by Jodee Brown
Hailed as one of the most lyrical and controversial Dancehall artists in recent memory, emerging Jamaican deejay, Alkaline will be one of the headliners of this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest, according to reports Wednesday.
The artist, known for hits such as Church Folks, Moving Mountains and Lonely, is making his second appearance at the highly-acclaimed show, debuting last year on Dancehall Night to relative approval.
Also billed for Reggae Sumfest 2014 is Dancehall/Reggae powerhouse, I-Octane, who closed Dancehall Night at last year’s edition of the popular stage show. Octane continues to dominate local charts this year with songs such as Trend Setta and Crausis while currently promoting his latest album, My Journey, which includes the hits Love You Like I Do and Lighters Up (feat. Alaine).
Other big names expected to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage include Mr. Vegas, who recently scored with his hit, Party Tun Up (feat. Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop) as well as fellow deejay Spice, who recently collaborated with hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes on the remix of her So Mi Like It single.
Popular deejays, Aidonia, QQ, Assassin and respected singjay, Bugle have also been confirmed for this year’s show.
Reggae Sumfest organizers say that they are in the process of recruiting bigger names for the show, but have not revealed who those names are.
Some big names outside of the Dancehall arena that have been confirmed for the show include season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, American hip-hop superstar, Wiz Khalifa as well as Reggae superstars, Chronixx, Jah Cure and Sanchez.
Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place from July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Early bird tickets are now available on Reggae Sumfest’s official website.
The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.