Kick off the summer season at one of the largest music festivals in the Caribbean. Reggae Sumfest is held each year in mid-July in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest is the world’s premiere reggae music festival and the largest and most important annual event to take place on the island of Jamaica. Often called the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” Reggae Sumfest got its start in 1993 and is officially sponsored by Red Stripe beer, which is brewed locally on the island.
Reggae music originated in Jamaica in the 1960s and was pioneered by The Wailers, a band whose members included legendary reggae artist Bob Marley as well as Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Reggae Sumfest celebrates the culture of reggae music in Jamaica with nightly beach parties and concerts spread over the five days of the festival. Reggae Sumfest concerts are staged at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex and often feature big-name international performers, while other festival events are held on beaches and at venues throughout Montego Bay. Visitors to Jamaica can easily spend the daytime exploring the island attractions before heading out to the festival events in the evening.
If you’re a fan of reggae music, then this is one summer music festival you won’t want to miss. Reggae Sumfest features an impressive lineup with up-and-coming Jamaican reggae artists, dancehall acts and internationally-known performers. Past performers include Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Sean Paul, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z and Shaggy. If you’re planning a visit to Jamaica during Reggae Sumfest then you’ll be arriving during one of the island’s busiest tourist seasons, so it’s best to book your accommodations well in advance.