Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest has always been a calendar event and for many, if there is one night of the Festival to attend, it’s Thursday. This has resulted in record number of patrons over the more than two decades of the popular festival as the kings and queens and full cohort of dancehall come out to survey the kingdom.
This year is no different as the levels on the dancehall scale will be turned up to the max when the stalwarts and the new kids on the block come out t0 play on the Sumfest stage. The organisers of Reggae Sumfest have again pulled out all the stops to ensure that Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 17 lives up to its traditional pride of place by drawing on what is current, hip and fresh in the world of dancehall music. This year’s line-up includes acts dominating airwaves, charts and stages, both locally and for global audiences.
The task of closing dancehall night has always been a coveted position and over the years, heavyweight acts have taken on this task and delivered the goods. This year, the lot falls on the dreadlocked crooner I-Octane.
This is by no means the first time this singer is stepping up to the Dancehall Night plate at Reggae Sumfest. The Clarendon-born I-Octane, whose given name is Byiome Muir, delivered the goods and brought the curtains down at last year’s event. His popularity and showmanship, which have not waned in the past 12 months, have earned him a repeat as the final act on what is arguably one of the biggest nights in local live entertainment. Patrons can expect to hear the artiste delivering on tracks such as LOVE, My Life, Lose a Friend, Missing You and more.
The organisers have also drawn for another ace in the Original Don Gorgon Ninjaman, never one to disappoint during a live performance. Ninja is the undisputed king of building lyrics-on-the-spot and his colourful presentations have always made him worth the wait.
Dancehall night patrons will be treated to a wide range of artistes with Mr Cross-Angry-Thrown into the dancehall night mix is Busy Signal who continues to chart and ride the airwaves with a slew of popular tracks. Anticipation is high for Aidonia, whose live sets are always a treat for the patrons. The ‘problem child’ Popcaan is once again expected to thrill the audience with his Unruly Rave along with a string of more recent releases.
The past year has seen the rise of deejay Alkaline. The artiste, who is enjoying growing support thanks to tracks such as Move Mountains, has been retained by the Sumfest team to add a fresh twist to Dancehall Night. The ‘Queens’ of the dancehall have not been left out, with Tifa, Spice Baby Tash and Konfydence being billed to represent for the females. Vegas, Assassin, Bugle, Kalado, Ricky Teetz and Ryme Minista round out the stellar Dancehall night line up and are all expected to bring their A-game to the stage on the night of Thursday, July 17.
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