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Community Beyond Music: Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018

It’s easy to see the line up for the next big reggae festival and get excited. The genre is at a special spot in its growth where the majority of your favorite headliners will be playing any given big fest, yet new promising talent waiting to be discovered is always filling out the bill. The event is posted on socials and before long you start to see who’s going to be there, what friend from across the state or across the country you might get the chance to run into and catch up with, what great mid-tier band is playing that you haven’t seen for six, twelve or eighteen months. From fans to bands and back again the vibe is the same: it’s family.

This weekend Reggae Rise Up Florida takes over Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL and you can be guaranteed that the sense of community will be beyond the music. From games for the whole family to local food vendors to pre and post parties, RRU is building more than just a festival for attendees.

With headliners like SOJA, Damian Marley and Rebelution, not to mention Collie Buddz, Iya Terra and Nattali Rize there’s no doubt that the music will be taken to the next level. But weekend festivals are so much more than that. This is our time to shut off the outside world and focus inward on the community that supports our scene, our people, our family. Whether you’re meeting up with old friends or looking forward to making some new ones, we’ll see you at Vinoy Park this weekend.

Still need tickets to Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018? Pick up your 3-day and single day tickets before they’re gone.


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Rootfire Editor Brian Nelson a.k.a. Red Ninja is passionate about making music, making friends, experiencing life and living to tell the tale. Whether dropping heavy dub beats, cruising untouched Rocky Mountain powder, or talking shop about the music biz, Nelson’s approach is pure ninja.