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Upgrade to a VIP Pass: Access the Chill Zone

With music beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 14 and continuing through 9:00 pm on Sunday, April 16, the day-by-day, hour-by-hour lineup for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival is now posted online.

CLICK HERE to buy Three Day Wristbands and single day tickets for this year’s event.

But if you looking for a new and different way to experience the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival, then buy a VIP Pass for one (or more) days of this year’s event.

Purchasing a VIP Pass for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival gets you:

— One-day admission to the Austin Reggae Festival **
— Re-entry privileges at the front gate
— A 2017 Austin Reggae Festival t-shirt
— Access to the Chill Zone, which is adjacent to the west side of the stage
— Access to the chairs, shade, cash bar and restrooms in the Chill Zone

The cost of the Austin Reggae Festival VIP Pass is $75 for Friday, April 14; $115 for Saturday, April 15 and $95 for Sunday, April 16.

Buy your VIP Pass today, because quantities of these tickets are very very limited. One of the most important features of the Chill Zone is that it won’t ever become too crowded.

** If you have already purchased a single day ticket (or a Three Day Wristband) and you want to upgrade to a VIP Pass, then contact us at austinreggaefest at gmail.com and we can help.

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Lady Shacklin & Jah Souljahs Roots Band Plus Other Standout Acts Added to 2017 Lineup

CLICK HERE to buy advance tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival.

Headliners for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival include Tarrus Riley (Friday, April 14), Jesse Royal (Saturday, April 15) and Akae Beka (Sunday, April 16).

Other dub acts now confirmed for this year’s event include Lady Shacklin & Jah Souljahs Roots Band (Friday, April 14), Micah Shalom & the Babylonians (Saturday, April 15), Az One (Saturday, April 15), Black Slate (Saturday, April 15), Lion Heights (Sunday, April 16), River City All Stars (Sunday, April 16), and Mau Mau Chaplains (Sunday, April 16).

Even more acts announced soon.

The best way to experience all that the Austin Reggae Festival has to offer is to purchase a Three Day Wristband. Priced at only $40 (plus service charge), the Three Day Wristband allows you to enter and leave the park throughout the event.

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Buy Tickets Now For 2017 Austin Reggae Fest!

CLICK HERE to buy advance tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival.

Tickets will also be available on-site April 14-16 at Auditorium Shores. But, buying your tickets online in advance will save you. Also, Three Day Wristbands are only sold in advance. So, CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now.

Headliners for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival include Jesse Royal, Tarrus Riley and Akae Beka. More acts announced soon.

Prices for 2017 remain the same as they have the last few years — $40 advance (plus service fee) for a Three Day Wristband. The Three Day Wristband lets you enter and leave Auditorium Shores throughout the day. Or, pay $15 advance (plus service fee) for a Single Day Ticket. No re-entry with Single Day Ticket.

All ticket sales are final. Absolutely NO REFUNDS on 2017 Austin Reggae Festival tickets. So, please don’t buy an advance ticket if you aren’t certain that you are going to be at Auditorium Shores April 14-16.

A portion of ticket sales for this event benefits the Central Texas Food Bank. Over the last decade, Austin Reggae Festival attendees have raised more than $1,000,000 to help this incredible charity feed hungry families throughout the Central Texas region.

 

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FREE FREE FREE Throwback T-Shirt For The First 300 Three-Day Wristband Buyers!

UPDATE: As of February 19, all throwback t-shirts are now sold out for the 2017 event. But, you can still buy Three Day Wristbands and single day tickets by CLICKING HERE. Tickets also available at the gate. If you bought your Three Day Wristband on or before February 19, then we will email you shortly on how to pick up your throwback t-shirt at Auditorium Shores.

Tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival go on sale via this website on the morning of Wed, Feb 1. Be one of the first 300 people to purchase a Three-Day Wristband — and you will receive a coupon that will allow you to pick up a FREE throwback t-shirt (from the 2016, 2015 or 2014 event). Your FREE throwback t-shirt coupon must be redeemed on-site at Auditorium Shores.

Priced at only $40, the Three-Day Wristband is your best value for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival. In addition to allowing you to attend all days of the event, this Three-Day Wristband empowers you to leave and return to the park as you please. If you only have a single day ticket, you can NOT re-enter the park after you have departed (unless rain leads to a park evacuation).

We expect that the first 300 Three-Day Wristbands will sell out quickly, so please mark your calendar for Wed, Feb 1. Also, remember that a portion of ticket sales for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival benefits the Central Texas Food Bank. Over the last decade, world music lovers have contributed more than $1,000,000 to this incredible charity via the Austin Reggae Festival.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, February 14, all throwback t-shirts are now sold out.

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2017 Austin Reggae Fest Headliners Include Jesse Royal, Tarrus Riley and Akae Beka

Headliners for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival include Jesse RoyalTarrus Riley and Akae Beka.

Jesse Royal began his career with and was mentored by the late Fatis Burrell, who also produced Royal’s first two releases, “Singing the Blues” and “Long Days and Short Nights” in 2010. He has toured extensively in Jamaica as well as Europe and the United States, before releasing his first major work produced by his friend Walshy Fire in 2014. In 2015, Vogue Magazine listed Royal as part of a greater ongoing “Reggae Revival” movement happening in Jamaica and the rest of the world, re-vitalizing the genre of roots reggae.

