Top 10 Reggae Festivals Outside Jamaica

Top 10 Reggae Festivals Outside Jamaica

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Pai Reggae Festival. Thailand

No surprise that Thailand’s annual

reggae festival would be held in one of the most hippie travel destinations in the world. Located just outside Chang Mai in North Thailand, Pai is hippie haven surrounded by

mountains and all things green. The Pai Reggae Festival is a three-day long event where Bob Marley wannabes bring their tents and camp out to sounds of classic reggae music.

Ostróda Reggae Festival. Poland

You have probably never put the words ‘reggae’ and ‘Poland’ in the same sentence, but the Ostroda Reggae festival

in Ostroda, Poland is one of Eastern Europe’s largest concerts for reggae music lovers. Now in its 12th year, the three-stages festival attracts world-renowned reggae and dub

artists, international diplomats and thousands of reggae fans from across the world. The message: promote respect, tolerance and peaceful coexistence of all nations,

nationalities and colors of the skin.




For 10 years in a row, Reggaetown has been bringing a dose of ‘Jam Rock’ to the land down under. Situated amidst the rainforest, adjacent to the World Heritage

areas of Barron Falls National Park in the small village of Kuranda near Cairns, Reggaetown is the perfect spot for dreaded Aussies to lay down their surfboards and catch some

of the biggest acts in reggae music.

Summerjam. Germany

Deutschland hosts quite a few reggae festivals throughout the year, but none of them

compare to Summerjam. For 27 years, that’s right, 27 years Cologne has played host to quite possibly the most well-known reggae festival in Europe. Acts like Black Uhuru,

Stephen Marley an Sean Paul have graced their stages and rocked out for tens of thousands of people. Held in the beautiful city of Cologne, Summerjam is a MUST for a summer Euro



One Love Jamaica Festival. Japan


Japanese have had an obsession with reggae music since the 70′s. At the famous Dancehall Contest in Montego Bay Jamaica, Japanese dancer Junko Kudo, was the first non-Jamaican

ever to take the grand prize home. So it’s no wonder that the annual One Love Jamaica Festival at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo is the largest and most well-known reggae music festival

in all of Asia. The festival lasts two days with famous reggae talents and Jamaican food with a Japanese twist.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. USA

Dedicated to nurturing peace and promoting conscious music, Sierra Nevada Reggae and World Music Festival has been in existence for over 20 years. For three days,

festival-going peace seekers camp out and jam out to the sounds of reggae and world music from some of the most popular artists around the world.


Garance Festival.


Paris is awesome, but so is the southern region of France. 100 km right outside of Marseilles at Arthur Rimbaud Park in Bagnols-sur-Cèze is the home of France’s

largest reggae festival. This past year Garance saw more than 45,000 festival goers in attendance to see acts like Rita Marley and the ‘Queen of Reggae’ Martha Griffiths with an

incredible line up of the best deejays in dub.

Rototom Sunsplash Festival. Spain

Over 25,000 people from 96 countries, no sponsors, a legendary

lineup on the beach in Benicassim, Spain. Apparently at the Rototom Sunsplash Festival it goes down and for a good cause. The Rototom non-profit collective donates all its

proceeds to humanitarian charity efforts so you can feel good about yourself after partying all night.

Back to Africa Festival. Gambia

Why “Back

to Africa”? Because for the founders of the festival the message represents “Black is Beautiful”. And although the three-day festival is in its freshman year, it welcomed 400+

international tourists and featured over 35 artists and DJs. The event was launched in January 2012 by one of the most successful reggae labels, Ariwa Sounds, to celebrate 30

years of making good music. The festival’s host, Mad Professor is known for mixing reggae with different genres so expect to hear dubstep, dancehall, roots and lovers rock.

Uppsala Reggae Festival. Sweden

Uppsala has been dubbed the “The Reggae Mecca of Scandinavia” and it’s the home of Scandinavia largest strictly

reggae festival in Scandinavia. Located in Sweden fourth largest city and approximately 44 miles north of Stockholm, the Uppsala Reggae festival has featured great acts such as

burning Spear, Third World and Kymani Marley for the past 25 years. Founder Yared Tekeste, calls it “a meeting place for people who need to express and experience love and

togetherness. We call it Oneness. Our contribution is Oneness.”




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