Two more to come!

The big Reggae events at the beginning of the Summer are truely over, but now it's the time for the big finale! Don't forget the late-summer events Irie Festival in Schüttorf and the famous Bongo Bongo Sunsplash in the Westerwald!

Since 1993 the Bongo Bongo Sunsplash is a small but well known festival in the Westerwald, close to Koblenz. The programm does not only include Reggae but also Ska, Afro, Blues and Rock and artists from everywhere in the World! The Program 1999 includes as Reggae top act the famous Twinkle Brothers that will be there for their only gig in Germany during this tour. Other big names include the famous Ska Band of Dr. Ring-Ding, the bavarian Jamaicans of the Sixths Revelation and the Dutch New Born Creation.

The reggaedays (saturday and sunday) are completed by gigs of 'Chill Out' (Essen), 'Movements' (Bielefeld), 'I-Shen Rockers' (Augsburg) , and 'Negus A Negast'!

Ticket prices are very friendly and there is a tent for rain-periods! Camping is allowed! You can reach the festival via Autobahn A3, offramp 'Dierdorf', head for Puderbach/Altenkirchen and finally for Oberdreis where the festival will be held!

The 'official' homepages at, and sadly haven't been updated this year...

7. Bongo Bongo Sunsplash, 20.-22.08.1999 in Oberdreis bei Altenkirchen (Westerwald), at Bongo Bongo; Oberdreis; Tel/Fax: 02684/1698, organised by VIP Production, Wiesbaden; Tel.:0611/562027

This is already the third Irie festival to be held in Germany! The first two events happend as one day festivals in the Westfalen Park in the city of Dortmund. Many problems and probably a lot of bad luck made these festivals not that successfull as the organisers expected. Finally a complete change in the concept was made and the Irie festival now is a full weekend happening including camping and all night party as a reggae-event should be!

The 1999 lineup contains as top-act Peter Tosh's son Andrew Tosh, party reggae artists Inner Circle, and South Africa's Reggae star Lucky Dube. The two day program is completed by artists like Mykal Rose (ex Black Uhuru), Brinsley Forde (ex Aswad), Hypnotix, Roots b Tama, Movements and Tippa Irie! Soundsystems will be Pow Pow from Cologne and others tba.

The official homepage hasn't been updated since June 99 but contains all necessary and usefull information. Hopefully the lineup will be updated soon, probably some changes have to be made...

Irie Festival, 27-28.08.1999, Schüttorf: GPI-Musicproductions, Berlin Tel.: +49 30 - 79 70 23 37 Fax: - 23 39

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