Sumfest moves into high gear tonight

Hotels report high occupancy levels

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — ALL is set for the staging of the popular Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay tonight.

"Everything is in place for Dancehall Night (tonight)," Richard Russell, executive director of Summerfest Promotions, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, told the Jamaica Observer West.

"All of our equipment are already in place and the vendors are now putting on the finishing touches to their stalls here today (yesterday)."

The musical festival kicked off with a beach party at Aquasol Theme Park Sunday night and was followed by a successful staging of an All-White Party at Pier One Tuesday night.

Russell was encouraged by the turnout at the All-White Party.

"We had the All-White Party last night (Tuesday night) and it was good vibes, good music and a lot of fun," he stated.

"We had a good turnout."

Among the artistes billed for tonight are Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, I-Octane, Mr Vegas, Spice and Tifa.

The festival continues tomorrow night at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre featuring Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Chronixx, Beenie Man and Jah Cure.

It closes on Saturday night with performances from Future, Sean Paul, Tessanne Chin, Sanchez and Freddie McGregor.

Meanwhile, checks carried out by the Observer West have revealed that a number of hotels across western Jamaica are experiencing high occupancy levels, due mainly to the staging of the festival.

"We are fully booked at booth properties, the Sunset Beach and Sunset Oasis (in Montego Bay)," said Veralton Nembhard, reservations supervisor at the Sunset Beach Resort, Spa and Waterpark.

The Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Rose Hall is also said to be fully booked, while the Iberostar Suites and Iberostar Grande, also in Rose Hall, is said to be "overbooked".





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