Joining the already packed lineup for Florida's fave festival, Reggae Rise Up, comes second-round artists. In case you missed it, the festival unveiled first-round names a few weeks back, including headliner Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Josh Heinrichs, HIRIE, The Movement and more. The excitement spread like wildfire.
We hope you are ready for the Phase Two Artist announcement for Reggae Rise Up Florida 2019 (RRUF), so let's dive right in. Florida locals, Serenation have been putting crazy amounts of time into touring and it has paid off. The St. Pete natives have made the RRUF 2019 bill for the first time and their Floridian following will be out in full force! The band's latest album Livin The Dream is now available, too. Every one of these artists mentioned has been persevering through hectic tour schedules, album drops and life in between. The main connecting factor is how much these bands have put into their dreams to have them become reality.
… each year, our expectations are met and then exceeded.
Up next, Arise Roots is a six-member group of veteran 'Roots Reggae' musicians based out of Los Angeles known for their live performances – a set you don't want to miss! The people have spoken… Bumpin Uglies made the bill. Perfect timing with the newest album Beast From The East out now!! I swear by this band and the music they produce. The band's current success is a direct result of years upon years of touring, busting their asses and never giving up or giving in. All of these men are top-notch. As we speak, they are touring, so be sure to see them in a city near you.
The intense and captivatingly conscious Natali Rize makes the cut, becoming RRUF alumni after last year's eye-opening and mind-broadening performance. Looking forward to another collaboration since last year, Rize hit the stage for Iya Terra's set. Trevor Hall is an artist who mixes up roots, folk and reggae. Hall's lyrics are transformatively spiritual and his vibrations are soothing. It is hard to explain his sound because it is something one must hear live.
Sticky Fingers, a reggae fusion/indie rock band formed in 2008 in Sydney, Australia is set to grace the RRUF stage and it is going to be insane. After a two-year hiatus, the flood gates broke open on March 26th, 2018 after a IG post to the band's account announcing the band's return! I personally will be waiting in anticipation till March for this one performance that I never thought I would see.
For over 40 years, Steel Pulse, formed in 1975 in Birmingham, England, has been pumping out savory roots reggae music. They are such forceful influences in most of the music you hear today and bring such a gigantic amount of talent and history to each performance. Last up, a band that has risen rapidly through the ranks and are still just revving up the engine at the top: Rebelution will be making yet another appearance at the oceanside venue that is Vinoy Park in stunning St. Pete. Rebelution closed out Day One this past March at RRUF; each year, our expectations are met and then exceeded.
Tickets are available now and we haven't even finished the full lineup announcements yet. That said, daily lineups are almost complete, to give you a taste of the weekend rundown. Whether you spring for the full experience with a weekend wristband or a single-day pass, buy the ticket, make new friends, vibe out and send a smile my way if you can catch me. For more information, visit www.reggaeriseupflorida.com.