"Standing under the archway in the closed off Adderley Street, letting the mighty bass of Mungo’s Hi Fi soundsystem reorder my internal organs and the aromas of jerk chicken, herb and fresh sexy juice wash over me, it hit me: Birmingham does this type of event really well.
The location was near perfect: a little slice of 21st century carnival pleasure in old industrial Birmingham, using the roadblock space alongside the Rainbow’s warehouse, bar and mezzanine to great effect.
The line-up was pretty neat too. Everything I managed to get to - a live PA from city reggae outfit Friendly Fire, booming jungle from veteran DJ Micky Finn, The Selecter’s tight and bouncing set, most of Johnny Clarke’s heavyweight performance, plus the subtastic vibration white finger speciality of Mungo’s and the Ragga Twins – worked beautifully together to create a big feelgood vibe.
The mixed bill did its job in attracting a mixed audience and the festival was all the better for it; this was a night that was genuinely all about sharing in the music. So big up the Reggae City Festival organisers, and here’s to an even bigger and better event in 2014"
Lyle Bignon - Brum Notes
WHAT THE ARTISTS SAY
"Reggae City was a killer night, and supersedes itself every year - it was pumping from our early set at 9pm all the way through to 6am - joyful faces and so many acts to see in so little time, didn't stop for a minute! It was a real honour to be part of such an inspiring and uplifting event and can't wait for next year!"
"We would like to thank everybody @ Reggae City 2013 for organising such a well run, friendly festival. It was brilliant to be able to make our music in such a relaxed environment. Long may it run."
"Reggae City is the event that says 'Love Up Live Up' till the break of dawn for the people it was Love Feeling All Over Going To A Ball Big Big Ball Birmingham musical feast Reggae City feast good food for the people do it again Johnny Clarke will come again Reggae City Large in charge Love it Love the People Jah Is The Sunshine Culture Promotions connection Bless"
YOUTUBE BIG UPS