Go ‘rasta’ to win passes

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sum­mer is upon us and with it comes the abun­dance of mu­sic fes­ti­vals across New Zealand.

One of those events, Ragga­muf­fin will marks its fifth an­niver­sary over Jan­uary 27 and 28 at the Ro­torua In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium.

Former UB40 front­man Ali Camp­bell, who left his iconic band in 2008 will head­line Ragga­muf­fin next year.

Camp­bell will ap­pear with his new band but play­ing ma­te­rial from through­out his ca­reer.

UB40 head­lined the very first Ragga­muf­fin fes­ti­val in 2008 and Camp­bell said New Zealand was one of his favourite places to per­form.

‘‘Ragga­muf­fin is one of the best reg­gae fes­ti­vals in the world,’’ Camp­bell said. ‘‘It has an amaz­ing vibe and I re­ally en­joyed per­form­ing for the New Zealand fans.’’

The line-up is a who’s who of national and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic.

Fri­day night from 6pm to 11pm will see Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment, Katchafire, Sweet & Irie, Sons of Zion and DJ Sir-vere per­form.

Satur­day’s main stage will have Ali Camp­bell, Sly and Rob­bie, Billy Ocean, J Boog, Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment, Big Moun­tain W Jnr Marvin, Marvin Priest, Kora, Three Houses Down and Chad Cham­bers.

Au­di­ences can ex­pect Nkulee Dube, House of Shem, Cor­ner­stone Roots, 1814, To­mor­row Peo­ple, Sol­jah, Foun­da­tion, NRG Ris­ing and Rub­ber Band on the sec­ond stage.

Ragga­muf­fin: Ali Camp­bell will head­line next year’s Ragga­muf­fin fes­ti­val in Ro­torua with his new band.

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