Mid-week Mashup: Summer Reggae/Soca Fests

Mid-Week Mashup (noun): A brief distraction from a steady stream of global news and talking heads; may take on any variation of random forms.

Good morrow to you, precious bastards! This week’s Mid-Week Mashup comes to you in the form of:

Summer Reggae/Soca Festivals

JA Reggae Sumfest

Nothing transcends cultures like reggae music.

‘Tis the season to go on holiday and the world is wide open to those whose papers are in order.  Many of you live in areas that experience the wickedest of winters. Some of you simply want to escape and let your hair down, or take it off, or whatever. It is summer, and no better time exists to get out and do something.

The hot, summer air is thick with music and much of it is reggae/dancehall interwoven with soca. There are festivals “on de hill”, “in di mountain”, “pon de rock”, “unda di bush”, and everywhere in between.

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear?

Ringing through the sky shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear?

Di pan, di pan sailing through di breeze

Whine yu waist an wuk up wid me

Whine yu waist an wuk up wid me

Yes friends, carnival season is in swing throughout Toronto, Canada, the US, and the Caribbean!  Do you remember?


Currently, this is running the border:

Try this is your next Zumba class, mates!

Or this:

Feelin’ hot, Hot. HOT yet? No? Taste this:

You ready now? Then please direct your attention to Barbados’ upcoming Soca on de Hill, Sunday, July 21st.

Soca on de Hill 2013

Do you remember the first reggae song you heard? What was it? When did you first fall in love with reggae/soca? What did it feel like?

Too hot? Need something a few beats milder? Onwards to the international reggae scene:

One Love Fest in Essex – 8/16 to 8/18

UK One Love Reggae Fest - Essex

Austria’s Hill Vibes Reggae in Otztal – 8/14

Austria Hill Vibes Reggae Fest

Belgium’s Reggae Geel 2013 in Geel – 8/2 to 8/3

Belgium Geel Reggae Fest

Croatia’s Seasplash Fest  in Pula – 7/18 to 7/22

Croatia Seasplash Reggae Fest

And happening in France…

Garance’s Reggae Fest 2013 in Bagnois – July 24 to July 27

Bagnois France Reggae Fest

No Logo Reggae Fest in Fraisans – 8/14 to 8/15

Fraisans France No Logo Reggae Fest

Nostang’s Percussions Du Monde 2013 – 7/12 to 7/13

Nostang France Les Percussions du Monde Reggae Fest

And in Germany…

Burtenbach’s Sunrise Reggae & Ska Fest – 7/12 to 7/14

Burtenbach Germany Reggae Fest

Mulheim’s a der Buhr’s Love, Peace & Music Fest – 7/19 to 7/21

Mulheim Germany Love Peace Music Reggae Fest

Of particular interest, Nordstemmen’s Weedbeat 2013 – 7/12 to 7/14

Nordstemmen Germany Weedbeat Reggae Fest

And in Italia…

Chioggia’s One Love Fest – July 25 to July 28

Chioggia Italy One Love Reggae Fest

Gargeghe’s Sardinia Reggae Fest – 8/1 to 8/4

Gargeghe Italy Reggae Fest

Venezia’s Sunsplash 2013 – 7/19 to 7/23

Venice Italy Sunsplash Reggae Fest

And across Poland…

Reggaeland 2013 in Plock – 7/12 to 7/14

Poland Reggaeland Reggae Fest

Ostroda Reggae Fest 2013 – 8/9 to 8/11

Ostroda Poland Reggae Fest


Spain’s Trash n’ Ready Fest in Barcelona – 8/10

Spain Trash n Ready Reggae Fest

Slovenia’s Overjam Reggae Fest in Tolmin – 8/14 to 8/17

Slovenia Overjam Reggae Fest

And that’s just a fraction of the action for your musical satisfaction. For more information and more event listings, please visit my good global neighbours over at reggaeville.com. I guarantee there is a festival happening near you – wherever in the world you are!

If any of you attend any event, do let me know – and share photos! It will certainly help ease the sleepless, lonely nights and long, listless days on house arrest under Her Majesty’s slumbering eye. Now go on! Enjoy summer!  I’ll let you know what you missed in the news in just a few days more. Cheeri-bum! #GodSavetheQueen


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