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Coventry gets ready to rock steady with a festival of reggae

By Barbara Goulden

Notting Hill may be cancelled but the carnival is far from over - Coventry has stepped up to the plate to lead the reggae revelry with blockbuster shows

The first is in Millennium Place on August 21 when the Windrush generation will be celebrated by Wayne Wonder in a free event organised as part of our City of Culture.

He is joined at the venue - outside the Transport Museum - with a host of DJs, food stalls, and guest bands for what's being billed as Caribbean Reggae Fever.

Organisers hope that with the legacy of the Windrush generation (1948-1971) now firmly embedded into Coventry's multi-cultural society, the day will offer an opportunity to showcase Caribbean traditions and inspire young people from other traditions to get involved.

Although the event is free, space will be limited and so booking in advance is recommended.


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Next up will be an all-day Reggae Bash at FarGo Village on August Bank Holiday Sunday (Aug 29), showcasing traditional Caribbean culture, lifestyle, food and music.

This event is for everyone – it provides an opportunity to newer generations and other cultures in the city to share and experience some Caribbean traditions and for the older generation to enjoy those traditions.

There will be Reggae Tots - a afternoon' rave at The Box, FarGo, for children aged 0+ featuring legendary jungle/drum and bass DJ Kenny Ken, followed by a brand new event headlined by Reggae Roast featuring Natty Campbell, Mackabee Sound, and Junior Brown. All will be powered by Coventry's renowned Mackabee Soundsystem.

Next door in The Factory there's also a free all-day reggae party hosted by Junior Brown, and a soulful Caribbean BBQ from long-term FarGo residents, Esmie’s.

* At FarGo Super Early Bird tickets are still available for Reggae Roast - dinner tickets start at £15.00 and give access from 7pm and free bottomless punch for the first hour. Club tickets start at £5.00 and allow entry at 9pm .

Timings: Reggae Tots (3.00-5.00pm), Reggae Roast (7.00-2.00am *club entry from 9pm), Junior Brown @ Factory (12.00-9.00pm), Esmie’s BBQ (2.00pm-late)

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