VICTORIA’S 16TH ANNUAL SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL


VICTORIA’S 16TH ANNUAL SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCE FULL LINE-UP!

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Victoria’s and Ska and Reggae Festival came in hot with the unveiling of the majority of its line-up along with the Rocksteady Collective multimedia program and a number of other exciting features for this year’s event. But today organizers are excited to add to the impressive list of bands that are coming from around the world to celebrate our 16th annual edition.

Editor’s Note:  Tragedy struck the Alchemystics family with the passing of roadie Geronimo ‘Budzy’ Dobbs and drummer, band leader, producer and friend Demse Zullo.  Thanks for everyone for their thoughts and wishes and positivity.   There is a funding campaign that has been started by the Zullo family located here. http://www.gofundme.com/tq9e6aw

Joining the charge for this year’s event will be Stickybuds (reggae/funk/dancehall mashup artist and Shambhla resident DJ; Mindil Beach (formerly Mindil Beach Markets) who will headline the festival’s Canada Day Special at Sugar Nightclub; The Real McKenzies – Celtic punk heroes that will be making their first appearance on the festival in 8 years; House of Shem – all Maori reggae juggernauts and one of New Zealand’s best; Victoria’s own Carmanah and Ali & the Buds will be making their first ever appearances on Victoria’s Annual Ska & Reggae Festival.

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Wed Jul 1st HEPCAT, MORGAN HERITAGE, Third World, The Slackers, STICKYBUDS, Mustard Plug, DUBMATIX SOUNDSYSTEM, Clinton Fearon, The Red Gold and Green Machine , Kobo Town, The Real McKenzies, HOUSE OF SHEM, De Bruces A Mi, Tasman Jude, Dope Soda, Carmanah, Downtown Mischief, Ali and the Budz @  Various Venues  Victoria BC

Wed Jul 1st Mindil Beach Markets, Kutapira, Downtown Mischief, Sweet Leaf, DJ Anger @ Sugar  Victoria BC

Thu Jul 2nd Kobo Town, Dope Soda, Tasman Jude, Boomshack @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)  Victoria BC

Thu Jul 2nd STICKYBUDS, DUBMATIX SOUNDSYSTEM, Ydna Murd @ Distrikt  Victoria BC [Get Tickets]

Fri Jul 3rd MORGAN HERITAGE, The Slackers, Keith and Tex, DJ Dubconscious @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)  Victoria BC

Fri Jul 3rd Third World, The Red, Gold and Green Machine, Blackwood Kings, Tank Gyal @ Sugar  Victoria BC

Sat Jul 4th HEPCAT, Mustard Plug, Breakestra, De Bruces A Mi, The Leg-Up Program, DJ Su Comandante @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)  Victoria BC

Sat Jul 4th The Real McKenzies, Hillside Hooligans, MC Unite! @ Tally Ho Sports Bar and Grill  Victoria BC

Sat Jul 4th Clinton Fearon, Carmanah, Kristie McCracken  @ Victoria Event Centre  Victoria BC

Sun Jul 5th HOUSE OF SHEM, Arise Roots, Whitey, Ali and the Budz @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)  Victoria BC 

These above listings are just for the festival’s marquee ticketed shows! There are also free shows at Ship Point July 2 & 5 as well as free workshops, film screenings and our Rocksteady Collective multimedia arts program that will be integrated into a variety of presentations at Ship Point and at Lacey Lou’s on Broad Street. Lacey Lou’s will also feature a Rocksteady Collective arts exhibit that will run July 1 – 19, 2015. Notably on Sunday, July 5, 2015 there will be a live show at Lacey Lou’s featuring DEF 3 and DIA-NOS among others following the closing free harbour show at Ship Point.

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FULL LINE-UP FOR VICTORIA’S 16TH ANNUAL SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL
HEPCAT (LA)
MORGAN HERITAGE (JAMAICA/USA)
THIRD WORLD (JAMAICA)
THE SLACKERS (BROOKLYN NY)
STICKYBUDS (KELOWNA BC) *JUST ANNOUNCED
KEITH AND TEX (backed by The Slackers) (MIAMI/TORONTO)
MUSTARD PLUG (MICHIGAN)
BREAKESTRA (LA)
DUBMATIX (TORONTO)
CLINTON FEARON (JAMAICA/USA)
MINDIL BEACH (VICTORIA) *JUST ANNOUNCED
KOBO TOWN (TRINIDAD/TORONTO)
HOUSE OF SHEM (NEW ZEALAND) *JUST ANNOUNCED
THE REAL MCKENZIES (VANCOUVER) *JUST ANNOUNCED
THE BOOM BOOMS (VANCOUVER)
DE BRUCES A MI (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
DOPE SODA (NANAIMO BC)
KUTAPIRA (VANCOUVER)
THE LEG UP PROGRAM (VICTORIA)
TASMAN JUDE (GRAND PRAIRE, ALBERTA)
THE RED, GOLD AND GREEN MACHINE (LA/VANCOUVER)

