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Reggae Rise Up returns to Vinoy Park Thursday-Sunday

Bill DeYoung



Reggae Rise Up is a nationally-touring festival. The 2021 Florida edition happens this weekend at Vinoy Park. Photo provided.

The vibes will be good and tasty sweet in downtown St. Pete this weekend, as the sixth Reggae Rise Up Florida unfurls its multi-hued Jamaican flag over Vinoy Park.

If you’re counting, this is actually the 2020 reggae fest, as it was postponed last year and rescheduled for March, then postponed again.

It’s a four-day extravaganza, mon (Thursday through Sunday), which brings in an estimated 15,000 fans each day.

Let’s get this out of the way, OK? There are no mask or vaccination requirements, according to the official website: “That being said, we encourage everyone to keep their best practices in mind at all times and take the personal precautions they feel most comfortable with, such as wearing masks, getting tested, or getting vaccinated.”

And among the lengthy list of prohibited items, marijuana – medical or otherwise – is strictly a no-no, despite its almost spiritual association with reggae music (specifically, the list refers to “Illegal substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia,” as it legally must). So there.

There is, of course, a lengthy series of allowed items, including blankets, chairs, backpacks, refillable water containers, cigarettes, e-cigs and “good vibes.”

View the whole “yes and no” thing here.

On to the music: This year’s headliners include Slightly Stoopid, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Matisyahu, Iration, Dirty Heads, Soja, Tribal Seeds and JB006. View the complete four-day schedule here.

Reggae Rise Up includes multiple stages, interactive activities and large-scale art installations, with more than 100 craft and food vendors.

Artists include Jujmo, Akat, Atomiko, Timmy Dub, James Oleson, Hoxxoh, Everyday Research, Squid Licker, Melanie Posner, Phybr and Sebastian Coolidge.

(St. Pete’s Melanie Posner, incidentally, is a cast member of the upcoming Amazon Prime series Tampa Baes.)

In addition to full festival passes, single-day tickets are available. Look here.

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    Jen McRae

    November 15, 2021at10:13 pm

    Many people who had planned to travel into Florida for this festival on the original date were unable to travel for the final date. Many others are not comfortable with the Covid situation and the no vaccine required/no mask mandates. Those of us that were not able to attend asked for refunds for many months before the festival and still continue to do so. We never received a refund or the promised replacement 2021 wristbands. We have been completely ignored, or When pressed the email response has completely ignored our request for refunds. To this day we have continued to be ignored. I still think I and many others deserve a refund. This is poor customer service and poor business practice and I hope it cannot continue this way. I will never support this organization again.

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