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May 10, 2019
Buju Banton (right) performs with the legendary Beres Hammond at the Long Walk to Freedom concert in March.
Buju Banton (right) performs with the legendary Beres Hammond at the Long Walk to Freedom concert in March.

When it was announced that Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Chronixx were the headliners for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, the reaction from the public spoke volumes as to the amount of support the festival would receive this year.

With just over two months to go before the event gets under way, checks with several hotels in the parish of St James have revealed that most of the rooms have been fully booked until the end of July.

Reggae Sumfest’s chief organiser, Joe Bogdanovich, believes there is a direct link between the festival’s line-up and the sold-out hotels.

Pointing out that ticket sales have been going well, Bogdanovich said that he thinks the Beres, Buju and Chronixx combination is one of the main reasons hotels have been booked out this early in the season.

“Reggae Sumfest is usually a sold-out show. Hotels in the Montego Bay area usually see an increase in bookings around the period the show is being held, but this year, I know for sure the demand has been greater,” he said.

“I am not surprised some people can’t get hotel rooms right now, because based on the ticket sales, the demand for the show this year has been overwhelming. It is the best I’ve seen it since I took over the festival. I think the B.B.C line-up has a lot to do with it. Beres, Buju and Chronixx are three of the biggest artistes on the local music scene, and I think people really want to see them in action,” he said, adding that Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are expected to give legendary performances on the Friday night.


According to Bogdanovich, tickets for this year’s festival are going so well that he and his team are thinking of adding another section to the grounds to meet demands.

“I am now thinking of building a whole new seating area, and it’s gonna be called the Golden Triangle. It will be for the more luxurious crowd. But all that will be discussed in another week or less because we are in the designing phase right now. I think we’re attracting more people this year than any other year, and we want to be prepared for that.”

Bogdanovich’s points are supported by statistics presented by Delano Seiveright, senior adviser/strategist in the Ministry of Tourism.

Seiveright told THE WEEKEND STAR that he has already seen increases in the number of hotel bookings for this year compared to the same period last year. He also said there has been an increase in the number of tourists who have booked flights to the island this summer.

“It is important to note that seat capacity for the destination this summer is 1,400,371 which is 108,872 or 8.4% more than 2018. The biggest growth is from the United States, which shows an increase of over 100,000 seats for the summer period (May through August 2019), compared with the same period in 2018,” he said.

“Jamaica has been experiencing very strong growth in tourist arrivals in recent times. This as a result of the multiple strategies pursued by the Ministry of Tourism and its agencies. Sumfest this year is mega, and already many hotels and other accommodations are reporting very high bookings, some of which is attributed to Reggae Sumfest.”

And for those who are yet to book hotel rooms, Seiveright is encouraging them to explore the Airbnb option and look beyond Montego Bay for accommodation.

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Beenie Man & Bounty Killer Set To Hit The Stage Together At 2019 Reggae Sumfest

The dancehall legends are set to perform together on the Sumfest stage on Festival Night 1 on July 19th.

Ladies and gentleman get your bug spray and lighters ready for this one, because this is a legendary showcase that you do NOT want to miss…


Downside Entertainment, organizers of Reggae Sumfest, revealed that icons Bennie and Bounty will be gracing the stage for a tune for tune – 90’s recall! Known for their undeniably high energy, witty lyrics, and outstanding stage presence, the pair is expected to sing songs from different genres through all ages.


Bennie and Bounty will show off their skills and talent that has allowed them to stay at the top of the dancehall scene for more than two decades, according to Cordell “Skatta” Burrell, of Downside Entertainment.

Some other great acts set to hit the stage are Spice, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, and Squash during Festival night one on July 19th, and Buju Banton, Tarrus Riley, and Chris Martin at Festival night two on July 20th.

Find tickets and the full line up here.



Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer And More To Headline 2019 Reggae Sumfest

It will be the biggest dancehall and reggae concert ever in the history of the Caribbean island

Mek it bunx up! The 2019 Reggae Sumfest has just announced its lineup for this year’s festival. Approaching their 25th anniversary, DownSound Entertainment is doing it big this year with a stellar lineup of some of Jamaica’s biggest names. It will be the biggest dancehall and reggae concert ever in the history of the Caribbean Island according to YardHype.

Running from July 14th through the 20th, reggae fans are in for a week of partying, Jamaican food, and cultural immersions alongside stellar performances.

Elephant Man, Protoje, Chronixx, Spice, Spragga Benz, and Buju Banton have been tapped to perform. Dubbed “the greatest reggae show on earth,” Reggae Sumfest is taking concertgoers back to Jamaica’s musical roots, from rock to reggae.

Dancehall legends Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are ringing in day one of the festival with a special segment of their own, called “Back To Basics and “Dub fi Dub.” As two of reggae’s most impactful stage stars, the opening duo is already preparing to score the biggest night of the festival.

“Beenie and Bounty are icons of Reggae Sumfest,” said Cordell “Skatta” Burrell of Downsound Entertainment. “They will show everyone the skill and talent that’s kept them at the top of the dancehall scene for over two decades.”

For those who can’t make it out to Montego Bay, the event organizers will be live-streaming some of the performances. You can check out the rest of the lineup and buy tickets here.

You might want to rethink your vacation plans.

Written by Danielle Ransom

(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)



Beenie, Bounty for epic ‘tune-fi-tune’ at Sumfest

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | Yasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer
Beenie Man
Beenie Man

Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have both been signed for this year’s instalment of Reggae Sumfest and will perform onstage together in what is gearing up to be an epic ‘tune-fi-tune’ ‘90s recall segment. Sumfest made the big announcement rather quietly via their website on Thursday, shortly after which, Bounty Killer uploaded the flier to his personal social-media pages, and the secret was officially out. The fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive as this represents the first time that these two long-time rivals have ever been billed to showcase all the songs which made them popular, including their ‘clash’ tunes, on a stage designed to elicit peaceful vibes.

“They are both very excited about this,” Reggae Sumfest head honcho Josef ‘Joe’ Bogdanovich told The Gleaner. “I think the time is right for this show of unity in the dancehall, and it will be great. People are going to love it.” 

According to Bogdanovich, the decision to have these two artistes – whose rivalry within the dancehall is as legendary as their artistry – perform together in a show of unity of this magnitude was born out of a simple “idea that popped into (his) head”.

“This will be a big lesson to teach to all the new acts in the business about what it takes to be a legend,” an enthusiastic Bogdanovich, who was just returning from the successful New York launch of the festival, said. “Many of these younger acts have the tool of social media to help to make them become extremely popular in a very short time. But it takes time to learn the ropes and to get that added edge of staying power, or else it will be nothing more than hype, which will just burn out like a shooting star,” the Downsound Entertainment CEO said, adding, “They (Beenie and Bounty) are both legends, and they didn’t become legends overnight.”

Heartfelt Tribute

Fans of both artistes had suspected that something was in the making when, prior to the announcement, the two had been posting ‘throwback’ pictures of both of them together on social media. Bounty Killer upped the ante by paying a lengthy, heartfelt, tribute to Beenie Man.

“Many people might be speculating about why Killer posting so much pic with @kingbeenieman well a little enlightenment… 2003 Its A Party at Polo Club I told Ennis and the securities not to let Beenie in my party. Beenie cuss off the security dem and returned with a Polo Club Membership Card get into the party and ended up on stage.. deejaying the morning too. What a heart! When my father died 09 he was at the nine night and funeral too. In this pic here, it was 2012 March 4th my mom nine night, the worst days of my entire life, he was there and at the funeral also ….as a rival he supported me way more than half of the ppl I gave the platform (sic),” Bounty Killer said in the Instagram post.

He concluded, “He may be not be my closest bredrin since I don’t know his phone number or where he lives but he is truly a friend indeed when truly in need Salute Greatness Kabooom full transition (sic).”

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