The International Reggae Fest – Riviera Nayarit 2019 has arrived in San Pancho, Nayarit. This Cultural, Artistic, and Musical event will join two nations—Jamaica and Mexico—to share the best of two cultures.
The festival will take place May 17-19, 2019 in the coastal town known as “The Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit” in tribute to Bob Marley, one of the most iconic figures in the world of reggae music.
During the press conference led by the Festival Organizing Committee, the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Nayarit, the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association, and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, it was announced the event is expected to be a community affair with a fun, family atmosphere.
Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), added that both entities lend their support to over 80 different events throughout the year via their Groups and Events offices. “This type of actions definitely increases the arrival of visitors that benefit the tourism services platform in the entire region, while giving the destination projection on a national and international level,” he added.
According to Festival Producer Germán Escobedo, some 2,000 people are expected to attend the massive concert on May 18th with an additional 1,000 over the next three days of the event. Escobedo also said expectations are running high, which is why most hotels in San Pancho have seen an increase in reservations for the upcoming week.
In addition to having a completely Jamaican theme, the International Reggae Fest is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the legendary Bob Marley, the main exponent of reggae music in the world and much admired for defending social equality, peace, justice, freedom, and human rights.
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The line-up includes reggae stars from Jamaica, Chile, Germany, and, of course, Mexico. Among them: Jamaica’s Kass Smith, who has lived in the region for several years; Quique Neira, ex-vocalist for Gondwana; Nateesha Stream, Teacha Dee, Jade 420, DJ Natty Congo Crew, Goade Band, and Jah Wiz.
Kass Smith, one of the stars of the festival and a very important part of the organizing committee, highlighted the support and sponsorship of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), via the Tourism Promotion Trust of the State of Nayarit. Likewise, the event has the support of the Jamaican Embassy in Mexico, the Jamaica Tourism Department, and the Tourism Promotion Office of the Americas the Caribbean, and the Coca-Cola and Copa Airlines brands, among others.
Concert tickets can be purchased at Farmacias Medisim and taquillacero.com. The organizers also confirmed there are general admission tickets available ($450 pesos) and VIP ($1,500 pesos).