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Patrons warm up to Blue Mountain Music Festival

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell
Patrons get comfortable for the Blue Mountain Music Festival at Holywell over the weekend.
Visitors Ian and Becky Robertson, warm up to the reggae music on showcase during the Blue Mountain Music Festival at Holywell over the weekend.
Duane Stephenson performs at the Blue Mountain Music Festival at Holywell over the weekend.
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The second annual Blue Mountain Music Festival saw a strong turnout over the weekend, as patrons made the trek to the hills of Holywell for the two-day reggae festival, held on Saturday and Sunday.

Many persons from the neighbouring communities turned out to show their support, however, the tourists were the ones who seemed to make the most of the occasion, as some were seen cuddled up against each other in the chilly weather, while reggae music provided warmth for their ears.

Speaking to Craigy T, who is part of the Blue Mountain Music Festival team and member of reggae group, T.O.K., he felt the tourists had a strong presence at the festival because of the unique concept.

"I think the whole venue and the aura of the venue is something that people really love. There is a hiking culture phenomenon that's storming through the world, and this concert encompasses that same spirit. It might be a hike to get to the mountain, but it is the same type of vibe when you are in the mountains. Tourists are appreciative of this type of vibe, because they don't expect this aspect of the island to be showcased in this manner. They are more accustomed to the beaches," he said.

Craigy T also believes that despite their efforts to promote the event via social media and mainstream media, patrons really turned out because they love

reggae music.

divine decree

"We can't take any credit for the support. We did spread our wings, we did do our ads, we did push things on social media, but to be honest, I think this support was by divine decree. This event is poised to fill a void that has been in entertainment for the longest while. People are tired

of the same thing, and Blue Mountain festival provides a refreshing difference. I think people appreciate that," he said.

Hosted by comedian/recording artiste Donald 'Iceman' Anderson, there were strong performances from reggae acts such as Duane Stephenson, Fantan Mojah, Stratdon, Shuga, Makyann, former Brick and Lace member I Candy, Tarrus Riley, Uprising Roots, Ryan Mark, Rootz Underground, among others.

Lengthy band changes, however, sent some patrons packing before the performances were completed.

The organisers provided a shuttle service and received assistance from the JDF for additional parking and security.

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