Joe Bogdanovich, chairman and CEO of DownSound Entertainment, promoters of Reggae Sumfest, yesterday announced that the festival will not take place as scheduled this year, in light of the risk factors associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bogdanovich said: “In consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister and the ministries of health, tourism and entertainment, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Reggae Sumfest 2020 to July 18-24, 2021. While we hope and expect COVID-19 to be contained with the public’s continued cooperation, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by the Ministry of Health and your local public-health officials.”
Bogdanovich advised that patrons have 30 days (until May 27, 2020) to request a refund for existing online tickets. They can request this via our Eventbrite page, where they were purchased. Otherwise, tickets will be valid for redemption at Reggae Sumfest 2021.
In the meantime, Reggae Sumfest will continue its food-distribution programme to help the farmers and the needy in our society. There are other Reggae Sumfest 2020 initiatives to be released soon.
“Reggae Sumfest will continue to focus on its mission, to celebrate Jamaica’s music and culture through every channel available,” said Bogdanovich. Patrons can access updates on ongoing Reggae Sumfest activities by visiting the official website www.reggaesumfest.com or Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @reggaesumfest.