Reggae Rise Up Recap

During the weekend March 15-17, Vinoy Park in St. Pete was flooded with people wanting to see some hot reggae bands at Reggae Rise Up. Put on by Live Nite Events, everyone was extremely excited to see what this year had in store. When asked about the festival, overall, the attendees had great feedback and very thoughtful suggestions to what could be improved! Check them out below.

When you first walk into the festival, already you can tell the vibes are incredibly beautiful. Not only is the lineup amazing, with bands like Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, and Rebelution headlining, but you are surrounded by palm trees so you truly feel relaxed and on vacation. One attendee said that from the festival goers to the staff, everyone was so kind and helpful. If you had a question, staff or other attendees were happy to help you get where you needed to be.

There were two main stages that were a good distance apart; far enough that the music didn’t blend together, but close enough to walk in between in a timely manner. Plus, there was a smaller stage on the grounds if you did not want to go see the acts that were on the main stages. That made for, what one of our interviewees said, “a more intimate experience with some of the artists.”


The way Reggae Rise Up was organized was pleasing for everyone. There was a self-serve water station that never had a line, and the grounds were clean and organized. There were 35 food vendors, which meant something for everyone. From pizza to vegan options, there was a delicious wide array of choices. Plus, they had 52 clothing and jewelry vendors. So, while youre eating your delicious food, you could shop and get yourself or a friend a present!

Overall, attendees did not have anything that they would change, and they said they would return next year!


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