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Early Start For 2K8 Reggae Sumfest, July 13, 2008, Jamaica

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Reggae Sumfest 2008 events will get underway an hour earlier this year.

That’s the word from executive director, Johnny Gourzong. Gourzong explained that unlike in past years when show times were 9:30 each evening, all concerts will start at exactly 8:30 p.m. Jamaican time this year.

But the party will stretch way beyond the 2 a.m. deadline, he added, allowing fans to get the best bang for their buck while being able to party hearty at `Jamaica, best, the world`s greatest` reggae festival.

Reggae Sumfest 2K8 opens in Montego Bay, Jamaica officially with a beach party on Sunday, July 13th featuring the music of Classique, Crazy Neil, Danger Zone, Arif Cooper and the Pace Band.

Sumfest will continue on July 17th as dance hall stars Beenie Man, Spice, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Voice Mail, Macka Diamond, Vybz Kartel, Harry Toddler, Busy Signal, Munga Honourable, Ninja Man, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Assassin, Mavado, D’Angel, Konshens & Alley Cat turn the temperature up on the world`s greatest reggae festival.

Sumfest`s international appeal takes over on Friday, July 18th when Rapper Lil Wayne joins R&B singer, Keyshia Cole, known for hits like `Should A Let You Go,` `Heaven Sent` and `I Remember,` at International night. They are set to share the stage with reggae`s conscious voices, Richie Spice, Coco Tea, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah and the almost soulful, Terry Linen.

The curtains of Reggae Sumfest will come down on Saturday, July 19, as the legendary John Holt, reggae crooner Beres Hammond and T-Pain, get ready to thrill fans alongside Tarrus Riley, Rootz Underground and Etana.

Tickets for Reggae Sumfest range between $15 and $50 and are going fast at: http://www.reggaesumfest.com/index.php? option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id= 117&Itemid=89.

Fans will also be in for a treat this year as dancehall night will be streamed lived by Karib Links.

Reggae Sumfest is by far the most successful event on the entertainment calendar in Jamaica and recently earned ‘Promoter of the Year’ and ‘Concert of the Year’ at the 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards on May 4.

For travel packages and more information, log on to www.reggaesumfest.com. This year’s sponsors include Air Jamaica, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Ocean Spray and Jamrock Magazine.

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