On February 22 and 23 the hills of Holywell will come alive as Bombrush Records and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) host the inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival. The festival boasts a hybrid of music, culture and outdoor adventure, set against the panoramic landscape of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.
The Blue Mountain Music Festival, an official Reggae Month event, will feature two days of performances, yoga, hiking, camping and an array of entertainment for the entire family. Festival promoters promise an experience synonymous with the acclaimed Woodstock Festival, and encourage patrons to take advantage of the overnight camping facilities and outdoor activities.
On Saturday, February 22nd, gates open at 2 p.m. and the Reggae Party begins at 7 p.m., featuring the legendary Third World band, Tanya Stephens, Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid, among others. On Sunday, February 23rd, gates re-open at 11a.m. and the Misty Bliss concert starts at 2 p.m., featuring T.O.K., Nomaddz, Ity and Fancy Cat, Kelissa and Jesse Royal.
Sharing his vision for the Blue Mountain Music Festival, Executive Director of Bombrush Records, Roshaun Clarke, sees the event evolving to become “one of the premiere music festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Diversity in the genres of music presented and offering innovative attractions will be key to achieving this.”
Daytime activities include guided hikes, yoga, Maroon drumming, stilt-walkers, fire-breathers and storytelling.
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park 21st Anniversary Celebrations
“The Blue Mountain Music Festival is the first in a week-long series of events celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the designation of the Blue and John Crow Mountains as a National Park,” shared Dr. Susan Otuokon, Executive Director of the JCDT. “The festival will raise awareness and funds for the park, while encouraging Jamaicans to visit and enjoy the cool, crisp ambiance at Holywell.”
Tickets and festival information
Tickets start at $2,500 for day passes and $5,000 for season passes, which are available at Woolworth, Xtras, Cove Cinema in Ocho Rios and online at TouchTix.net.
Proceeds from the Blue Mountain Music Festival will benefit the JCDT and TOK’s Guardian Angel Foundation.
Sponsors include the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Bombrush Records, RJR Communications Group, Anubis Communications, Telegens, Got Creative Design & Photography and Listen Mi Caribbean.
Visit bluemountainmusicfestival.com or email [email protected] for information.