Middlesbrough is set to host its first ever Reggae festival in early 2019.
The event which is the first of its kind to be held in Middlesbrough will include music from a range of live acts and DJ’s alongside reggae inspired cuisine and has been dubbed a ‘celebration of reggae’.
The performances will include three live tributes to some of the best known reggae acts including ‘The Marley Experience’ known as ‘the ultimate bob Marley tribute’ who will play along with Ultimate 40 and the Piragons.
Ultimate 40 are a tribute to reggae legends UB40 and among its talented musicians are those who have played alongside Ali Campbell himself as well as bands such as Aswad, Steel Pulse, and John Holt.
The third of the live tribute acts are The Piragons, who pay tribute to an iconic legend in reggae music John Holt.
Mike Quatro, who is part of the band and co-manages The Piragons, said: “I’ve loved and grown up with reggae throughout my life. It is fabulously relaxing music that I am proud to be taking part in.”
“The three bands involved are really excited and thoroughly looking forward to it in Middlesbrough as it’s a UK first.”
Michael Hill , from event organisers Special Brew Promotions , said: “Reggae is massively popular on Teesside and has been for a lot of years.”
“With clubs like Club Bongo International being a mainstay in the area and well known throughout the country, it made sense.
“The venue in Middlesbrough is amazing. Great facilities and in a great area, adds to the vibrancy of the Southfield Road circuit.
“If this event at Teesside Uni is a success, we hope to do a festival annually.”
The festival is taking place on the May 4 in The Hub (2nd floor), Teesside SU, Campus Heart, Middlesbrough and doors open at 5pm.
Tickets are on sale now and cost £17.50 in advance and £20 on the door with VIP packages being offered at £25 which will include access to an exclusive seating area, early entry and a chance to meet the bands.
Trainee Journalist at Teesside University