Feel the vibe: Middletown gets Reggae Roots Music Festival
What’s red, black, green and invading Middletown with a weekend full of hypnotic jams?
The new Reggae Roots Music Festival set to launch at Thousand Acre Farms from July 30 to Aug. 1.
The festival, presented by SuperNova Productions, will offer a posh lineup that includes dancehall DJs, reggae artists and Jamaican steel-drum bands.
Philly Roots Reggae band Jah People will headline the festival.
In addition to live music, there will be camping, art vendors, food, shuttle boats and workshops. There’s also going to be kid-friendly activities and panels by NORML, a nonprofit that represents the interests of Americans who use marijuana responsibly.
Middletown is a special location for a reggae festival, according to founder Dre Corbitt.
“First, we wanted a waterfront property to figuratively transport out attendees to Jamaica and evoke the feeling of the islands,” Corbitt told The News Journal/Delaware Online.
“Second, the sprawling open spaces were key for COVID safety, yet the on-site luxury barns lent themselves well to VIP experiences, which we knew we wanted to offer. I couldn’t be more excited to produce an event on this scale for the first time.”
July 30 is specifically for VIP and Super VIP members.
VIP is $250 (only 200 tickets available) and includes an exclusive party with DJ Amaze, along with access to a one-hour open bar, a private caterer (food not included in price), a free T-shirt and an all-weekend camping pass, with the option to bring an RV (which there are only 20 openings for).
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Super VIP is $1,000 and includes everything from the VIP, plus all-day catering (included in the price package), open bar from noon to 5 p.m. in the VIP barn’s private bar, exclusive access to High Vibes Barn “Super VIP” areas with all the amenities and more.
On-site COVID-19 testing will be available for free during the weekend, and both staff and attendees will be expected to adhere to state regulations.
Delaware’s latest COVID-19 guidance since May 21 states social distance requirements have moved from six to three feet. The CDC recommends people in large crowds wear masks if they’re not fully vaccinated.
‘We all need unity’
After COVID-19 forced the country into isolation, Reggae Roots founder Corbitt knew he had to figure out how to lift people’s spirits.
“I wanted to create an event that brought together families, friends, local businesses, and performers, again, as safely as possible. We all need unity, positivity and love right now,” he said.
The headliner Jah People is ready to bring good vibes to the First State, which was home to reggae legend Bob Marley. The music legend lived in Wilmington off and on from 1965 to 1977, according News Journal files.
“Delaware was Bob Marley’s second home. Bob lived and worked in Delaware in the early ‘70s, and Jah People couldn’t be more excited to bring the timeless music of The Great Bob Marley back to Delaware,” Jah People said in a statement.
“Marley was all about the music and the People ... we’re ready to deliver Marley’s message and music to the place he planted his roots.”
Reggae festival lineup
Jah People, DJ Amaze, Mzs Quanny, Unity Vibration, AG Dancehall, Kenny Vanella & Higher Fire, Xande Cruz, Trish Jane, Regamuffin Reggae Band, Raymond Charles Caribbean Authentics, Urban Shaman Attack, KO Haran Lan of Spun Sugar, Gwapstarr, Ras Mustafaa, Kimetik Nyne and Love Punch Tsunami are on the bill.
Reggae Roots Music Festival (Thousand Acre Farms, 260 Reedy Point Road, Middletown) begins with a VIP party at 5 p.m., July 30 for VIP ($250) and Super VIP members ($1,000). The festival is held for the general public from 10 a.m., July 31 to 8 p.m., Aug. 1. General tickets are $65 and $80 for camping. For more info, visit reggaerootsfest.com
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