Tarrus Riley released his debut album”Challenges” in 2004. He tours Europe once each year, performing on the major reggae festivals such as Reggae Sumfest 2010, the 2011 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and Roskilde Festival 2011 in Denmark, Betty Wright and Friends in concert in Jamaica, and the Palmyra Foundation’s Fundraising event. Riley also headlined the Hennessey Artistry show in Barbados in December 2011.  More recently, he was featured on Major Lazer’s song “Powerful” from the album “Peace Is the Mission” along with Ellie Goulding.

Akae Beka is the relatively new project featuring Vaughn Benjamin and other former members of Midnite, the legendary roots band that hailed from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Akae Beka’s first performance took place in Denver on July 17, 2015 at a concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day. According to Benjamin, the name for the new project came from two words found in the Book of Enoch, cited in chapter 68, verse 20-24. Recent releases from this group include “Portals,” “Homage To The Land,” and “Livicated.”

Stay tuned to this website for exact day and time of these headliner slots, as well as other performers for April 2017 at Auditorium Shores.

Tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival go on sale via this website on the morning of Wednesday, February 1.

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2017 Austin Reggae Festival Dates: April 14-16

Dates for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival are Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16. Taking place at Auditorium Shores, next year’s event will also benefit the Central Texas Food Bank (formerly known as the Capital Area Food Bank).

While we can’t promise sunny skies next spring, we can say that two consecutive years of wet conditions give us faith that 2017 will return to the warm / dry conditions that have typically prevailed at the Austin Reggae Festival.

Stay tuned to this website for more information on the 2017 event as it is released.

As always, if you have questions related to the Austin Reggae Festival, then please connect with us at austinreggaefest@gmail.com.

For 2017 vendor information, then please connect with Pat Costigan.

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Sunday, April 17 Cancelled at Austin Reggae Fest

Heavy rain as well as continued stormy weather unfortunately necessitate the cancellation of the Sunday, April 17 show at the Austin Reggae Festival. We are as disappointed as you are about this cancellation. However, with thunder and lightning forecast for most of the day in Austin, our number one priority remains the safety of attendees, vendors and staff.

Today’s cancellation of the Austin Reggae Festival follows the weather-related cancellation of several other Austin events, including the Sunday portion of the MS 150 Bicycle Ride and the Texas Rowing Championships.

For questions about the Sunday, April 17 cancellation (including refund information), please contact us at austinreggaefest@gmail.com. We will respond to your email as quickly as possible.

Lastly, thanks to all the reggae fans from around the nation and around the world who attended the Friday and Saturday portions of this year’s event.

As a reminder, proceeds from the Austin Reggae Festival benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Over the last decade, the event has raised more than $1 million in funds to help this worthy charity feed hungry families in Central Texas. That said, rain problems at this year’s event will severely impact CAFB donations over the next several months.

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Sunday, April 17 at Austin Reggae Festival: Lineup Condensed

UPDATE: With heavy rain and stormy weather conditions forecast all day in Central Texas, the Sunday, April 17 show at the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival has been cancelled.

As of Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm, we are still planning to go forward with the Sunday, April 17 show at the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival.

However, due to possible late-afternoon storms, the schedule for the Sunday show will be condensed as follows:

12:00 — Gates open
12:15 — Don Chani
1:45 —  Mau Mau Chaplains
3:15 — Black Slate
5:30 —  Bunny Wailer

Please re-check this website before heading to Auditorium Shores on Sunday in case of other last-minute weather-related changes.

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Gates Open At Noon on Saturday, April 16

Saturday is Day Two of the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival! Gates open today (April 16) at noon and the show continues through 10:00 pm.

Music begins Saturday at 12:15 with Voodoo Possum (who were the winner of the 2016 band contest) at 12:15,  Micah Shalom & the Babylonians at 1:45, Atash at 3:15, Az One at 5:00, Pentateuch at 6:30 and The Skatalites at 8:30.

The Austin Reggae Festival occurs at Auditorium Shores (800 West Riverside Dr, 78704). The entry gates for the event are located at the south end of Auditorium Shores, just off of Riverside. Parking can be difficult, so consider taking Uber or Lyft. Also be sure to check out what to bring (and what not to bring) before you head to Auditorium Shores.

If you haven’t bought your 2016 Austin Reggae Festival ticket online, then just pick one up at the gate when you arrive. Tickets are $20 per person at the gate. Reggae fans 12 years old and under are free if accompanied by an adult.

If you purchased a Three Day Wristband, then please print out your EventBrite voucher (or have it ready on your smartphone). Exchange this voucher for a wristband at either the Green Box Office or the Red Box Office.

Also, weather looks fairly stable for Saturday, April 16. But, please stay tuned to this website (as well as the Austin Reggae Fest twitter account) for any weather-related updates.

Got questions? Then we have answers! Email us at austinreggaefest@gmail.com

Finally, feel the positive vibrations knowing that your attendance at the Austin Reggae Festival supports the Capital Area Food Bank. Over the last decade, the event has raised more than $1 million in funds to help this worthy charity feed hungry families in Central Texas.

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