Montreal International Reggae Festival announces four headliners

Montreal, May 8, 2015– For its 12th edition, held from Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16 at Montreal’s Old Port, The Montreal International Reggae Festival is proud to announce the confirmation of four of Jamaica’s biggest international superstars to its line-up:

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Friday, August 14
Beres Hammond

On opening night, the MIRF is thrilled to present one of the most well-known and loved voice of contemporary reggae, Mr Beres Hammond. For his latest visit in 2011, Beres kept the Montreal crowd in rapture with a brilliant set under heavy rains, on closing night. His huge catalog of more than 25 albums and countless hit singles make him one of the most popular artists on the international circuit, making this an outstanding opening night for our 12th edition!

Saturday, August 15
Lady Saw

On top of her game for the past 20 years, the “Queen of Dancehall” has paved the way for a whole new generation of Jamaican female singers. Her last MIRF performance dates back to 2010, but her stage presence and outstanding live performances are always as memorable!

Shabba Ranks
And for the very first time of its history, the MIRF proudly presents the most popular and prolific Dancehall artists of the 90’s, the legendary Shabba Ranks, who will be closing saturday night’s line-up! The Emperor of Dancehall, also known as theDouble Grammy Kid will be performing his most recent hits, as well as the songs that made him an international star, such asMr Lover Man, Twice My Age, Trailer Load A Girls or Housecall, after about 15 years away from the international stage. An absolute must!

Sunday, August 16
Cocoa Tea

Two years ago, all MIRF participants agreed on one single point: Cocoa Tea‘s breathtaking performance, on the Sunday night litterally stole the show of its 2013 edition! Back by popular and insistant demand, the sweet-voiced singer will be back at the Old Port for another incredible performance, including all his greatest hits from the mid 80’s to today’s!

Flashback on the 2014 MIRF edition

If the 2014 edition of the MIRF did not break any assistance records because of the gloomy weather, the artistic caliber of last year’s line-up was truly exceptional!

On Friday, Maxi Priest gave a totally inspired performance which, for a good amount of the spectators present was the highlight of the Festival! As his opening act, Etana proved why she is considered as one of the best female singers of her generation.

On the Saturday night, traditionally Dancehall-oriented, the Montreal massive had a chance to appreciate three of its rising stars: the young QQ, Kiprich and Demarco. Alison Hinds, the Soca Queen, delivered a high-energy performance worthy of her royal title, and Sean Paul had the pleasure of closing the night with all his greatest hits, backed by his fabulous dancers.

The MIRF‘s Sunday line-up was an incredible Who’s who of reggae, past and present. Dancehall’s current idol, I-Octanecharmed the audience from his first second on stage and made way for the greatest reggae songstress, Madam Marcia Griffiths. The Festival organizers took the opportunity to present her with a plaque to commemorate her 50 years career in the music industry!

Then, as a Rasta priest, Luciano blessed the assembly of this 11th edition with a powerful, energetic and mystical performance to close the Festival in a righteous way.

On a sadder note, you shall recall that the MIRF had confirmed the presence of the legendary singer Percy Sledge for last-year’s line-up. Unfortunately, a major illness had forced him to cancel, just a few weeks before August. The whole MIRF team wishes to offer their condolences to the family and friends of this timeless artist, who passed away on April 14, 2015.

The complete line-up of the Montreal International Reggae Festival’s 12th edition will be announced by press release in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Tickets for the Montreal International Reggae Festival 2015 will go on sale today May 8 at noon, online only on: Ticketpro.ca (514-790-1111 / 1-866-908-9090)

  • Friday: $30 at the door
  • Saturday: $65 in advance, $75 at the door
  • Sunday: $55 in advance, $70 at the door
  • Weekend pass for students: $120 in advance, limited quantities
  • Weekend pass: $130 in advance, $160 at the door
  • VIP Weekend pass: $300 advance purchase only, limited quantities
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