The brilliant Bob Marley Festival is set to hit a high note in Abu Dhabi again – with a little help from the reggae legend’s own son.
The fifth annual musical extravaganza will be taking over Yas Beach on February 9, with a brilliant blend of live music, fantastic food and eye-catching art on show during a colourful carnival of entertainment.
Fans of the beloved music icon will be treated to a stage display by Grammy nominated musician Ky-Mani Marley, who will be joined for Jamaican dancehall reggae artist Busy Signal, who has collaborated with the likes of Major Lazer and No Doubt.
Reggae revellers will be able to enjoy a themed décor packed with memorabilia while they swing their hips to funky Reggae beats and refuel for the big party by sampling authentic Jamaican dishes by a variety of food trucks.
Visitors can also pick up a treasured memento from the visit by picking up handmade creations made by local talents that make up the Artisans of the Emirates (ARTE).
Organisers are also issuing a call for creative folk in the capital to submit artistic works that embody Bob Marley’s free spirit and the causes he supported.
Artworks can be in any visual form – as long as they represent the man, his music, his art and his legacy.
The artworks will be on show at the festival and will be judged by Ky-Mani and his brother Julian.
Not only will the winning artist get the chance to meet the brothers, but their masterpiece will also be put on display at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. The deadline for submissions is February 1. For more information, email email@example.com.
Reggae Beachfest is also running an online competition to win tickets to the festival. Fans can get in line for the prize by taking a photo of their most precious Bob Marley memorabilia and posting it on the event page on Facebook and asking friends to like the photo. The person with most likes wins an entry to the Bob Marley Birthday Festival with five of his or her friends.
Ky-Mani Marley said: “The number of followers my father has in the UAE is impressive. I did not expect reggae to be big in the country. Because of that, I have prepared an even better line up along with my band Konfrontation. I look forward to celebrating my father’s legacy again with the amazing people in Abu Dhabi.”
As this year would have marked the 73rd birthday of Bob Marley, the first 100 tickets sold will be at the discounted price of Dhs73, so there’s no better time to snap up your tickets.
Dhs73 (first 100 tickets sold), Dhs125 (early bird from Virgin Megastore and UAE Exchange outlets and online at Virgin and Platinum List), Dhs160 (on the gate). Fri, Feb 9, from 3pm. Yas Beach, Yas Island, www.reggae-beachfest.com.