There will be no Barbados Reggae Festival in 2022, producers, FAS7STAR announced Saturday.
Having already been placed on an indefinite hiatus since 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, producers were initially hopeful of having a 2022 restart given the lifting of several COVID restrictions.
However, during their update on the situation, producers cited the lack of availability with artists as the main issue for this year, which left them no choice but to focus on 2023.
“FAS7STAR was looking to produce a scaled down version of the festival at the beginning of June, following the recent relaxation of the COVID 19 protocols. Unfortunately, that plan had to be abandoned when it proved all but impossible to secure the caliber performers, for which the festival is renowned locally, regionally and internationally,” the producers wrote in a statement.
The statement continued: “FAS7STAR, therefore, thanks Barbadians and the regional and international communities for their continued support throughout the years for all of its events since 2005 when the Festival was conceptualized and launched with the ground-breaking Reggae on the Hill. The Directors are looking forward to returning to our new normal and the staging of the BARBADOS REGGAE FESTIVAL 2023.” (SB)