Perhaps the premier Island Reggae music and culture festival in the United States is back for a fifth year.
The 5th annual Island Reggae Festival has been set for July 9, 2016. The festival will be held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, a much larger venue than previous years at Redwood Amphitheater. With over 60-acres of outdoor space and 167,000 square feet of indoor space, the fifth annual Island Reggae Festival is set to be the largest edition to date.
This year’s festival will include a Polynesian dance showcase, youth rugby tournament, Polynesian tattoo showcase, car showcase, arts and crafts, carnival rides, fireworks and, of course, live music.
Island Reggae Festival continues to showcase worldwide and local renown artists and bands. As the first artists were announced this past week, that sentiment holds true. The first round of artists revealed some of the best in Hawaiian reggae and the most renowned artist from Bermuda.
The artists announced were headliners Common Kings, Collie Buddz and one of the top-tier solo artists in island reggae music, Jordan T. The 5th annual Island Reggae Festival will be the debut performances at this event for both Collie Buddz and Jordan T, while Common Kings will be returning as veterans of this festival for the third time in five years.
Obviously, there will be more artists to be announced as the event draws near. Looking back on previous years of this festival, the lineup has always been stocked full of international talent. Some of the artists to be featured over years past include, Morgan Heritage, Third World, J Boog, FIJI, Anuhea, Rebel SoulJahz, House of Shem, Kapena, Maoli, Spawnbreezie, Drew Deezy, Tenelle, Sammy J, Pieter T, Three Houses Down, Jimmy Weeks Project, and many more.
Currently, tickets are available for $50 dollars for General Admission and $150 for VIP Passes. However, that current sale will end on February 14th.
Video: Island Reggae Festival – “2014 Recap”