Complete line-up 40th annual Reggae Geel

by | Jun 18, 2018 | News

40 Years of Reggae Geel

The annual Reggae Geel festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August. After having disclosed a number of names in April, the line-up is now completed with the unveiling of the names of the other artists that are going to grace the different stages.


On Friday CHEZIDEK is opening the festivities on the Main Stage. That same day two dancehall stars from the ’80s will also be on stage: YELLOWMAN and BARRINGTON LEVY. Earlier we announced HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON, ROMAIN VIRGO and SHABBA RANKS.

On Saturday HORACE ANDY – known for his long collaboration with Massive Attack – and JOHNNY CLARKE complete the line-up. Other icons on the Main Stage are ANTHONY B, SLY & ROBBIE (who are bringing BITTY  McLEAN and JOHNNY OSBOURNE along), COCOA TEA, PROTOJE, ETANA, SAMORY-I, KABAKA PYRAMID, STONEBWOY, and many others. Hosts for the Main Stage are none other than actors/musicians The Nomaddz.

Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea

On this 40th edition of Reggae Geel, The Yard will be blessed by Drums of Defiance, the Nyabinghi-project by Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah (African Head Charge). This same stage will also be a haven for Jamaican talent like Lila Ike and Indie Allen and Belgian reggae star in the making Collieman. Also in The Yard: Masego Soundsystem, Jah Shakespear, David Katz, The PathHeights, Chainska Brassika and Royal Sounds.

In the 18″ Corner you can witness Jah Tubby’ s World System’s ultra-long dub session and on Saturday Black Board Jungle’s. LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY, MAD PROFESSOR and JAH SHAKA close the night in the famous dub forest on Saturday.

The Skaville is all about the ‘London is the Place for Me-Theme’ on Friday. David Katz and Ras Digby are taking you all the way back to the London of the 1960s’ and 70s’. On Saturday PAT KELLY & the Magic Touch will be responsible for the accelerated wear on the soles of your favourite Doc Martens. The final notes in this quintessential party tent will be played by Wassie One.

For the newest dance moves, you had best turn to the Bounce Dancehall. Dancehall is no longer an exclusively male bastion, so proves SPICE. Warrior Sound International from Wuppertal and Saxon Sound System from London are two European top sounds and female multitalented Becca D is coming to prove that she’s earned her spot as an MTV UK face. Freddie Krueger, also known from his days with Killamanjaro Sound, will turn the heat up so much that the tent might turn into a hot air balloon. The Belgian colours are defended by Team Damp, 20 year old Uphill Sound and Beatstreet Sound. Earlier we already announced Heavy Hammer, Sentinel and King Addies. Hosting the Bounce is none other than Slongs from Antwerp.

On and around the festival grounds you’ll be carried off to the Carribean by the tropical sounds of a live Steelpan band, and Cirq’s artists, with the support of some refugees, will provide the necessary frivolous yet thought-provoking entertainment.

Horace Andy
Johnny Clarke (Photo: Jane Garfield)
Kabaka Pyramid

But Reggae Geel is more than just a music festival, first and foremost it is an event with a warm heart. Groups that focus on the underpriviliged are consistently involved in the organisation and receive some financial support in return. Additionally there is the Funky Fund. This fund means to financially boost socio-cultural projects that are aimed at with these vulnerable groups. Projecs within the ‘Musical Empowerment’ theme can be submitted until 24 June.

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