The organisers of Reggae Sumfest are maintaining the No Weapons policy at this year’s staging of the now week long festival set to take place from Sunday, July 16 through to Saturday, July, 22 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The safety of attendees is very important and as such law enforcers and security personnel will be searching patrons upon entry.
With the escalation of violent crimes being a major concern across the island, Robin Russell, Head of Security for Reggae Sumfest says “based on the climate, with the level of violence, we will be even more vigilant in enforcing the rules. The police are on board and they will be vigilant to ensure that the patrons are safe.”
Some 300 security personnel, including members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and trained officials from private security firms will be engaged on each performance night of the Festival.
A confident Russell believes Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest will remain a safe zone, based on the history of the 25-year-old festival. “There has never been a major security concern at Sumfest,” shares the security specialist.
Patrons are advised to take steps to ensure their personal safety. Turn on the GPS on mobile phones, car pool, travel in authorised public vehicles, tell family members your whereabouts, travel with an ID, travel with friends, and purchase tickets from authorized outlets only. Festival goers are also encouraged to leave weapons at home, drink responsibly and be alert on the journey back home in case they are followed.
Medical safety is also a factor when attending festivals. As such, Reggae Sumfest has put the necessary measures in place to ensure a medical team is in place for the week of festivities, should there be emergencies. Attendees are also encouraged to travel with medication and/or wear medical bracelets.
Themed “Our Music, Our Festival”, Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s premiere music festival and kicks off with “The Adult Playground” Beach Party to be hosted by Yanique “The Curvy Diva” Barrett at Tropical Bliss Beach on Sunday, July 16. This will make way for Sumfest at Sunset, an inaugural sea cruise which leaves the Pier 1 dock on Monday, July 17. Pier 1 will be the hot spot for the All White Party on Tuesday, July 18 and the Blitz Retro Block Party with Stone Love, Swatch International, Ward 21, and veteran entertainers Sky Juice and Mr. Lexx on Wednesday, July 19.
Thursday, July 20 will then see Pier 1 host the Heavy Weight Sound Clash with juggling from Black Chiney and Bishop Escobar before the exciting clash between Germany based Warrior Sound International, clash champions No Limit Sound, Yard Beat and Soul Supreme. To bring the week to a climatic end, iconic venue Catherine Hall takes over for the highly-anticipated Night 1 and Night 2 on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.
Patrons are reminded of the Drink Right policy which enforces “no ID, no liquor”. Tickets are available atwww.eventbrite.com and ticket outlets island wide. For further details, visit www.reggaesumfest.com.