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The Hills Get Ready To Skank with Blue Mountain Music Festival
Jamaica’s Blue Mountains will shed some of its leisurely pace and skank to reggae rhythms when the inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival gets under way, February 23 - 24, 2014, at the Holywell Park. The 2-day festival, an official part of this year’s Reggae Month, is proffering a strong line-up which includes Third World, Tanya Stephens, Chronixx and Nomaddz.
While music is a strong part of what is on offer, the Blue Mountain Music Festival is also tapping into the park’s natural resources and synergies, offering hiking, camping and even yoga as some of the events for the event.
Executive Producer of the festival, Roshaun ‘Bay-C’ Clarke of Bombrush Records has promised that the festival will be akin to the famed purveyor of peace and love the Woodstock festival. Clarke intends for the festival to become a major contender on the Caribbean event calendar, and recognizes that offering a diverse musical and experiential fare is critical to achieving this.
The festival opens on Saturday, February 22, at 2 pm and performances begin after dark, starting at 7 with the ‘Reggae Party’. The first night’s roster boasts Third World, Tanya Stephens, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid Raging Fire, Jah-9 and ZJ Bambino. Day two receives an earlier start with gates opening at 11 am, and takes the name of the previous music and nature festival that called Holywell home, ‘Misty Bliss’. T.O.K. Nomaddz, Ity and Fancy Cat, Kelissa and Jesse Royal are among those slated for the ‘Misty Bliss’ event.
Notably, the Blue Mountain Music Festival is offering more than a good time as proceeds will benefit both the its home, as it kicks off a week of celebrations of the 21st anniversary since the park has been designated.
“The festival will raise awareness and funds for the park. while encouraging Jamaicans to visit and enjoy the ambiance of Holywell,” said Dr. Susuan Otuokon, Executive Director of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust.
The Blue Mountain Festival is being co-produced by the JCDT and Bombrush Records and proceeds will benefit the JCDT as well as TOK’s Guardian Angel Foundation. Tickets are $2,500 for each day’s event and are available around the island as well as online.