The UK’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage returns in June 2018 for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation and positivity.
Following the first wave of artist announcements, the UK’s award-winning festival of reggae, Positive Vibration, has added even more big names to its already huge line-up, including: Mungo's Hi Fi with Eva Lazarus (top image left), Dub Pistols (top image right) and BrukOut featuring Seani B and Stone Love.
Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration - Festival of Reggae - has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and eclectic reggae festivals, playing host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems & selectors and some of the brightest new talent.
Taking place over the 8th & 9th June across the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, the festival will feature performances from Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band, Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound System, Adrian Sherwood & Creation Rebel, Iration Steppas with Murray Man, Misty in Roots, Don Letts, Channel One Sound System, Manudigital with Parly B & Bazil, and many more.
As well as a stellar musical line up, one of the most engaging aspects of the festival is the Reggae Q&A, a panel discussion which focuses on the impact of reggae on British music, culture & society. This year’s panel, the full details of which are yet to be announced, will feature highly respected DJ, lecturer, poet & community activist, Dr William ‘Lez’ Henry, as well as award-winning music journalist & punk musician, John Robb. The Q&A is in association with the Reggae Research Network.
Another festival highlight is the incredible Art of Reggae exhibition, which supports the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, showcasing 100 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators & artists from over 70 countries. All of which can be bid on via silent auction. The launch of the exhibition will take place at Constellations, Liverpool on Wednesday 6th June from 7pm - 11pm. Entry is free, but you will need to confirm your attendance by ordering a free ticket via Skiddle: skiddle.com/e/13155962
Over the festival weekend, there will be a plethora of activities & workshops for all the family, including dub poetry classes with Levi Tafari, Jamaican dance classes with Merseyside Dance Initiative, arts & crafts with Square Pegs, screen-printing with The Paper Moon, Capoeira & drum classes with Capoeira For All, face painting, a soft play area, plus loads more. Children & young people are welcome to the festival on both days, with those under 12 years old being granted free entry. In addition, they'll be over 40 open-air traders offering a diverse selection of food, drink, records, clothes, arts & crafts, jewellery, health and well-being at the Jamtown Market.
Positive Vibration will be working with many partners & sponsors, who have kindly offered their support to the festival. They include Liverpool City Council, Captain Morgan, Visit Jamaica, Baltic Creative CIC, Reggae Research Network, Jamaican High Commission, VP Records, Greensleeves Records, Alpha Boys School, International Reggae Poster Contest, Skiddle and Minirig.