Reggae Sumfest lives up to its boastful slogan, "The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth." The festivities kick off the weekend prior to the main events with the Sumfest Beach Party at Aquasol Theme Park on Montego Bay's Hip Strip on Sunday afternoon (starting at 3 p.m.). The party revs up for the Sumfest All White Party at Pier 1 on Tuesday, 14 July, where guest selectors build the crescendo with crowd-pleasing sounds for the reggae massiv.
Patrons then dive into the unadulturated full-on exposure to Jamaica's home grown creme de la creme on Thursday for Sumfest Dancehall Explosion, with top acts of yesteryear and the latest IT artists of today. Veteratan artistes like Lady Saw, Capleton and Demarco will share the Sumfest stage with contemporary favorites like I Octane, Bugle, Aidonia, Konshens, Popcaan, Spice, Tommy Lee and Ding Dong, alongside up-and-coming acts like Dexta Daps, Gage, Ishawna, Gaza Slim, J Capri, Rhyme Minista, Ricky Teetz, Chilando, Konfydence and Patexx.
At Showtime, on International Night I, Friday Night, a selection of top Jamaican roots artists of yesterday and today, namely Cocoa Tea, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid and Keznamdi, will perform alongside international artists Rick Ross and Common.
Sumfest will come to a climax on Saturday Night (or Sunday morning to be more precise) for Star Time, on Inernational Night II, when a selection of Jamaican artists who have grown far beyond the islands shores in appeal will perform in addition to top imported acts. The 2015 line up includes Beenie Man, Kalado, Denyque, Chris Martin, Jennifer Hudson, Chi Ching Ching, Zagga, Raine Seville, Ikaya and Dwane Antonio.