Top 10 reggae festivals in the world

Updated: Jan 23

Reggae Sumfest Jamaica

The original major week long, dusk ‘til dawn, reggae music festival years ago, was known as Reggae Sunsplash. Reggae Sumfest inherited the mantle of ‘must do’ reggae festival to truly experience Jamaican music in Jamaica.

Sumfest was started in 1993 and, although traditional reggae night is the biggest night, showcasing stars like Damian "Junior Gong" Marley , Stephen Marley, The Mighty Diamonds, Toots & the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, Frankie Paul, and Freddie McGregor and other major reggae stars. The festival also has other themed and headliner nights and has featured dancehall stars like Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Tommy Lee Sparta, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Capleton, and Lady Saw as well as international artists that have ranged from 50 Cent, Rihanna and Usher to Kenny Loggins.

2017 will be the 25th Anniversary of the staging of Reggae Sumfest and the plans are underway to make this a hugely memorable experience. Event Schedule: July 16, 2017 - July 23, 2017 www.reggaesumfest.com

Reggae Summerjam Cologne

Cologne, Germany comes alive each summer with a most eclectic mix of reggae artists from all around the world. Each year the audience and musicians of different generations meet in front of and on stage and create this one-of-a-kind atmosphere, which made the festival as famous and much-loved worldwide.

For 32 years now the SUMMERJAM Festival is happening. Meanwhile the Fuehlinger Lake in Cologne is affectionately being renamed 'Cologne Bay' for this weekend. While SUMMERJAM was a pure Reggae Festival in the first years, new influences of all types of musical genres were added constantly over the years. Event Schedule: June 30, 2017 - July 2, 2017 www.en.summerjam.de

One Love Peace Festival Wembley

Mimicking the historic One Love Peace Festival of 1978 in Jamaica, this festival happens at the famous Wembley Arena in England each year. Bob Marley and The Wailers performed at the original One Love Peace concert in Kingston’s National Arena with other main-line reggae artists of the day, in an attempt to link Jamaica’s feuding political parties; this concert has, for the last 10 years, attempted to continue to try to bring together people with the power of music. Event Schedule: September 1, 2017 – September 3, 2017 www.onelovefestival.co.uk