Reggae Sumfest will introduce 360o virtual reality streaming
From July 17 – 23, thousands of reggae music fans will converge in Jamaica’s tourist capital of Montego Bay for the 24th staging of Jamaica’s annual Reggae Sumfest. Dubbed the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” the popular weeklong musical festival will be an all reggae and dancehall affair with beach parties and performances by popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall acts, including Grammy-winning Beenie Man, along with Popcaan, Spice, I-Octane, Tarrus Riley and more. In addition, Reggae Sumfest will introduce live 360o virtual reality streaming for the public to experience the festival on mobile phones via www.reggaesumfest.com.
“Every year Reggae Sumfest attracts travelers and reggae fans from around the world,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Reggae music is an important part of our culture, and I am pleased that this year’s staging will feature a menu of reggae and dancehall performances from start to finish. Reggae music has been embraced globally and there’s no better place to feast on the genre than in its birthplace, Jamaica…the Home of All Right.”
Reggae Sumfest will kick off on Sunday, July 17 with a Sumfest Beach Party at the Aqua Sol Theme Park, followed by the All-White Party on Tuesday, July 19. The festival now has two concert nights and the introduction of Sound Explosion on Thursday, July 21 at Pier 1. Sound Explosion will see sounds systems like Stone Love, Black Kat, Firelinks and Tony Matterhorn spin music from yester-year. Beenie Man, Assassin, Spice, Popcaan and I’Octane will headline Dancehall Night on Friday, July 22 at Catherine Hall. Reggae Sumfest will end on Saturday, July 23 with Reggae Night featuring performances from Barrington Levy, Sanchez, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, and more.
For those traveling to Jamaica for the festival, below is a sampling of summer packages being offered at resorts in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Guests who stay three nights at the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay Jamaica will get the fourth night free with their Getaway Package. Located less than ten minutes away from the Montego Bay International Airport, the beachfront hotel provides easy access to local attractions such as the Rose Hall Great House, the Martha Brae River and Dunn’s River Falls. Valid for stays Sunday through Thursdays, between April 22 to December 23 (blackout dates apply)
Travelers who book a minimum stay of four nights will receive the fourth night free and a $100 resort credit. Round Hill Hotel and Villas is located on a lush 110-acre peninsula just 25 minutes from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport and features luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms, award-winning seaside dining and an exquisite spa. Book by August 31, 2016 for travel now through December 17, 2016 (blackout dates apply).
Visitors to Half Moon can take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Travel package with rates starting at US$479 per day (up to 40% off). Half Moon is a 400-acre luxury resort that features two miles of private beach and offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including the award winning Fern Tree Spa, tennis courts, equestrian center, fitness center, 54 swimming pools, water sports, shops and more. Book by November 14, 2016 for travel through November 14, 2016.
Families can take advantage of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s Kids Stay Free package where children under 12 years of age play, eat and stay for free when booking at least three nights. The family-friendly resort offers guests the opportunity to experience 17-acres of ivory sand on the longest stretch of private beach in Ocho Rios. Rates start at $408 per person per night based on double occupancy. Book by August 28, 2016 for travel through August 31, 2016.
Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and Jewel Dunns River Beach Resort & Spa, Curio – A Collection by Hilton
Are offering an extra 20% off all-inclusive rates starting from $110 per person. Both properties are adult-only and embody an all-inclusive health, fitness and spa theme. Book by September 2, 2016 for travel now through September 6, 2016.
Travelers can spend quality time with their families with savings up to 45% and a free stay for up to two children at Grand Bahia Principe this summer. This all-inclusive, colonial-style resort is perfect for the whole family, with activities and accommodations made special with kids in mind. All-inclusive rates start from $122 per person per night in a junior suite superior category.
Book by June 30, 2016 for travel through October 31, 2016.
About Reggae Sumfest
First staged in 1993, Reggae Sumfest quickly became the world’s premiere reggae music event. The festival showcases the best of Dancehall and Reggae music, as well as top R & B/Hip Hop performers and offers delicious Jamaican cuisine and arts and crafts. Each year, the event which is billed as the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth attracts more than 30,000 patrons to the tourist capital of Montego Bay.