Reggae Geel shipwrecked on 49.000 visitors by heat

The turnout at the fortieth edition of the reggae and dancehallfestival was more or less equal to that of the previous year, when the weather was not optimal.

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The 40th edition of Reggae Geel Friday and Saturday, respectively 22.000 and 27.000 visitors lured. With so just not the 50,000 festival-goers in total is the anniversary edition, according to organizers, below the expectations remained, but over the course prevails, however, with great satisfaction. The heat did probably a lot of late deciders at home.

The reggae – and dancehallfestival picked up this year with legends in the genre like Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Sly & Robbie and Lee “Scratch” Perry, and that brought high expectations in terms of visitor numbers. The predicted heat seems, however, a spanner in the works to have thrown. The organization had nebulizers made, shared drinking water, and had a smoking ban enacted on a part of the bone-dry terrain, but ends up stranded at Reggae Geel with a similar traffic as in the previous year, when the weather conditions nor they were’nt.

Reggae Geel is one of the oldest reggaefestivals of Europe and also after forty editions still the cream of Jamaica to our country, both in terms of reggae as dancehall, dub and rocksteady. There is also invariably a large reggaemarkt with clothing, jewelry, records, musical instruments and art, and the festival prides itself as a fairtrade by “fair” coffee, fruit juice and other beverages to serve.

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