Mixed bag for Sumfest
AN eclectic cast is down for the 22nd Reggae Sumfest which takes place July 13-19 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.
The annual show was launched Tuesday evening at the Countryside Club in Kingston.
Johnny Gourzong, director of Summerfest Productions, promoters of the event, said the diverse roster is meant to attract an overseas audience.
"The reach of the brand has attracted fans from all over the world. We have seen a marked increase in our international patronage each year," Gourzong told the Jamaica Observer.
International Night (July 18) has hot Rhythm and Blues singer Jason Derulo as headliner. The Haiti-born artiste is currently burning up the Billboard charts with the hit song Talk Dirty to Me.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa is also on International Night along with Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Chronixx, Nature, Shuga and Jesse Royal.
International Night 2 closes the festival. Confirmed are American rapper Future, Sean Paul, Tessanne Chin, Freddie McGregor, The Wizard (featuring Kat Dahlia), Sanchez, Prissy G and Israeli reggae band, Zuvloon Dub System.
Reggae Sumfest kicks off with its traditional beach party which is built around systems. DJ Nicco, ZJ Sparks, Coppershot and Montego Bay's top disc jock Crazy Neil are the night's 'spinners'.
On July 15, there is the All White Party which precedes the popular Dancehall Night (July 17). Bounty Killer, Kalado, I-Octane, Busy Signal, Mr Vegas, Ninjaman, Bugle, Alkaline, Spice, QQ, Aidonia and Baby Tash are expected to perform.
Veteran singer Freddie McGregor, whose career started in 1962 at Studio, will be honoured during the festival.