Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival.
By Leanne Yerex
Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival Celebrates 20 Years
July 19 - 23rd, 2019
Originally started as a single-day concert in the summer of 2000, the Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival has since grown into a five-day long festival spanning multiple venues across the city of Victoria, British Columbia, attracting in excess of 10,000 attendees.
The festival has hosted a diverse mix of international talent over the years, including Fishbone, The Slackers, Toots and the Maytals, Shaggy, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Easy Star All Stars and Booker T. Jones to name a few.
The 2019 lineup was no exception, featuring world-renowned artists from Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, USA and Canada.
Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist Ky-Mani Marley impressed the outdoor crowd at Ship Point in Victoria’s inner harbour with a mix of his original music along with several of his father Bob Marley ’s hits including: “Positive Vibration”, “Is This Love”, and “Everything's Gonna Be Alright”.
Washington, D.C’s The Pietasters brought their polished brand of ska, rock and soul to Capital Ballroom supported by popular local act Sweetleaf .
Local ska/punk act, One Drop , reunited to play the festival; their first concert together in over 10 years. Their saxophone player, Neville Gibson, is the operations manager for the Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival - both he and his band have been involved with the festival since its early days.
Florida ska-punk rockers Less Than Jake took to the stage after One Drop’s set. An excited crowd hoisted a fan and his wheelchair up to crowd surf, where he was invited to join the band on stage.
The festival capped off with a free all-ages show at Ship Point , featuring Canadian-Mexican artist Boogát and Baltimore band The Scotch Bonnets.