Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash, the ground-breaking festival that became world-renowned for all the great artistes that performed there, will return in November 2020, following a 14-year hiatus. It will be held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, a spacious outdoor venue located near Ocho Rios on the north coast.
Founded by Synergy Productions, the inaugural Reggae Sunsplash was staged 1978 in Montego Bay and featured six nights of dusk-till-dawn concerts showcasing Jamaica’s finest reggae acts, including Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Jacob Miller and Inner Circle, Third World and Toots and the Maytals. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths and Gregory Isaacs are some of the other reggae legends who performed at Sunsplash. It was held each summer between 1978 and 1992 in Montego Bay - except for 1980, when it was held in Kingston -- using football field Jarrett Park and the Bob Marley Entertainment Centre as its venues. The festival moved around the island between 1993 and 1996, with one-offs in 1998 and 2006. But now, the festival is returning under new ownership. Guardsman Group Ltd, one of Jamaica’s largest security