Suety Travel Diaries: Reggae Sumfest 2017
Reggae Sumfest: Our Music, Our Festival
I was ecstatic when I found out that I had won two tickets to Reggae Sumfest 2017. A big thank you to Red Stripe and their social media team. I've never been to a live stage show before so I had no idea what to expect . I started to search online for videos and posts of past Reggae Sumfest events. What can I say? This girl likes to be prepared. I eventually found the official website for Reggae Sumfest that provided me with information on the event like the location, the artistes expected to perform, and more.
Reggae Sumfest- Night 1: Dancehall Night
The line up included acts from Alkaline, Movado, Bounty Killer, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Spice, Tommy Lee, Masicka, Pantorankin, Devin Di Dakta, Tifa, Jahmiel, Ding Dong, Harry Toddler, Shensea, TJ, Iyara, K Queens, Singer J, Sanjay and International sensation Tory Lanez. I knew majority of the names on the list, so I knew it would be a night I would enjoy. I arrived at the venue about 12:00 am Saturday morning despite leaving out of Kingston around 5:30 pm. The journey to Montego Bay from Kingston was roughly about 3.5 hours. However, I didn't factor in the traffic and all the stops I would have to make, but I was glad I got there safely.
Walking into the venue all I could see were bodies, lots of them. The patrons came out in their numbers. I am sure the promoters were very pleased with the support. Since I was so late, I missed a few of the acts that performed that night and I had little choice in where I would stand for the rest of the night. Eventually I found a spot for myself and 4 of my friends and our 3 chairs. As the night progressed or morning for that matter, the more popular artists came on and so the show momentum build. Each artiste clearly tried to outdo the next artiste as if they were privately competing for the "best performance." It wasn't just about singing their songs and exiting the stage, they came to PERFORM.
Spice was the only female performer I saw and she was good. She brought up a Chinese guy on stage who wanted to dance with her and show off his dancing skills... and that he did. You can see it in the video below. She also talked about her most recent visit to Kartel's prison cell and chanted a few of his popular verses, which seemed to me that she was trying to keep him alive in his fan's memories since it's been awhile since any new music has been released by him.
Mr Tory Lanez was good. He sang my favourite songs and the crowd seemed really excited to see him and then he sang a song that wasn't so popular. I've never heard it before and it definitely seem that the crowd was new to it also. So there was silence for a while and then it got worse. Mr Tory Lanez decided to get sexy for the Jamaican girls and sang R. Kelly's “Bump N' Grind”. Now if you're not living under a rock, you must know that R. Kelly is not a fan favourite now. There has been reports on the news about kidnapping kids, sex cult, underage girls (allegedly) and memes with him Usher....
By this time the crowd seemed like they were over Mr Lanez and was hoping he would exit the stage and I think he felt it too. So he pulled magic out his back pocket and brought Popcaan to the stage and the entire crowd went wild. Good save Mr Lanez!
Aidonia did a good job as well. I loved the fact that he came down into the crowd and brought on some of his artistes. Bounty killer was entertaining. He definitely kept me smiling and he did a great job. Ding Dong and his crew definitely brought some vibes to the stage. It was filled with dancing and energy. Jahmiel is one my faves and he did an awesome job with his set. Alkaline is also one of my favourites and he did a great job too.
Dexta Daps....mmmm. He was definitely the ladies favourite act. Of course he took of his shirt and displayed his "sexy body" and 6 pack. He brought out the co star in the steamy pool scene of his latest short film and grinded on her. Overall, a really good performance.
I was glad to see the sun coming up as it meant that the show would soon be over. It also meant that it was time to get myself mentally prepared to drive back home after being up all night.
Tips for Reggae Sumfest
Money- Everything at the venue was triple the amount it would have been normally. A bottle of water easily cost $300 versus $100. Know that in the general section there is no complimentary drinks so be prepared.
Extra phone battery or portable phone charger
Wear comfortable shoes
Don't drink too much so that you don't have to go to the bathroom too often
Try to sleep before you enter the venue
Try to eat before entering the venue
Here is my video compilation of the night before my phone died.
Overall I had a great time, I made some memories and I would love to do it again. Let me know what you think. Comment below.