Raggamuffin: Australia’s Biggest Reggae Music Festival

Raggamuffin: Australia’s Biggest Reggae Music Festival

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Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), Shaggy, Julian Marley, Blue King Brown, Sly & Robbie, Steel Pulse, Sean Kingston and House Of Shem.

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27 October 2009: Tickets for the Raggamuffin Tour 2010 go on-sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 at 9.00am.

Earlybird Discount ticket prices of $110 each will be offered to Melbourne and Brisbane fans until Christmas Eve! After that date they go back up to the regular price of $120.

Over the last two years, the overwhelming success of the reggae festival Raggamuffin, has enthralled fans across Australia and New Zealand. Those fans will be delighted to hear it’s happening all over again with Raggamuffin 2010 announced today. For the third consecutive year, Raggamuffin is set to take summer stages by storm.

Free your gnarly dreadlocks and release your inner-groove because Australia’s biggest Reggae music festival Raggamuffin is about to blaze its way through Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne!

Featuring an all-star line-up including ex-The Fugees front man WYCLEF JEAN, JULIAN MARLEY, son of Bob Marley and Grammy Award winner SHAGGY, reggae fans will be feeling more than alright as they soak up six fantastic hours of reggae riddims.

Headlining Ragamuffin in 2010 is Wyclef Jean. Best known as a Grammy winning artist who has sold over 30 million records and toured the world, both with The Fugees and as a solo artist will be performing songs from his brand new album, “Music Theory”. Since his successful collaboration with Shakira on “Hips Don’t Lie” Wyclef has embarked on a new chapter in his ever-evolving career. His talents as a producer and collaborator have led to a myriad of successful projects over the past two decades including recordings with Bono (“New Day”), writing and producing Carlo Santana’s “Supernatural,” which won the Grammy for Album of the Year, and Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love”. The new album promises to be the best yet and a live performance – a not to be missed opportunity.

Raggamuffin promoter Andrew McManus says, “This year’s Raggamuffin is going to be bigger than ever and promises an amazing day of music. We are excited that an artist the calibre of Wyclef is going to be joining the line-up. Festival goers are going to be in for something special!”

Following the April 2009 release of “Awake” Julian Marley will be performing to celebrate the music and message of all the family who have come before. His soulful vocals, hypnotic beats and the roots-reggae sound combined with street energy hip-hop deliver a smooth combination that is very much his own.

After 20 million album sales, 11 worldwide Top Ten singles, and a Grammy award, SHAGGY is still on the grind! The ska classic ‘Oh Carolina’ introduced the world to Shaggy and hits like ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and ‘Angel’ from his juggernaut album ‘Hotshot’ consolidated him as one of Jamaica’s finest musical exports – and that’s saying something! Shaggy is doing his part to make good music, make a difference and prove that the ‘World Is Just One Big Yard!!’

International platinum selling artist SEAN KINGSTON will get the crowd grooving to an awesome selection of his feel-good anthems. A vibrant fusion of pop, doo-wop and reggae, Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” single made history as one of the fastest ascents up the Billboard Hot 100 charts ever, eventually climbing to number 1. The collection of pop-fueled songs that make up the new album “Tomorrow”, will be sure to get the crowd on-song.

STEEL PULSE, the UK’s only Grammy Award winning Reggae group have explored various styles since they started out in 1975 but when it comes to the message they have remained close to their roots and always continue their commitment to deliver the positive messages through spiritually up lifting music.

Australia’s own BLUE KING BROWN is a welcome addition to the 2010 line-up. Hailed by Santana as “the voice of the street and the band of the future” this 8 to 11 piece powerhouse band will bring their cross-generational grooves and socially conscious sound to prove that they are one of Australia’s greatest acts.

On their first Raggamuffin tour SLY & ROBBIE, the modern masters of rhythm will bring their own brand of reggae to the bill in 2010. Sly & Robbie met in the 70’s while playing in different groups, they clicked musically and have been living and creating their own rhythm ever since.

Hailing from Aotearoa, New Zealand HOUSE OF SHEM will once again deliver Raggamuffin fans an unforgettable performance with their rare mix of power and harmony within their own unique blend of traditional and contemporary reggae styles, no doubt giving the legends of reggae a run for their money.

Along with everyone’s favourite reggae tunes, there will be hip-hop, funk, dub and soul to keep everyone grooving, as well as plenty of places to chill out. As they say in Jamaica, it’s going to be bashy!

These eight great artists provide a veritable musical reggae feast. Check out raggamuffin.com.au for all the details.

TOUR DATES ARE:

January 25 PERTH: ME BANK STADIUM
www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100

January 29 SYDNEY: ACER ARENA
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849

January 30 BRISBANE: RIVERSTAGE
www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100

January 31 MELBOURNE: SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL
www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
the Arts Centre Box Office – theartscentre.com.au 1300 182 183

TICKETS ON SALE 9am WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28

Earlybird Discount ticket prices of $110 each will be offered to Melbourne and Brisbane fans until Christmas Eve! After that date they go back up to the regular price of $120.

For Media Enquiries:

Sydney
Petrina Convey: 0410 427 161 petrina@xposedmedia.com.au

Brisbane & Melbourne
Leonie Conley: (02) 8353 7100 or (0416) 927 584 leonie@klick.com.au

Perth
Julian Tompkin 0407 092 782 julian@sunsetevents.com.au

We are proudly bringing this festival to you with the support of the following Presenting Partners:

4ZzZ, Scene, PBS, Beat and ozreggae.com, 96FM, X-Press Magazine

ampresents.com
raggamuffin.com.au

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