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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.