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Big Ship Music Fest will be live

Published:Friday | April 23, 2021 | 12:17 AM
Reggae legend Freddie McGregor, founder of the Big Ship Music Fest, said all the necessary COVID-19 safety measurements will be put in place to protect all attendees.
Reggae legend Freddie McGregor, founder of the Big Ship Music Fest, said all the necessary COVID-19 safety measurements will be put in place to protect all attendees.

Following an unprecedented period of global live concerts drought, news of the return of the Big Ship Music Fest has been welcomed by artistes, production crews, and fans.

It is back in full swing in its second year of staging, with a much-talked-about hybrid entertainment line-up for the July 3 event in Florida. Founder, reggae legend Freddie McGregor, noted that all the necessary COVID-19 safety measurements will be put in place to protect all attendees. According to the Big Ship crooner, “nothing is more important to me than the safety of our valued fans. This is where the Big Ship Risk Assessment Team will be working effectively on the ground to ensure patrons adhere to all the necessary COVID-19 protocols.”

Last year would have been the second staging of the event; however, due to the pandemic, it was postponed. The Big Ship Music Fest was first held in 2019 at the Port Charlotte County Fairgrounds in Florida.

This year’s line-up includes Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGregor, Etana, Anthony B, Chino McGregor, Mykal Rose, Perfect, and more. All artistes will be backed by the award-winning Code Red Band, and music by Earthquake Sound, Felix International Sound, and DJ Diamond. The event will be hosted at Port Charlotte County Fairgrounds.

Already, enthusiastic reggae lovers globally are buzzing away on social media, requesting that the show be staged in the United Kingdom and Africa for 2022, in addition to fans from the US and the Caribbean who shared their excitement about the festival by dropping comments on McGregor’s Facebook and Instagram platforms, stating they’ve having already purchased their tickets online at Eventbrite’s website.

Tickets were first made available online on March 31. According to McGregor: “I am very excited about how the ticket sales have been going, and also I am surprised that it’s mostly VIP tickets being sold. This result indicates that the event will be well attended.”

The event will be streamed based on the numerous requests from reggae lovers globally to give them a taste of the one-day summer event.