Reggae Sumfest Goes Virtual
It is a glaring fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has ravished the globe generally, leaving a number of casualties as a result. Among the count of these casualties are our live events -- music, sports and others. Reggae Sumfest, dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth, is no exception to this.
However, through our resilience as humans, new norms have been established and, new ways are being charted to carry on with our lives. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 staging of Reggae Sumfest will not take place as we are accustomed to, but will take the form of a new norm -- virtual.
Virtual Reggae Sumfest will make avail a variety of activities that will be showcased via live stream and otherwise on Facebook's platforms between July 20 and 25, a week after the originally scheduled dates.
Joe Bogdanovich, chairman and CEO of Downsound Entertainment -- the producers of Reggae Sumfest and this Facebook collaboration, provided the background to the landmark alliance,“The relationship began in 2019, at the New York launch, when we toured their headquarters."
Among the slate of activities will be highlights of past performances, interviews with artists, and music workshops and panels done in conjunction with the Facebook/Instagram team, as well as Pandora. It will culminate on July 24 and 25 with the broadcast of virtual performances via FB/IG LIVE. Night one is slated to have Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, Shenseea, Teejay, Chronic Law, Konshens and others, while night two will see Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Freddie Mc Gregor, Maxi Priest, Koffee and others.
Patrons can watch for free and access further updates on Reggae Sumfest official website, as well as its FB/IG accounts.