Major sponsors stick with Sumfest

Published: Sunday | April 24, 2011 Comments 0
Dancehall superstar Mavado (left) performs with R&B icon Usher during the final night of Reggae Sumfest Saturday in Montego Bay, St James, last year. - Photo by Janet Silvera
Dancehall superstar Mavado (left) performs with R&B icon Usher during the final night of Reggae Sumfest Saturday in Montego Bay, St James, last year. - Photo by Janet Silvera

Kingston, Jamaica:

Red Stripe, Digicel and The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) are back on board for the 19th staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Last year, performances by Reggae and dancehall's brightest stars, along with international superstars Usher and Chris Brown, were nothing short of spectacular; and this year's event which runs from July 16 to July 23 is anticipated to be even better.

Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of Reggae Sumfest, has expressed pleasure in partnering with Red Stripe, Digicel and JTB once again.

"Summerfest Productions welcome these partners who have supported us significantly over the years. This year, we wish to continue the legacy of a fruitful partnership and certainly seek to improve the product and take it to a higher dimension," he said.

Digicel is on board for the 10th year and sees great prospects for the festival.

"Digicel is a proud sponsor of the flagship entertainment event, Reggae Sumfest. We are committed to entertainment in Jamaica and the development of the Reggae Sumfest product," said Shelly Ann Curran, marketing manager of Digicel.

Jason Hall, deputy director of Cruise Attraction and Events, said the JTB welcomes the music Festival and anticipates a huge celebration of music and culture at this year's staging.

Solid event

"The Jamaica Tourist board has been associated with Reggae Sumfest since inception. We believe in this solid event which we think is good for destination Jamaica and Montego Bay. We continue our support as we consider it an iconic event of Jamaican music and culture," he said.

Red Stripe, having been a sponsor almost every year since 1995, is also anticipating another great year.

"Music remains one of the biggest connection moments for us with our consumers and the relevance and impact of Reggae Sumfest to our society is well established and we're excited to be a sponsor of this great festival again. Patrons can expect a 'Stand Out' experience provided by Red Stripe at Catherine Hall in July," said Jomo Cato, head of marketing, Red Stripe.

The 2011 staging of Reggae Sumfest will see an upgrade of sound, lighting and visuals for a more dynamic production overall. Stage Manager Junior Taylor describes the ambitious new plans, stating, "We are bringing our patrons the same top-quality service, but with a new twist. Reggae Sumfest is gearing up to produce some new and exciting elements for the crowd."

The Reggae Sumfest team is also working to improve the physical comfort of their patrons, making a few changes based on last year's audience feedback.

Reggae Sumfest kicks off with a beach party on Saturday July 16 and continues from July 21-23 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

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