“This is the 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest and we are alive and doing well… The festival is rapidly growing, and with this year’s seven days of events, we are seeing a great level of enthusiasm in the marketplace. This has shown itself in the fact that all the tickets we offered as part of the early bird special have been sold,” Joe said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.
Last year Sumfest received the award for Concert of the Year at the 35th anniversary of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Joe also revealed that free streaming enabled the event to reach 22 million streams last year and this year he hopes to that number.
“One of the things we noted from last year is that with free streaming were able to reach 22 million people. This year we hope to double that figure. We have more time to plan this compared to last year, and right now we are way ahead of schedule so I am confident that we can reach this target,” Bogdanovich said
“Having artistes like a Sean Paul, Sizzla, Queen Ifrica, and Jah Cure is really uplifting to the Sumfest line-up. Add to that popular acts Alkaline, Mavado and Patto Ranks out of Africa and you have something for the young people. Richie Stephens and his Ska Nation Band is another important element as Reggae Sumfest is paying homage to ska as one of the founding sounds coming out of Jamaica”.
He also points out the fact that there will be a heavyweight sound clash on July 20 between Warrior out of Germany and Soul Supreme from New York.