ARISE ROOTS (LA)
CARMANAH (VICTORIA) *JUST ANNOUNCED
HILLSIDE HOOLIGANS (VICTORIA)
DJ DUBCONSCIOUS (VANCOUVER)
DEF 3 (REGINA)
WHITEY (VANCOUVER)
DOWNTOWN MISCHIEF (VICTORIA)
TANK GYAL (VANCOUVER)
DIA-NOS (VICTORIA)
SWEETLEAF (VICTORIA)
KRISTIE MCCRACKEN (VANCOUVER)
BLACKWOOD KINGS (VICTORIA)
DJ ANGER (VICTORIA)
BOOMSHACK (NANAIMO)
ALI & THE BUDS (VICTORIA) *JUST ANNOUNCED
MC UNITE! (VICTORIA)
YDNA MURD (VICTORIA)
DJ SU COMANDANTE ESPINOZA (VANCOUVER)

FOR TICKETS

In Store Tickets locations:
Victoria – Lyle’s Place, Jupiter Victoria, The Reef, Tourist Info Centre & ticketweb.ca)
Vancouver – Highlife Records, Highlife Records, Beat Street Records & ticketweb.ca
Nanaimo – Fascinating Rhythms
Duncan – Area 51
JUPITER LOUNGE VIP FULL FEST PACKAGE (19+ to purchase); Victoria BC Ska Society is proud to bring on board JUPITER VICTORIA on board our platinum sponsor for Victoria’s 16th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival. Now we won’t just have a VIP area but rather THE JUPITER LOUNGE! So our new VIP ticket packages will include exclusive access to the JUPITER LOUNGE at all ticketed festival presentations at Ship Point Inner Harbour. The Jupiter VIP Full Fest Package gets you: four daytime shows and five evening shows, VIP area for ticketed events at Ship Point, VIP Beverage Service for ticketed events at Ship Point, VIP Bathroom at Ship Point, skip the line privileges at all venues, guaranteed admission at all venues until one hour before the event ends.

Price: $225 + s/c early bird
Full Festival Pass (19yrs+ to purchase)
What it gets you: Four daytime shows and five evening shows.
On sale: now!
Price: $139.50 + s/c – price will climb as we near event. 19+
Harbour Pass (All ages)
What it gets you: four daytime shows including the premium performances on Friday and Saturday.
Price: $59.50 early bird, $70 regular advance
All-ages
Individual Passes (All ages and 19yrs+ depending on ticket purchased)
What it gets you: whatever you want. All shows offer single tickets.
Price: $16.50- $40
All-ages and 19+
For more information on ticketing please visit www.skafest.ca and click on the ticket tab or visit this link
ticketweb.ca link: http://tktwb.tw/1iHCq7V that has all the tickets for the festival on the same page.

Additional Info:
• This year the Saturday show will be an all day and evening affair from 2pm – 10pm. No fenced in beer
garden either!
• Children 10 and under will be free with accompanying adult.
• Thursday and Sunday in the harbour are free.
• There will also be a series of free workshops to be announced between now and the event.

About the Victoria BC Ska Society and The Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival:

The Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival is produced by Victoria BC Ska Society (VBCSS). Headed by Creative Director Dane Roberts, the VBCSS is an artistic musical non-profit organization that is comprised of a handful of organizers, volunteers and Board of Directors whose main goal is to keep Victoria’s Annual Ska Festival improving and evolving each year, as well as to preserve the profile of ska and its related genres year-round. All those involved in the Society have a burning passion for supporting the ska and reggae scene throughout
Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland of BC as well Canada and the rest of the world.

The festival brings in thousands of fans every year from all over BC, the rest of Canada and the world. Past performers include Toots & the Maytals, Barrington Levy, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mad Caddies, Fishbone, The Aggrolites, Mos Def, Dub FX, Current Swell, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding of The Specials, Ky-Mani Marley, The Planet Smashers, Katchafire, The Black Seeds, Ken Boothe, Shaggy, The Skatalites, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Jon and Roy, Easy Star All-Stars, and The Slackers.

 

Editor’s Note:  Tragedy struck the Alchemystics family with the passing of roadie Geronimo ‘Budzy’ Dobbs and drummer, band leader, producer and friend Demse Zullo.  Thanks for everyone for their thoughts and wishes and positivity.   There is a funding campaign that has been started by the Zullo family located here. http://www.gofundme.com/tq9e6aw 

Check out the Live Music News and Review.com Facebook page for updates and announcements.

To Submit a review for consideration hit us at lmnandr@gmail.com

  

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