12 ago. 2015

New Zealand's premiere reggae and urban festival Raggamuffin

Event Pioneering reggae icon Eddy Grant and five time Grammy Award winner CeeLo Green will headline.

Raggamuffin IX will take place at The Trust Arena in Auckland on Saturday 20 February 2016 featuring top reggae and urban acts.

Headlined by Eddy Grant and CeeLo Green
- New site layout
- Saturday 20 February 2016
- Tickets on public sale from Monday 10 August (Family Friendly)

Joining the line-up for the one-day event will be Sly & Robbie, Inner Circle, Maxi Priest, Junior Marvin's Wailers, Spawnbreezie, Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E, Three Houses Down and Tomorrow People.

Heading the reggae offering is the legendary Eddy Grant, whose hits are cemented in reggae's Hall of Fame -from his 1968 Number One hit 'Baby Come Back' to chart-toppers 'Electric Avenue', 'War Party' and 'Gimme Hope Jo'Anna'. Grant continues to reinvent the sound of reggae with mash-ups of reggae, ska, calypso, and Carribean and African music.

With five Grammy Awards under his belt, CeeLo Green continues to be one of the most respected and original international hip hop stars crossing genres and gaining worldwide recognition.

More acts are to be announced for Raggamuffin IX and a competition to find an opening act for the Festival will be launched in November.

Raggamuffin IX will be the second time the festival has played in Auckland and spokesperson Brotha D (Danny Leaosavai'i) says a major change has been moving the event to February when the weather is more like to promise a sunny day.

Brotha D adds that festivalgoers will also notice some big changes to the site at The Trusts Arena.

"Last year was our first time at the site and while we know our audience had a great time, we're making changes so it will be even better. The Village will be down on the same level as the main stage and we're working to add more entertainment and amusement options in the Village area."

"And this year we're an all ages Festival so we're encouraging people to bring their families along - children under 14 will be free when accompanied by an adult ticketholder, and we've introduced a special youth ticket for young people aged 14 to 17."

Raggamuffin has traditionally supported New Zealand youth charities with the last two events raising funds for charity Y for Youth. The charity for the 2016 Festival will be the Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust - an organisation which provides music therapy to special needs children.

Pre-sale tickets for Raggamuffin IX are available from Monday 27 July. Early bird tickets are on sale to the general public from Monday 10 August until Monday 24 August through Ticketmaster 0800.111.999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz and Red Rat clothing stores.

Source: raggamuffin.co.nz