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Bogdanovich: Plans under way to improve Reggae Sumfest 2020

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:47 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and Joe Bogdanovich greet each other at Reggae Sumfest as Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett looks on.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and Joe Bogdanovich greet each other at Reggae Sumfest as Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett looks on.

Without giving patrons a chance to catch their collective breaths, Reggae Sumfest organisers are already in preparation mode for the 2020 staging of the event.

Downsound Entertainment (DSE) boss Joe Bogdanovich said that all the necessary arrangements are being made to guarantee the utmost comfort and convenience for Reggae Sumfest 2020. In a press release, he acknowledged that “some patrons experienced some discomfort as a result of the large crowd present at concert nights 1 and 2 of Reggae Sumfest’s 27th staging.”

LARGEST CROWD EVER

Last weekend, reggae music lovers from across the globe converged on Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, to experience a full line-up of reggae and dancehall icons, including Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Chronixx, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer. The iconic festival reportedly drew its largest crowd in its 27-year history, with approximately 40,000 patrons combined for both nights.

Commenting on the size of the crowd, Bogdanovich noted, “I thank my team, the sponsors, artistes and the directors of Reggae Sumfest for their continued support of our great homegrown music festival, but, with explosive growth comes challenges along with demands and heavy responsibility.”

He added that the exponential growth achieved “is still an actual part of the working process, and next year, we will continue to grow and improve the overall experience.”

He further stated, “We have already started planning for Sumfest 2020, and our top priority will be to ensure safety and comfort for our patrons so that they are able to enjoy the experience of ‘The Greatest Reggae Festival on Earth’ to the fullest.”