Liverpool’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage, Positive Vibration, returns in June for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation and positivity.
Winner of ‘Best New Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016, Positive Vibration will play host to a plethora of internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems & selectors, a Reggae Q&A, creative workshops, a record fair & market, and plenty of tasty Caribbean food & drink.
Headlining this year’s festival will be legendary 2-Tone band The Selecter and King of the sound system, Jah Shaka.
Fronted by the iconic, Pauline Black, The Selecter were oneof the key bands of the U.K ska revival of the late ’70s and early ‘80s (along with Madness and The Specials), often tackling sexism along with racism and other social ills.
The legendary operator & producer, who hasbeenat the forefront of the UK reggae/dub scene since the mid-1970’s, will be bringing his full sound system for a 5 hour session.
This year sees the return of The Art of Reggae Exhibition – a successful collaboration between Positive Vibration and the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC). The exhibition, which supports the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, will showcase 100 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators & artists from all over the world.
Visitors will be able to bid on any of the framed posters by way of a silent auction and all profits from the sales will be donated to the Alpha Boys School – the vocational institution for underprivileged youths located in Kingston, Jamaica.
Friday: Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti-I, Reggae Roast, Earl Gateshead, MC Brother Culture, Saxon Sound System, Vibronics, I-mitri CounterAction, Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound System, DJ Andy Smith.
Saturday: The Selecter, The Scientist, Channel One Sound System, Don Letts, Prince Fatty, Horseman, Soul Jazz Records Sound System, Trojan Records Official Club Night w/ Pama International, Dubmatix, Charlie P, New Town Kings, The Hempolics.
Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae 2017
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
Friday 9th June – Saturday 10th June 2017
Tickets available from Skiddle here.