The annual Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival is typically held in April and is a weeklong celebration of all things reggae music - the most popular Caribbean music genre.
The festival celebrates the culture and history of all genres of reggae music and provides a host of entertainment at various venues throughout the week of festivities.
A highly anticipated event by all Bajans and tourists alike, the Barbados Reggae Festival features a diverse mix of international, as well as regional and local, artists and entertainers.
The festival showcases a variety of types of reggae music, with previous festival artists including:
» Busy Signal
» Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley
» Queen Ifrica
» Admiral Tibet
» and Wyclef Jean
The Reggae Festival attracts visitors from all over the globe and it's heralded as one of the biggest festivals in Barbados and hailed as the best reggae show in the world.
It is also claimed to be the biggest international event of its kind, outside of the birthplace of reggae music, Jamaica.
Whether you love the golden oldies or the fresh up and coming artists, you'll be sure to find something to suit your reggae music taste and style during this jam-packed festival.
You'll also hear popular local DJ's mixing all of your favourite tunes, as well as a legion of entertaining hosts and MC's to get the crowd warmed up and ready to groove.
The festival typically features four main events:
» Reggae on the Beach - dance on the sand and jump in the sea at Brandon's Beach and the biggest reggae beach party of the year.
» Vintage Reggae Show and Dance - step back in time at Kensington Oval and hear all your vintage reggae favourites.
» Reggae Party Cruise - sail along the ocean to some sweet reggae music, whilst taking in the atmosphere and picturesque skyline.
» Reggae on the Hill - set in natural surrounds, this day long music festival is held at Farley Hill National Park and caps off the week of festivities in true reggae roots style.
Additional events and activities include the Bajan Reggae Night featuring some of the biggest acts on the local reggae scene.
Check out our events calendar to see up-to-date schedules.
Come and dance the night and day away to your favourite home grown and international artists and enjoy a full week of reggae tunes and good vibes.
More information: http://www.thebarbadosreggaefestival.com.
Author: Brett Callaghan.