There are just a few more days to go before the start of the highly anticipated Barbados Reggae Festival. And to get the fans in the mood even more, FAS Entertainment has been hosting “pop-up” parties all in the build-up to the festival.
One of the promoters, Freddie Hill, said the free parties were FAS’ way of giving back to the fans, whom he thanked for their support throughout the years.
“We are here, raring and ready to go. We are just giving back to the people. It’s a free party; we are giving away tickets, just to get them ready. We don’t try to short the people; we give them a production that is worthy.
“Big up to all the fans. We couldn’t do it without the fans, and all the others who help to make this event a success,” he said.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes at the final free jam before the festival kicks off on Sunday, Hill took the time to offer a special thank you to his partner, sponsors and all those who had a hand in ensuring the festival would be success.
“Big up to my partner Al Gilkes, big up to Alison, Kathy-Ann; everyone who put a hand to help with this festival. Also the sponsors. We couldn’t do it with them,’ he said thankfully.
And Hill announced one slight change to the festival. Anthony B will no longer be coming, but the king of dancehall Beenie Man will be here instead.
“Anthony B was supposed to arrive in the island the same day he was supposed to perform, and I don’t want to take that chance . . . . Just a slight change.
“Anthony B will come again, but we just could not take that chance of his missing the flight. We cannot let down the Barbadian public like that,” Hill stated.
The festival begins this Sunday, April 19, with Reggae On The Beach at Pierhead Lane, Lower Bay Street; then to Vintage Reggae at The Gymnasium on April 24; Reggae Party Cruise on the Jolly Roger on April 25, which is now a sell-out; and the climax with Reggae On The Hill at Farley Hill Park on April 26.