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Katchafire and Raging Fyah To Perform at Austin Reggae Festival on April 15

The first two headliners for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival have been confirmed!

Katchafire (from New Zealand) and Raging Fyah (from Jamaica) will anchor the lineup on Friday, April 15.

Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), Kathafire have become a global roots reggae phenomenon. The all-Maori reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today. Katchafire boasts four highly succesful studio albums, mulitple awards, platinum sales, highest selling singles, and the list goes on. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an R’n’B and funk rub, mashing modern dancehall and slinky reggae pop. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound.

Get a taste of Katchafire’s sound and style by watching their “Down With You” video.

Raging Fyah is one of the most dynamic groups ever to hit the Jamaican music scene. The band originally started in 2006 as a trio with Anthony Watson (Drummer), Demar Gayle (Keyboardist), Delroy Hamilton (Bassist). They were later divinely united with Courtland White (Guitarist) Kumar Bent (lead singer) as they set out to rekindle a flame of positvity in the music industry. Though their versatility enables them to play all genres of music, most of their songs — influenced by passion, purpose and life experiences — assume a roots rock reggae flavour. They write their own songs and ensure that every word touches the soul of the listener, uplifting and motivating people from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Get a taste of Raging Fyah’s sound and style by watching their “Nah Look Back” video.

Look for headliners for Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 to be announced soon via this website.

Also, vote on which bands you want to see perform at the 2016 event via the band application contest. Hurry, the voting process closes soon!

Tickets for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival go on sale via this website on Monday, February 1. A portion of ticket sales for the event benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Over the last decade, the Austin Reggae Festival has raised more than one million dollars to help this worthy charity feed hungry families in Central Texas.

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Vote For Your Favorite Band for 2016 Austin Reggae Festival

We are excited to launch an online voting contest that will allow dub fans from across the United States and around the world to help determine the lineup for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival.

Just click on this link and you will be taken to the voting page. Please check out all the bands (and their videos) before you cast your vote — because you can only vote one time in this contest!

Voting deadline is end of the day on Monday, February 8.

Also, if your reggae / dub / world music band wants to be added to the this contest, then please contact us immediately at austinreggaefest at gmail dot com.

As for the event itself, tickets for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival go on sale on the morning of Monday, February 1. Please stay tuned to this website for complete details.

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2016 Dates: April 15 Through April 17

The 2016 Austin Reggae Festival returns to Auditorium Shores in Austin from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17.

As it has in previous years, the 2016 event will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Over the last decade, Austin Reggae Festival attendees have helped raise more than $1,000,000 for this worthy charity to help fight hunger in Central Texas. This tie-in with the Capital Area Food Bank reflects the belief that dub music can and should help improve the lives of the less fortunate members of our society.

Bands for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival will be announced soon. Stay tuned to this website for more information.

Tickets for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival will go on sale at 10:00 am Central Time on Monday, February 1, 2016. Stay tuned to this website for more information.

A limited number of vendor slots are available at the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival. For more information on these slots, please contact us pwccostigan at yahoo dot com.

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Vendor Inquiries Now Open Via Email

In addition to incredible live music and un-paralleled people watching, the Austin Reggae Festival features an international arts and craft market, as well as a variety of vendors serving all manner of delicious foods.

A limited number of vendor slots are available at the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival. For more information on these slots, please contact us pwccostigan at yahoo dot com. Phone calls for 2016 vendor slots are not accepted.

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2016 Event Benefits the Capital Area Food Bank

As it has in previous years, the 2016 event will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Over the last decade, Austin Reggae Festival attendees have helped raise more than $1,000,000 for this worthy charity to help fight hunger in Central Texas. This tie-in with the Capital Area Food Bank reflects the belief that dub music can and should help improve the lives of the less fortunate members of our society.

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Too Much Rain: Austin Reggae Festival Canceled For Sunday, April 19

Thanks to all the dub music fans from across the US and around the world who came to Auditorium Shores for the 2015 Austin Reggae Festival.  Thanks as well to all these dub fans for helping raise funds to help the Capital Area Food Bank conquer hunger in our community. We apologize that the weather at this year’s event was so un-cooperative — and that the Sunday, April 19 show had to be canceled. For 2016, we expect bluer skies and greener grass. Please plan now for next year’s dates: Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17.

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Gates for Sunday, April 19 Will NOT Open at Noon

We are thankful that we were able to evacuate Auditorium Shores before the epic storm on Saturday evening. However the intensity of last night’s rain requires significant cleanup at Auditorium Shores. Please stay tuned to this website for updates on opening time for the Austin Reggae Festival on Sunday, April 19.

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Gates Open at Noon on Saturday, April 18

Day Two of the 2015 Austin Reggae Festival is here! The Box Office opens at 11:00 am and gates open at noon. Music also begins at noon with Dub Gideon; the last performer of the day is Alika at 8:45 pm. Today’s show ends at 10:00 pm. Tickets are still available online, or you can simply buy them at the gate. Tickets at the gate are cash only. Cost is $20 per person per day. On Sunday, April 19 only each ticket allows entry for two patrons.

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Ready-List for 2015 Austin Reggae Festival

Just a few more hours until this year’s event!

* Buy tickets before prices increase April 17
* Three days of international reggae superstars
* Location of this year’s event
* Parking options for Auditorium Shores
* What to bring and what not to bring
* Gates open 3:00 pm on April 17
* Box Office / Will Call opens 2:00 pm on April 17

As of 7:30 pm Central Time, music is back at Auditorium Shores for the 2015 Austin Reggae Festival. Yes, music is back at Auditorium Shores for the 2015 Austin Reggae Festival. Please stay tuned to this website for any additional weather-related updates.

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