Top acts lined up for family reggae event
RASTAFARIANS and music-lovers alike are set to join forces this weekend for a day of bouncing beats and soulful lyrics as Swindon’s reggae festival returns for its third year.
The Reggae Garden was born out of a small party being thrown by friends three years ago. The one-day event attracted so much interest that organisers AJ and Paul Bullimore decided to keep the gig as a regular fixture on the town’s music calendar.
Headlining the 2013 concerts is Macka B and the Roots Ragga Band, whose soothing reggae rhythms and politically motivated lyrics have dazzled party-goers across the globe.
Armed with a colourful wardrobe and a charismatic on-stage presence, the band is sure to impress crowds from all walks of life.
Although originally from the UK, Macka’s fanbase spans from Jamaica to Africa.
Solo Banton and the Upper Cut Band will also be unleashing their hits on revellers at the open-air concert, taking place at Old Town’s Bowl between noon to 8pm.
Murray Man and the Friendly Fire Band is another exclusive signing for the event. This seven-piece are kings of creating infectious beats, singing about real people and situations.
“There’s such a great vibe at the festival,” said AJ, who will also be performing tracks from his Neverending Weekender 13-track album during the gig.
“Everyone looks forward to it. It’s a fantastic day, if you like reggae – and even if you don’t, you will by the end of it.”
The last two events were sell outs and AJ is confident this year’s 1,300 tickets will all be snapped up.
“There’s something for the whole family. It really is the kind of event where you see grandchildren with their grandparents,” said AJ. “The whole thing is about reggae grass roots. Reggae’s all about a positive vibe.”
Also booked to entertain the crowds will be Terrorist Nuclear Soundsystem and Erin Bardwell Collective, plus many more.
Soul food including jerk chicken, peas and rice and a selection of curries will be on offer at the event on Saturday.
For more information visit www.thereggaegarden.com.
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