Reggae Sumfest cancelled due to coronavirus

Reggae Sumfest promoter Joe Bogdanovich (right) with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett at last year’s staging of the festival.

This year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest has been cancelled due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Joe Bogdanovich, chairman and CEO of DownSound Entertainment, promoters of the annual festival made the announcement Monday.

“In consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister and the ministries of health, tourism and entertainment, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Reggae Sumfest 2020 to July 18-24, 2021,” the promoters said in a statement.

“While we hope and expect COVID-19 to be contained with the public’s continued cooperation, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by the Ministry of Health and your local public health officials,” the statement continued.

Bogdanovich advised that patrons have until May 27 to request a refund for existing online tickets via the Evenbrite webpage where they were purchased. Otherwise, tickets will remain valid for redemption at Reggae Sumfest 2021.