ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Reggae Fest is returning to the shore of Cayuga Lake for a third year. This week, festival organizers announced the exciting lineup for the summer festival.
Ithaca Reggae Fest will take place June 28 and 29, with the main event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Stewart Park. Some of the performers this year will include Grammy award-winning Jamaican recording artists Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie along with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, Double Tiger, Cha Cha & The Medicinals, Dub Apocalypse, E.N Young, and The Analogue Sons, festival organizers announced in a news release Tuesday.
The Haunt, at 702 Willow Ave. in Ithaca, will be the site of the official pre- and after-parties. The pre-party will take place on Friday, June 28, with DJ Sound Clash. And on Saturday, June 29, the after-party will be hosted by The Crucials.
Weekend passes and Saturday-only tickets are now available online at ithacareggaefest.com.
As much as the festival is a celebration of Ithaca’s reggae community and history, it’s also a celebration of Cayuga Lake. When the festival was first announced in 2017, co-founder Michael Mazza told The Ithaca Voice he has “always had a dream to celebrate reggae in this community,” and said the festival has a dual mission: to celebrate the reggae community and bring awareness to restoring Cayuga Lake.
“There’s so much attention which has been brought to Seneca Lake, and for good reason,” Mazza said in the 2017 interview. “But everyone thinks Cayuga Lake is going to be fine… we need to make sure our lake stays healthy – it’s all of our responsibilities.”
Keeping in line with that mission of preserving and highlighting the environmental issues facing Cayuga Lake, the festival will bring back the Education Village, which supports and showcases local, regional and national organizations dedicated to clean water. Ithaca Reggae Fest said in its first two years, they have been able to raise more than $10,000 in donations to local water-focused groups, including a $7,500 matching donation to support a new boat for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, or Discover Cayuga Lake. This year, the festival will also have a Wellness Village, International Food Village, and Youth Village.
Learn more at ithacareggaefest.com.
Featured image courtesy of Ithaca Reggae Fest Facebook.