As we were in preparation to give you the top 10 bucket list of events for 2020 the spread of the corona virus begin to develop. As the threat of the virus increased travel bans and quarantines started to go into effect in efforts to prevent further spread. Just as Spring Break, and Easter special events start to come around a lot of things have been cancelled, and few have been rescheduled.
As of right now here is a update on the status of our top ten bucket list of events.
1. Rebel Salute 🇯🇲 January 17th – 18th, 2020
Grizzly Plantation St. Ann’s Bay Jamaica
Rebel Salute is always at the top of our list when planning the schedule of events every year. This year proved once again that Rebel Salute is at the pinnacle of stage shows in Jamaica. The line-up is always something as you dream of as a Roots, and Culture lover. 2020 was another artist packed year for the show and 2021 Could be the year we see the festival expand into three days.
2. Reggae Rise Up 🇺🇸 March 20th – 22nd 2020 (Cancelled)
Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Headliners: Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Iration, SOJA, Fortunate Youth, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Collie Buddz, Hirie, The Movement, Protoje, The Expendables, Ballyhoo! Badfish, Katastro, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Groundation, The Elovaters,
Kash’d Out, Ries Brothers, Resinated, 4th & Orange, Vana Liya, CLoud9, Vibes Tribe Of I, Tropico Blvd, Dubbest, Summer Survivors, SowFlo
Reggae Rise Up is a festival that has become one of the more talked about shows the last two years. We were positioning ourselves to attend this year only to be disappointed like many others who planned to get a live performance from many of the hottest artist in the industry right now.
3. IRAWMA 🇯🇲 March 27th – 29th 2020
A.C. Marriott Hotel Kingston, Jamaica
Still scheduled to celebrate it’s 38th Annual Awards Ceremony. IRAWMA in my opinion is the top awards show for Reggae & Caribbean music. Stars from foundation to present turn out to this very elegant ceremony every year from all around the world.
4. World Clash: The End 🇬🇧 Sunday April 12
O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK.
The global sound clash arena is once again buzzing as sound systems and clash fans anticipate the final staging of WORLD CLASH WORLD CLASH – “The End” has ignited the clash calendar as the globally renowned sound clash series, promoted by Irish and Chin Inc, will host its last competition on Sunday April 12th at Birmingham’s O2 Academy in the UK. For over two decades World Clash has heralded new sound system stars, while propelling already established clash selectors to even higher career developments. The event has played host to many of sound clash industry’s most treasured memories of the fans’ favourite selectors. Nine sound systems will battle including: Stereo 5, Rodem Cyclone, Klymaxx and Observer Supa Power, representing the USA, Japan, Canada and the UK respectively, all of whom are Rumble Series winners aka national champions, alongside the defending champion Mystic. Additionally, to ramp up the thrill and competitiveness the organisers have added wild card entrants. They are Warrior Sound “the one man army” from Germany, Dynamq “The River Nile crocodile” from South Sudan, Code Red from Jamaica and Empire from the UK. On Easter Sunday selectors /sounds will once again match wits, lyrical creativity, on-stage dynamism and dubplate prowess for the last available World Clash title and trophy!
5. Best of the best 🇺🇸 | May 24th, 2020
Bayfront Park, Miami
Headliners: Koffee, Spice, Shenseea, Lady G, Tanya Stephens, Alison Hinds and more artist to be added. Memorial Weekend the place to be is Miami’s Bayfront Park for the year to year show that rocks the heart of Miami. Something special always seems to happens at “Best of the best”. This year should be no exception with the ladies running things. Reggae music’s biggest star right now Koffee will be shining bright in Miami once again for 2020!
6. Grooving in the park 🇺🇸 | June 28th 2020
Roy Wilkens Park
Currently still scheduled the celebrate their 10th Anniversary. No line-up has been released yet but based on past years New York should expect a superb line-up along with all the culture that this festival has to bring. Some of the best food vendors in New York will be on hand to give the festival the true Caribbean flavor it has over the years.
7. Reggae Sumfest 🇯🇲 12th – 18th, 2020
Sumfest is one the premier festival of the Summer in Jamaica. Six nights of the hottest events Jamaica could ask for. Sumfest shines a light on the different aspects of the music and culture through the different events held each night leading up to the big two night stage shows.
8. Reggae Jam 🇩🇪 July 31st – August 8th, 2020
Kloster Park Bersenbruck, Germany
Still scheduled but the artist line-up has yet to be released. Reggae Jam is one of the biggest Reggae shows outside of Jamaica. The people of Germany have a serious love affair with the music of Jamaica. Reggae Jam is surely a site to see if your a Reggae music lover.
9. Reggae on the river 🇺🇸 August 1st, 2020
Still Scheduled but the line-up has not been released yet. You can be sure it’s going to be a star studded event. To buy a ticket for this event without seeing the line-up would’t be odd. You are sure to get your monies worth.
10. California Roots Festival 🇺🇸 May 22nd – 24th, 2020
Monterey County Fair & Event Center
Headliners: Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Ice Cube, Chronixx, J.Boog, Rebelution, Tarrus Riley, Pepper, The Movement
Cail Roots Fest is one of the premier festivals in America right now. With some pretty serious line up of artist each year this festival has been the talk of the whole country. For the past decade Cali Roots Fest has been bringing quality entertainment to those in America. This year the anticipation is very high. Everything is still on as of right now so people here in the States still have something positive to look forward to this season.