There are a slew of options for the European reggae fans. In fact, the continent has a rich offering of festivals that celebrate the music and the culture, bringing together stars of the scene from the Caribbean, from Europe and from across the globe. So here’s a selection of the very best, to give you a flavour of what’s on offer without the need to book flights to Jamaica as Europe becomes slowly not only a marijuana friendly place but also attracts many interesting Reggae Events. Here is a short list of the most important ones to watch out for the next months:
I Love Reggae Christmas Special
Birmingham-Genting Arena, United Kingdom
16 December 2017
The very best in Reggae featuring Shaggy, hot off the back of performing at Glastonbury & Strawberries & Creem festivals in the UK and touring the US & Canada, Shaggy visits Birmingham to headline this reggae spectacular. Performing alongside is the biggest ever British reggae artist Maxi Priest, the hugely popular Chaka Demus & Pliers plus supported by the star of “The Voice of Holland 2013” and sell out theatre production “One Love: The Bob Marley Musical” is Mitchell Brunings.
International Dub Gathering 2018
29 March – 1 April 2018
International Dub Gathering is a dub and reggae music festival in the Spanish town of Bigastro, organised by the team behind famous reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash.
Uniting legends of the scene from across the globe, from singers and MCs to iconic deejays, selectors and soundsystems, the festival is a four day celebration of the iconic Jamaican genre and its rich history.
Now its third year, the festival moves to a new home in Spain’s southeast, but the inclusive atmosphere and musical spirit remain the same.
6-8 July 2017; Cologne, Germany
Since 1985, Summerjam festival has been one of Germany, and Europe’s, most respected reggae festivals. Although the lineup now encompasses hip hop (Nas, G-Eazy), the primary focus remains on reggae, and the program is consistently packed with the genre’s leading lights.
Reggae Sun Ska
Date to be announced
There aren’t many reggae festivals in the world, let alone Europe, that can boast as impressive a lineup as Bordeaux’s Reggae Sun Ska. From scene veterans and revered soundsystems to exciting modern talent from the newest generation of reggae stars, the festival showcases the very best that the scene has to offer.
OSTRÓDA REGGAE FESTIVAL
6 – 8 July 2018
Poland, Ostróda, Red Military Base / Amphitheatre
15 years of consistency in building the mark, unique atmosphere, professional production & promotion, extensive and diverse program are the main features of Ostróda Reggae Festival, the leading Polish event promoting the musical vibration out of Jamaica.
OVERJAM REGGAE FESTIVAL 2018
9 – 15 July 2018
Overjam Reggae Festival will run one whole week,
So you will be able to enjoy days of Reggae music, with the weekend you can spend for travelling to and from the festival, so you don’t need to spend extra working days on traveling. Early Arrival will be possible on Sunday 08.07.2018 already.
And last change for 2018, also based on your request, was to have all additional festival payments included in ticket price.
DJ party on Arrival day/Camping/Unlimited usage of warm showers
Unlimited usage of regular toilets and lots more.
Ruhr Reggae Summer (Dortmund & Mülheim)
10 – 12 August 2018
The Dortmund edition in June kicks off the summer for European reggae festivals in style. The second part of the region’s annual reggae celebration shares the passion for the culture with its sibling festival, but the lineup is completely different; meaning German reggae fans have even greater opportunity to celebrate the music that they love.