Reggae Sunsplash is Back after 14 Years

Latest Jamaica News (McKoy’s News): Reggae Sunsplash The drought is over for the long-awaited pioneering Jamaican music festival, Reggae Sunsplash, after its 14-year absence from the entertainment scene. The event is scheduled to be held at Grizzly’s Plantation in Priory, St. Ann, on November 6 – 8 2020.

Guardsman Group Ltd is responsible for reviving the festival with the license rights under the management and production of eMedia Interactive Group Ltd, owned and operated by the executive producer of the event, Tyrone Wilson.

Reggae Sunsplash is the father of all [reggae] festivals…It has represented music in the most authentic form, has launched so many Jamaican artists’ careers, allowing them to perform for diverse audiences and it’s coming back to reclaim that space;” says Tyrone Wilson in a recent interview with billboard news.

Wilson’s production team comprises of festival managers Debbie Bissoon and Randy Mattis. In a recent post on Instagram by Wilson highlighting the event, the public’s reaction shows much enthusiasm and appreciation toward reviving this aspect of Jamaica’s culture through great live music festival.

One viewer’s comment reads: “Reggae Sunsplash’s return represents the reinstatement of a legacy that provided an elevated platform for reggae in Jamaica and around the world, and became a catalyst for a fundamental societal shift.

Others were very happy at the news and made comments such as “I love the sound of this” and another exclaimed that “I’m here for this!!!”

Reggae Sunsplash 2020 promises to be a great look as Tyrone briefly outlined an overview of the show for the 3-night period. He revealed that the scheduled for night one will feature acts that came to fame before 2000; night two will showcase artistes that emerged after the year 2000 and the finale will be a party at Puerto Seco Beach, Discovery Bay, St. Ann. Another highlight of this blueprint event will be featuring various reggae selectors and sound systems such as the great Robert “Chuckles” Stewart, who worked on the original Sunsplash and has over the years, produced tours for Buju Banton and Sean Paul.

The inaugural show for Reggae Sunsplash was launched in June 1978 by Synergy Productions as Montego Bay was the first place to host six nights of this festival. The line-up was not short of any reggae legends of that era such as Gregory Issacs, Toots and the Maytals, Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff, Garnet Silk, Third World among many others.

Reggae Sunsplash is the groundbreaking Jamaican live music festival which had left that mark for other music festivals to emulate and will always have its place in the hearts of many Jamaicans, as well as,  international supporters who are already making preparations to attend the event in November 2020.

 

Natasha Williams

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