BLUE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Blue Mountain Music festival is a two day festival in a magical place: Holywell Recreational park, part of the Blue Mountains and John Crow National Park.
Imagine a reggae show smack in the middle of the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston. Just nature, reggae music, you and some like-minded friendly people. Well, it exists and it's called the Blue Mountain Music Festival. The festival is a newcomer on the scene but it looks like there's a heap of ambition behind this internationally oriented reggae festival.
The 2015 edition was on February 21 and 22. In January 2016, festival organiser Roshaun 'Bay C' Clarke announced the staging is being shifted to later this year. Patrons last year complained that it was too cold in the Blue Mountains in February. As Reggae tourist attended the first staging, we do agree that was hella cold, even with our extra jackets on!
Place to be is the Holywell Recreational Park, about 20 miles out of Kingston on the Irish Town - Newcastle road.
The 2015 line up included amongst others: T.O.K., Tarrus Riley, Fantan Mojah, Freddy McGregor, Chino, Pentateuch, Rootz Underground, and Voicemail.
Hollywell is an exhilarating one hour drive from Kingston up the mountains. You should check the festival website and make reservations on the festival shuttle service. You could take a taxi from Kingston but it's going to cost you about $7000 JA.
It can be really cold up there, really. Bring a sweater and a coat. Expect some rain, you're in the clouds.
It's a two day stage show and it makes sense to spend the night there, in a tent that is. You can buy one in Kingston. Information on when and if the shuttle goes down the mountain at night can be sketchy at best.
Read a short review from united reggae with beautiful pictures from the 2015 edition.
Read the review of the 2015 staging in the Jamaica Gleaner