REVIEW: Reggae Rise Up Florida Sun, fun and lots of good vibes
This past weekend, Reggae Rise Up hosted an incredible gathering of reggae lovers at Vinoy Park along the spectacular shores of St. Petersburg, Florida. True to their form, they offered an incredible program of music, beautiful art, good food and a festival experience full of fun to over 15,000 festival goers with some definite highlights to highlight. It was a perfect combination of reggae music and relaxed coastal culture.
One of the big challenges for the festival’s founder Vaughn Carrick and partners joey somni together with your team a Live night events is to constantly offer an alignment equal to or better than that of previous years, a feat that is certainly not an easy endeavor given that last year’s headlines included Dirty heads, Stephen and Damian Marley, A little hunched overi Rebellion among other prominent names in the reggae / rock genre. This year’s lineup included some regulars we’re used to seeing on Reggae Rise Up along with two Grammy Award winners. Shaggy, which made an amazing set and perhaps should have been the headliner, serving as one of the most important names on the billboard, and these bands certainly did not disappoint. For those looking for traditional reggae music, the whole weekend was packed with memorable sets of the English reggae roots feel. Steel powder and Jamaican singer / songwriter Protoje, which was kept on stage. Perhaps the most amazing ensemble was the rap / funk master of Minneapolis atmosphere, who had the crowd moving their hands from side to side throughout their performance.
Reggae Rise Up has become the entry festival to the summer destination for those who want to escape the cold and enjoy watching live band performances in a summer setting by the sea.
Reggae Rise Up has become the iconic St. Petersburg music festival since it first planted its flag in 2015. The annual festival also includes an incredible amount of art that is created during the three-year-old festival. days and serves as a meeting place for international music lovers who traveled from distant places such as Japan, Australia and India, coming to Florida to attend the three-day musical extravaganza. While most of the attendees were from Florida, others came from almost every corner of the United States to savor the first taste of summer, where they could wear beachwear ahead of the rest of the country while the winter thaw continues.
If you’re scared of walking long distances and want to park near the site, parking has always been a problem for Rise Up attendees. But just getting to the festival presented its own challenges, as there are only a few public lots near the seafront festival entrance that filled up early. If you arrived early in the morning, you may have been lucky and found a parking space a few blocks from the entrance; otherwise, shared travel became the choice of many to get to the site. Travel operators Uber and Lyft charged higher rates known as “increased prices” for a trip, and those who did not want to deal with the search for a parking spot on the coveted street did that many would walk or even ride a few miles instead of paying a lot. parking and / or transport prices.
Although attendance figures have not yet been released, the festival had a large turnout with an estimated audience of over 15,000 music lovers per day. The only thing that is sure of Reggae Rise Up is consistency; this well-run festival is now a well-established and prestigious event that continues to attract a large number to the annual meeting in front of the bay. If you’ve been to Reggae Rise Up in the past, you know it’s a weekend party full of an amazing list of headline acts and numerous pop-up acts. There are some bands that have made trips back to the Reggae Rise Up music festival, included Iration, pepper, i Tribal seeds.
As with many festivals, security has been a topic of discussion in recent years. This festival did a great job making everyone have a great time, feeling safe without exaggerating. Before they could enter the festival, the bags were checked and everyone had to go through a metal detector; This, of course, gives you a sense of security, as those who check in the bags that come into the enclosure do their job thoroughly with meaningless behavior, while being friendly and professional. Upon entering the venue, the first thing you came across was an identity check; this is where 21-year-olds received bracelets that allowed them to buy adult drinks and eliminated the need to constantly show their ID whenever they wanted more drinks. For those who wanted to enjoy it, there were plenty of beer stalls to satisfy. There were plenty of shops for those visiting the vendors ’booths at the festival grounds. Swag included hats, T-shirts, sunglasses, coozies and lots of food and drink samples. Between the two stages there was very good food to choose from. There was a wide variety of food from all kinds of vendors ranging from meats to pizzas to Asian noodles that could satisfy the most demanding palette.
Both festival stages had fans coming and going between sets. While most of the sets did not overlap, there were some that did. Many decided to sunbathe and relax in the hammocks, a great place to soak up the sun and watch an intimate live musical performance. The smallest stage is where fans can enjoy a close and personal musical experience of bands such as Bumpin ‘Uglies, The hip abduction, i Seranation. Both stages provided excellent lighting and sound, providing attendees with an incredible musical experience.
On Friday, the first day, Mother Nature adorned the grounds with clear skies and lots of sunshine and presented the audience with an almost perfect weather with temperatures ranging from mid to low 80. It was an amazing day of fun full of good music. and something that has become a regular event at RRU: live art creations that caught everyone’s attention between the music stages. Festival headliners Rebellion they were in top form with lots of horns and moments of well-being that made the crowd dance in their place and move their hands from side to side. Sojaq, steel powder, i The Green each made incredible montages while the crowd in the sun enjoyed the soft melodies.
The highlight of the day was a San Diego performance Sensi Trails; Cali’s psychedelic reggae, surf and rock band offered an acoustically rich ensemble that made the crowd sing almost every word. Performers Saturday included Rebulation, SoJa, Steel Pulse, The Green, Rising Appalachia, The Bumpin ‘Uglies, Natalli Rize, Eli Mac, Sensi Trails, Will Evans, i Drifting roots.
Saturday, the second and busiest of the three days, started with an almost perfect time again. Under a blue sky, sailors soon anchored next to Vinoy Park Dock; although they did not have a clear view of the stages, they had all the sound. The first to arrive had a chance to catch up Honey dogs, which got people light in a groove with lots of good vibes. From there Kyle Smith and local St. Petersburg Seranation each offers animated sets to local band fans who have become a fan favorite on Reggae Rise Up. Funky Reggae rockers Tropedic it was very energetic with non-stop sets of songs that put everyone in a complete mood. There were a lot of fun moments, including the Koleme Kai set that kept the band smiling throughout their set; obviously they were happy there. A name that is growing rapidly in the reggae festival circuit is Artikal sound system. The South Florida-based band was having fun on stage with an energetic show that also saw the rock side of the band with a brief hard rock jam. The headliner of the day A little hunched over it was all that the crowd came for. However, the band performed on a somewhat dark stage that did not make the most of the excellent light setup of the main stage. There were also several outstanding performances, including those of Protoje i Atmosphere.
The last day of Reggae Rise Up brought a slightly cloudy sky that helped cool the previous day’s sunburn a bit. While the clouds were there, it was still scorching hot. The influx of people reappeared, arriving early. If there was a prominent performer, Shaggy he should definitely get his head around it. The Jamaican-born Grammy Award-winning performer put on an awesome set with lots of songs we all knew, including “Bombastic” and “In The Summertime.” Based in San Diego Tribal seeds he was also the fan’s favorite performer on Sunday. The band was fun and involved the audience by swinging them from side to side throughout the set. Other bands that performed on Sunday were Tribe of 1, Surfer Girl, Tunnel view, Brother Ali, The hip abduction, Tribal seeds, Pepperand, to close the festival, Iration.
It will be interesting to see what surprises Live Nite Events has to offer for Reggae Rise Up 2023. Reggae Rise Up Las Vegas, which will take place this October. Although the St. This year’s Pete has just finished, there are thousands of people already making plans to return to Vinoy Park to gather with friends, sunbathe and listen to some amazing bands next year. One thing is for sure: Reggae Rise Up has found out. they constantly offer a weekend full of music, food, drinks and art that leaves attendees satisfied and looking forward to coming back next year.