Here in Jamaica, there's always music to party to. For an ordinary visitor it's only a sweet muzak, but for a devoted fan, it's a good reason for a trip to this greenest of Caribbean islands. From deep dub night sets to sound-system parties on the beach—you can find everything at any time of the year. If you are longing for being a part of the most prominent and unforgettable rush, grab your bottle of rum and head for Reggae Sumfest, the most prominent annual musical festival in Jamaica since 1993.
Initially, it took shape as a promoters' move to attract tourists during summer months. But very soon this has grown into a breathtaking festival that takes place every July in Montego Bay.
The two nights of the hottest Jamaican party is boosted by pre-parties and spin-off events from dusk till dawn. The whole town gets into the groove, so hotel rooms are in high demand during this period.
Being the most prominent music festival in Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest is also the most authentic Reggae Festival in the world. It is known for the most original lineups. Both the Jamaican and International stars of Reggae and Dancehall artists such as The Mighty Diamonds, Stephen Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Ziggy Marley, and Dennis Brown, appeared on the stage. Reggae Sumfest also incorporated performances of the most significant stars in music such as Kanye West, Lionel Ritchie, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Usher, and others.
Remember that the best finale of the party is an early morning dip in the sea, and ackee, dumplings, or saltfish for breakfast. Get some sleep and be ready for round two.