The largest reggae festival in the Netherlands has been around for five years and that is why Reggae Rotterdam is going big. Bob Marley’s son will perform with The Wailers in a unique tribute concert, international artists will be on the program and there will be a surprise act. Reggae Rotterdam takes place in and around Ahoy Rotterdam on Saturday 24 July 1978. Quickly score your ticket!
There is much more than just music. For the children there is a kids area where they can play, there is a silent disco and even a funfair on the site. Of course, delicious food is not missing on this day. Feast on Caribbean and Jamaican delicacies between shows. Yum!
A tribute to Bob Marley
Most proud is Issam from the organization of Reggae Rotterdam at the tribute to Bob Marley. “In 1978 Bob Marley performed with his band in Ahoy. Our first thought was: I wish I could have been there!” That thought stuck and that’s how the organization came into contact with the children of Bob Marley. “Julian Marley wanted to perform with The Wailers in Ahoy at our festival and imitate his father’s show. So this summer it’s like being back in 1978!”
There are many more big names on it the three stages during Reggae Rotterdam this year. For example Big Mountain, known for Baby I Love Your Way and the world famous Sean Paul. It doesn’t stop there. Issam: “This year again we have a surprise act. I can’t say anything about it yet, but it is of course our anniversary party and the surprise act also fits in with that.” Previous surprise acts at Rotterdam Reggae were Jimmy Cliff, Wyclef Jean and Grace Jones. That’s promising!
Three stages, six areas
The rest of the line-up certainly not wrong. “We are a reggae festival, but we want to spread it as widely as possible. We have international artists and lesser known artists, both young and old. For example, Elephant Man and Big Mountain.”
With a festival you naturally get overlap in the concerts, especially with six areas and three stages. You can’t escape that at any festival. But the stages have been thought about.” The feet come off the floor at the most moving stage. We also have a stage at the food area: there the music is a bit more poppy and you can sit comfortably while enjoying delicious Caribbean food,” says Issam. The block diagram and the map will follow. What is certain is that there will be three podiums again: red, green and gold.
Do you want to make sure you’re there at 29 July in Ahoy Rotterdam? Buy your ticket quickly! A ticket costs 24 euros. Are you going with your family or group of friends? Then buy five tickets and receive a twenty euro discount. It can be even better. Reggae Rotterdam is giving away two tickets to the readers of indebuurt.
You can win those tickets by commenting on the Facebook post of this article . Tell us why you want to go to this edition of Reggae Rotterdam and with whom. You can respond until 24 May and the winner will be notified by the organization.
You want to know
This spectacular edition of the largest reggae festival in the Netherlands takes place in Ahoy Rotterdam. You can pay with your debit card, but also get coins. Tip: read the rules carefully to avoid queues at the coins! The festival lasts from 13. to 13. hours and is both inside Ahoy and on the outside area. Nice!
If you come to the festival by public transport, get off at Zuidplein metro or bus station. From there it is only a five minute walk. There is also parking for cars and bicycles. You can buy tickets via the website. Will you be there on 24 July 1978 to celebrate the festival’s fifth anniversary?