Summer Jam

16th Summer Jam 2001 in Köln (06.07.-08.07.2001)

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Summerjam Crowd 2001 YUSH, it was crowded, it was the first time since the very beginning of the Summerjam Festival that the cash desks had to be closed. On Saturday evening more than 30.000 people were on the festival island. About 25.000 sold tickets (plus a huge amount of employes, vendors and guests) is the biggest audience that has ever been to a Reggae event in Europe. But Summerjam posse kept calm, having party, fun, smoking, drinking, no hussle, just relax and dance. It was absolutely wicked to see this lovely crowd every year at this festival.

Camping 2001 On the other side it was an incredible chaos on Summerjam 2001: Too many people on the island, too many people on the campground, not enough space on the campground due to very high level of water in the lake, parking places still too far away from the camping and the area, heavy rainfall during Friday night and all day long on Sunday. Summerjam was a happy festival, well organised even for this huge number of attendants, of course, it wasn't perfect and people will find enough things to complain about but: It worked out, the festival took place without any big problems, the lineup was (nearly) complete and scheduled times (on the mainstage) were kept.

Third World at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart On friday the kickoff on the mainstage was done by Germanys I-Shen Rockers, first time on Summerjam. Due to Mr Vegas' late arrival the schedule had to be changed what lead to some confusion. Even after Third World was finished Mr. Vegas was still not there and Anthony B was announced. The confusion was complete after the break when all of a sudden Vegas appeared instead of the announced Anthony B. Anyway, both Vegas and Anthony did great shows. Meanwhile on the tent stage surprisingly good Roots shows took place: The upcoming Nazarenes and the "almost forgotten" Prezident Brown (together with Germanys Patrice) showed that there is not only new Dancehall coming! The late show in the tent was done by Hypnotix, outside heavy heavy rainfall, inside a packed tent and a hot Dub-Show.

Seeed at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart Morgan Heritage at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart

Sly Dunbar at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart

Robbie Shakespeare at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart

Saturday was Germany day: Five bands from de-land celebrated the new upcoming "homemade" sound: Starting with the long time Reggae-stars Dr. Ring Ding and the Senior Allstars, playing original dancehall tunes with Roots and Ska elements! Big Up to the great entertainer Ring Ding! Next on stage Berlins newcomer band Seeed, great show, great sound, the new German dancehall crew! Patrice was the afternoon show was the likkle gials, sweet and cheering ;-) before Gentleman for the third year in a row presented his version of Jamaican Dancehall. With Jan Delay the successfull journey through Germanys new scene was closed before the three big Jamaican acts came on stage: Black Uhuru perfectly dubbed by the crazy Sly and Robbie, the Morgan Heritage family and finaly the dancehall masters Cocoa T and Sizzla (great shows although they could get much more sympathy if they wouldn't advocate discriminating against homosexuals...)

Summerjam 2001

Meanwhile in the tents the crowd was rocking! Both the live tent with a Hip Hop oriented program and the Soundsystem tent with Soundquake, PowPow and the magicians of Blood and Fire were packed!

Tentstage Tower Love Vibration Soundsystem Twilight Circus Soundquake Soundsystem

Dawn Penn at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart Sunday was rainday. It rained cats and dogs during the whole afternoon ... Summerjam - for the first time on the second weekend of July (formarly the Chiemsee date ...) - drowned, but amazingly still the crowd was grooving. On the main-stage Frankie Paul at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart Mystic Revelation at Summerjam 2001 / photo copyright by Martina Markwart great Roots Reggae by Sixth Revelation, Misty in Roots and Dawn "No No No" Penn, as well as Frankie Paul and Everton "Blend Dem" Blender was presented, meanwhile in the tent the real roots of the Reggae were played: classical Ska and Rocksteady Rhythms by UK's Intensified , Court Jester's Crew from Tübingen and Laurel Aitken, later the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari brought the other Roots: Traditional Nighabinghi drumming - a perfect finish for such a heavy weekend. Meanwhile on the mainstage both Burning Spear and Culture didn't really get the crowd back to party, the weather was simply to bad.

So, what is the summary of Summerjam 2001? Europe's Reggae posse once again met to have a huge friendly party. The shows on all stages were just one part of the festival. The festival island itself with all the shops, especially the many record dealers, was always grooving and moving.

Review by Peter Beckhaus with inputs by Martina Markwart (thanks for the photos!) and Anne Budnik! For more infos about the content of the pictures just move your mouse over the picture. Please respect that copying of photos is prohibited! Please contact the mentioned photographer

2001-NEWS headlines in review

The following list of acts is the rough running order that happenend on summerjam 2001. The PDF Version shows the last announced time schedule as of 4th July 2001: PDF-Version

Check the info-links: clicking on read the reggaenode review opens a new window with a reggaenode cd review (sorry: German Texts only!), read a reggaenode feature opens a reggaenode feature, and Link to official homepage opens a new window with official band infos.

Friday 6.7.2001

Main Stage

Yellow Tent

Green Tent

White Tent

read the reggaenode review I-Shen Rockers

Link to official homepageDreadzone

Third World

read the reggaenode review Mr. Vegas

read the reggaenode review Anthony B

Link to official homepageGuru's Jazzmatazz and guests

read the reggaenode review Prezident Brown & Panache Culture


read the reggaenode review Hypnotix

Skill Battery Soundsystem
(formerly Blessed Love Sound)

Adrian Sherwood &

Skill Battery Soundsystem

Ganja Riddim Crew

Jambo Soundsystem

Rightous Movement


South Connection
New Corner

Lucky Punch feat. Mc Malek

Fred and Barney Sound

Massive Joey & Untouchable Sound feat Jah Secco

South Connection Classics

(please check the tent for time shedule)
Info on all German Soundsystems at

Saturday 7.7.2001

Main Stage

Yellow Tent

Green Tent

White Tent

read the reggaenode review Dr. Ring Ding
and the Senior Allstars

read the reggaenode review Seeed

Link to official homepagePatrice

Gentleman & KRS

read the reggaenode review Jan Delay
and the Sam Ragga Band

Link to official homepage read a reggaenode feature Black Uhuru &
Sly and Robbie

read the reggaenode review Morgan Heritage

Cocoa T /
Sizzla read the reggaenode review

Levi Roots, Johnny Clarke, Prince Alla and the Dub Asante Band

Link to official homepageNatty Flo, Link to official homepageTolga & the Backyard Crew


Link to official homepageD-Flame
& the K.P. Crew

Link to official homepageSoundquake Soundsystem

Link to official homepagePow Pow Movement

Link to official homepageBlood And Fire Soundsystem
featuring U Brown, Dennis Alcapone, Ranking Joe, Spikey Tee presented by Steve Barrow and Dom Sotgiu

General Levy & Badadub

Beez Sound

Soul Jah Sista

Love Vibration


Zion Sounds

Studio One Session

Culture Rock

(please check the tent for time shedule)
Info on all German Soundsystems at

Sunday 8.7.2001

Main Stage

Yellow Tent

Green Tent

White Tent

read the reggaenode review Sixth Revelation

Misty in Roots

Dawn Penn
& Junction Band featuring Delroy Williams

Frankie Paul / read the reggaenode review Everton Blender

read the reggaenode review Burning Spear
and the Burning Band


read the reggaenode review Intensified

Court Jester's Crew

Laurel Aitken

The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari

Soul Jazz Soundsystem

read the reggaenode review Twilight Circus Dub Soundsystem


open forum....

Info Status as of 8th July 2001, all Information given without any guarantee! is not responsible for the lineup, please contact the organisers at for any inquiries!

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