Los Angeles might be the home of Hollywood, but San Diego holds down the fort for a music mecca — specifically, reggae. Alternative acts have also risen from this SoCal paradise (cough, Blink-182, Jewel, Stone Temple Pilots, et. Al.), yet reggae rock bands, such as Slightly Stoopid and Tribal Seeds, reign at the top of the genre while calling San Diego home. The latter reggae rock heavyweight hosted their own reggae fest in February 2018, performing in the rundown, yet bestowing the headlining spot to homies in Stick Figure. That’s right, Boomshaka Festival was birthed half out of hometown pride and half the love for spreading loving reggae rock vibes.
“…Boomshaka brings that sunshine vibe right into January when we all could really use it.”
After such a successful event, first-year adopters were saddened to hear that Boomshaka was not set to return for 2019. Boo, what a shame. Well, for those who attended the premiere year and for those who have heard over the past two years how fun it was, we are pleased to announce the triumphant return of Boomshaka to Pechanga Arena (the venue formerly known as Sports Arena) this upcoming January 18th, 2020!
“The inaugural Boomshaka was such a fun event, we couldn’t wait to bring it back,” says Chris Goldsmith, president of Belly Up Entertainment. “San Diego has a lot of great summer events that celebrate our local lifestyle, but Boomshaka brings that sunshine vibe right into January when we all could really use it.”
It couldn’t have been said better, considering one month without sunshine really weighs on our psyche. So, let’s party! Presented by Belly Up Tavern and Ineffable Live, this reggae rock fiesta is shifting to include hip hop this time around, with the lovable, smiling reggae goddess of HIRIE hosting the whole thing. Headlining in 2020 will be Iration, with Cypress Hill and The Green slotted for direct support. What a mashup of sound and style! Returning to Boomshaka will be dancing Uncle Don himself, as well as KBong (of Stick Figure) although performing solo this time around. SD-locals Sensi Trails join the ballot, with east-coasters The Movement rounding out the bill in perfect form.
Considering this is a one-day event, tickets are a bang for your buck (to say the least)!! Plus, with the holidays nearly here, January will be here before you know it and you don’t want to miss out on this New Year’s party. For more information or to get your passes now, visit the links below.