Reggae Rise Up is this weekend and man, oh man, am I excited! I have been pumping reggae music in the car and house this past couple weeks loud enough for all my neighbors to be excited too! I’m so ready to have the ocean breeze on my face while dancing with beautiful people in such great Florida weather! Both Saturday and Sunday have a high temperature of 73 degrees with zero chance of rain. So lets see: I have my ticket (don’t miss out, buy your ticket now) and my friends are going, the weather will be great, but what should I bring? What should I expect? RRU has all of the country’s best reggae bands in one place: Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Iration, Steel Pulse, The Green and so many more! Now what can I do to make this the best weekend?
First things first, entry into the park and wristbands. Gates will open for the park on Saturday and Sunday at 11am. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to go down there until then! This year the staff of Reggae Rise Up are trying a cool, new approach to life inside the venue: RFiD bracelets (Radio Frequency Identity). Come to the park early because you will need to exchange your ticket in person for an official Reggae Rise Up Festival wristband at the wristband swap stations located near the entrance at Vinoy Park. Wristband swap stations will be open on March 2nd & 3rd from Noon to 7pm and on show day begining at 11 am. This wristband is helpful for the staff so that they know where you are as you scan in and out of the venue (you have free re-entry until 5pm) as well as this year they will be using it as the only form of money in the park. So you will need to download the app and enter your card information, it will automatically load money on your wrist and then you will be able to use it for extra speedy service inside the venue! Please plan ahead as this might take a few minutes to complete in the beginning, but should save you loads of time inside the park since RRU is almost sold out! For more information about the wristbands, Click Here.
RRU will feature 26 bands on two stages over Saturday and Sunday, March 4th & 5th. “Ain’t no money in the world that can compare to all the love inside the whole place here,” lyrics from Slightly Stoopid’s new track “Guns in Paradise,” perfectly capture the spirit of what is about to happen in Vinoy Park. Bring your friends and your smiles, also bring your sealed 20oz bottles of water, hat, sunglasses, sunblock, chairs, blankets, and small umbrellas or parasols. Remember to get to the park early and stay all day, the music has a hard curfew of 10pm and we want you to have the fullest experience you can!
Ok, so we’ve gone over it all, now lets get to the meat of the issue: when can I see my favorite reggae bands??? I personally am excited for Sunday which will feature three of my favorite reggae bands: Passafire, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Steel Pulse! Who are you excited to see? Check out the schedule below and start planning your Reggae Rise Up!