Young, Fresh and Green: Jamaica’s First Eco Music Festival

May 31, 2011

By Jesse Serwer, via Jamaica Gleaner


In the US, attending a music festival more often than not means heading to the middle of nowhere and camping in a tent. Not so in the Caribbean, where they are generally held in or close to cities and resorts. So the organizers of the Green 4 Life Eco-Music Festival were extra strategic in picking a remote, waterfall-side location in rural St. Elizabeth (in a place called Maggotty, to be specific) for what they are billing as the first green music festival in the Caribbean. “Our mission is to raise awareness about Jamaica’s environment, using audio and visual aids,” said Yolande Rattray-Wright, the festival’s producer. “For patrons to see why we need to preserve Jamaica and its beauty.” While Stone Love, G-Whizz, Proteje, Admiral Tibet, Lady G and Lovindeer (there’s a name you probably haven’t heard in a while) are among the acts on the bill, the July 2 event will function just as significantly as a showcase for green products and local foods. For more information on the event and its organizers, visit here.