by Kadine N. Ferguson, Entertainment Reporter


Reggae Sumfest 2017 will make it 25 years since the first installment of the world’s greatest Reggae festival on earth. Did you hear that correctly? 25 years!

With some well needed changes that took place last year, the Reggae Sumfest brand has lots to celebrate – one of which includes a new partnership deal with Pepsi Cola Jamaica.

In an interview about the new partnership, Downsound Entertainment‘s top boss – Josef Bogdanovich – the man who not only brought a fresh face but also a fresh experience to the highly anticipated annual event, stated he thinks “this speaks volumes on Pepsi’s belief in the festival and the re-energized direction it is now. I feel good that an international brand like Pepsi supports reggae music and Reggae Sumfest, and I think they are a part of the Corporate Community who are now seeing the value and positive contribution of reggae music and festivals here at home”.

This sentiment was shared by marketing manager of Pepsi Cola Jamaica, Mitch Watson, who stated he believes “music remains an essential component of the brand’s DNA” and it therefore seems “only fitting for the brand to continue this long held relationship with the leading music festival in the country”.

The week-long event booked for this 25th staging of what is objectively the best Reggae festival in Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest 2017 rolls out with the following activities which starts Sunday, July 16 and ends Saturday, July 22nd:

Sunday, July 16:

  • Sumfest Tropical Bliss Beach Party: The Adult Playground @ Pier 1, Montego Bay

Monday, July 17:

  • Sumfest at Sunset Boat Party (leaving from Pier 1 Dock)

Tuesday, July 18:

  • Sumfest All White Party @ Pier 1

Wednesday, July 19:

  • Sumfest Blitz, Retro Block Party @ Pier 1 Entertainment Center

Thursday, July 20:

  • Sumfest Heavy Weight Soundclash @ Pier 1 Entertainment Center

Friday, July 21:

  • Sumfest Main Event Night 1 (Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Tory Lanez, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Masicka, Patoranking, Devin Di Dakta, Tifa, Jahmiel, Ding Dong, Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous, Shanseea, TJ, Iyara, K Queens, Singer J, Sanjay & Spotlight)

Saturday, July 22:

  • Sumfest Main Event Night 2 (Sean Paul, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica, Christopher Martin, Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band, Mad Cobra, Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Kingston, Ras-‘I, Deep Jahi, Meleku, Davianah, Special Guest Stars)


For more details about prices and surprises, check out the official Reggae Sumfest page: