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All set for Reggae Sumfest's 22nd staging

Published:Sunday | July 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM

It's all systems go for the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest. According to festival organisers, patrons making it to Montego Bay for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' are guaranteed a spectacular showcase.

They can expect superior production and explosive performances from some of the biggest names of reggae and dancehall, with international acts Jason Derulo and Black and Yellow rapper Wiz Khalifa set to blaze the stage.

Patrons will be treated to a very special Ravin' In Rio Beach party which kicks off today. The atmosphere is expected to rival that of Brazil's Copacabana Beach as DJ Nicco, ZJ Sparks, Coppershot and Crazy Neil are set to ignite the opening event in tandem with the live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. The unique atmosphere generated inside Aquasol Theme Park will set the stage for the All White Party at Montego Bay's renowned Pier One venue on Tuesday, July 15, when Bambino, DJ Kentucky and DJ Smoke will keep the fire burning on the musical turntables.

Thursday to Saturday

Reggae Sumfest's live shows kick off at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex on Thursday, July 17 with Dancehall Night and continues until Saturday, July 19 with International Night II.

"Everything is on track for completing all the intricate details necessary to the make the show a success, and now it's up to the patrons to come out and experience what we have in store and the artistes to deliver. From what we have seen from some of the most anticipated artistes like Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, Chronixx and Tessanne Chin, just to name a few, of late, tells us that their performance on the Sumfest stage will be something to savour beyond the days of the shows," explained Martin Lewis, the festival's technical producer.

Lewis, alongside the production team, is currently on track at this stage in their preparations of the venue to house the patrons as they witness the spectacular performances from some of reggae music's true geniuses like Freddie McGregor, Sanchez and Jah Cure, alongside hardcore lyricists like Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Aidonia, Assassin, Alkaline and Popcaan.

"The live shows will bring the very best of Jamaican production to the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' with carefully balanced sensory enticements as the sound and lighting quality is expected to rival the best in the world. As usual, we don't hold back when it comes to security. Only the best is good enough for our patrons. Additionally, we have taken traffic measures into consideration to ensure that patrons are not inconvenienced in any way," said festival boss Johnny Gourzong.

The 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest will also offer up special international appeal with superstar Future, The Voice's Tessanne Chin and the return of the multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning Sean Paul, after a decade away from the festival.

Sponsors include Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, The Gleaner Company, Irie FM, and more.