What Is Reggae Sumfest
Reggae rhythm and island breeze intoxicate crowds of people as they sway to the anthem of “One Love,” sing in unison, and raise their arms up to a cloudless sky. . . Have you ever wished yourself in this world— where the omnipresent vibe is of chillin’ and spreadin´ the love?
In 2020, the stunning Montego Bay, Jamaica, this world -the Reggae Sumfest- awaits you.
It is no doubt that Jamaica has made a huge impact on the world through their distinguished reggae music— and Reggae Sumfest has definitely had much to do with this influence.
As the premier reggae festival on the planet and the biggest party in Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest is an entire week of head bobbin´, drum beatin´, hip-swayin´ fun.
R&B and Hip Hop at Reggae Sumfest
Beyond just reggae, however, Sumfest also explores the musical worlds of R&B and hip hop.
Over the years, Beyonce, R. Kelly, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, Usher, Lil´Wayne, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, and many other huge international sensations have rocked the stages of Sumfest.
Although the festival is known for attracting elite musicians from all over the world, it also does an outstanding job of shining a bright light on their local legends, such as Damian and Stephen Marley, The Mighty Diamonds, and Freddie McGregor.
2019 Lineup with dates
See the list below with all the performers and shows from July 14-20. The main Sumfest festival days are in July 19-20, with no confirmed names for July 20.
Here’s your awesome list day by day:
The talented Stylo G will perform with music from DJ Jigga, DJ Courtney, DJ Antsman, and Crazy Neil.
Is the big street dance with Skyjuice, Team Shella, and Triple X.
The white dress code is on (great for summer) with music by: Dexta Peppa and DJ Smoke.
Hitting it hard with Blitz all black at hard rock cafe with music by: Crazy Neil, Rolexx, and Bishop Escobar.
An international music fest with DJ’s from all parts of the globe.
The big day of Sumfest with the top names:
Spice, Dexta Daps, Govana, Squash, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, Chronixx, and more performing at Catherine Hall.
Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin, Jah 9, Buju Banton, and more at Catherine Hall.
See the full list below of July 19-20:
Reggae Sumfest 2018 Lineup
As in the last 2 years, Spice the queen starred the Sumfest lineup 2018. The other reggae artists that were confirmed are: Popcaan, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Maxi Priest. Visit here to see the Reggae usmfest 2018 lineup.
Reggae Sumfest 2017 Lineup
The musical lineup for 2017 was just as impressive, starring the likes of Alkaline, Sean Paul, Tifa, Queen Ifrica, Sean Kingston, Mavado, and many, many more.
Peace And Love Through Reggae
Through all of this, it is important to note that Reggae Sumfest is much more than just a music festival. It is an affectionate gathering in one of the most tropically delightful places on Earth, celebrating authentic Jamaican culture, and raising the vibrations of peace and love high enough for the world to feel.
While many people attend the festival for the music, it is the energy of the island that swims in their veins for a lifetime, causing them to return year after year.
Other Caribbean music festivals include the: SXM music festival in the island of San Martin
Reggae Sumfest Tips
1○ Designate Time To Rest
At Sumfest, it is not uncommon for nearly everyone to party until the sun rises. Being that the festival is a week long, the only way you will manage to maintain vitality until Sunday is to plan out time to rest. Look ahead at what the week holds, what you can and can’t live without seeing, and get some dang sleep. Your dance moves will thank you for it.
2○ Talk To Your Boss
Without a doubt, you will wish you had planned a longer stay in Jamaica. You may fly in for the tunes and the party, but you’ll want to stay for the intoxicating culture, pristine beaches, and out-of-this-world scenery.
3○ Check Out the Dance Hall
One of the coolest parts of Sumfest are it´s themed night parties. The Beach Party and the International Music Party are two of them, but what is most unique is the Dance-Hall Party.
Dance-Hall is an offshoot reggae genre developed in Jamaica directly from the dance halls, themselves. So, while the tunes are unique and intriguing, the dancing will blow any other dance party out of the water. Don´t worry if you can’t keep up— no one can dance like the Jamaicans dance; plus, watching will be just as fun.
So Why Reggae Sumfest?
It’s time to get down; to get down to reggae in the home of gettin’ down to reggae— Jamaica. It’s time to light up, sway in unison to rhythmic reggae, throw your hands up to the sky, and march to the anthem of “One Love” at this year’s Reggae Sumfest.