit the Reggae Sumfest website.