It’s the New Year and that means we are that much closer to another amazing reggae music festival! If you have been, you know the beauty and magic that takes place at Reggae Rise Up Florida… and, if you haven’t been before, it’s about time you come experience it. In the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, where art and music proudly flow all over the city, on the inner coastal waterfront overlooking the Tampa Bay, lays Vinoy Park, home of Reggae Rise Up Florida. The vibes there are like no other: so many people from different places, sharing the RRUF experience together, with so much positive vibrations that you can physically feel it.
2021 was the year that live music returned, when everyone came back stronger than ever alongside top reggae bands, giving everything they had on the stage, putting on amazing performances like nothing was going to stop them and the fans’ energy was just… insane. Although that was only months ago, it’s time for Reggae Rise Up once again, returning to its pre-COVID calendar month of March, at last!
The energy is still going high for this year’s RRUF; it’s the seventh year and you are not going to want to miss it.
To be the best reggae music festival, you must have the best and RRU does not slack on anything. They bring the best artists, vendors and musicians (in partnership with Live Nite Events) for an unforgettable weekend every time. Bringing together top artists from around the world, from both near and far, they always seem to find the bands that blow your mind, creating the best lineups to go all weekend and give you an unforgettable event every year. This year, Hawaii is represented by some great bands like Pepper, The Green, Kolohe Kai and, of course, the beautiful Anuhea. Not originally from Hawaii, yet another beautiful and talented woman is Eli Mac mixed in throughout the weekend. Pepper is a wild performance you got to see for yourself — I love it when they come to town!
Of course, you can’t have a major reggae festival without representing Jamaica and this year goes BIG with Shaggy and Protoje, as well as similar rootsy vibes from Nattali Rize (albeit Australian). RRUF22 brings together what I call my favorite type of music, ‘Ja-waiian music’, a nice mix between Jamaican and Hawaiian reggae. It doesn’t stop there; they even have another one of my favorites, Steel Pulse, and a ton of other great bands from other locations. A few locals from Florida, like The Hip Abduction, Artikal Sound System, Seranation and Drifting Roots, are all great bands you won’t want to miss either and, if you don’t know, you need to check all of them out! You never know what you might see with a Seranation show, from crowd-surfing on a surfboard to huge backflips on and offstage… it’s always an amazing performance.
And, that’s just naming a few! To top it off, RRUF22 has headliners Rebelution on Friday, Slightly Stoopid on Saturday and Iration on Sunday for a spectacular three days of reggae, with so much contagious energy and good vibes! And, even that’s still not all of them. You don’t want to miss this, so go check out the rest of the lineup and information at reggaeriseupflorida.com for your tickets. We will see you there!