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Ballyhoo! to headline 28th annual Bud Light Reggae Festival

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - Following back-to-back record-setting weekends in 2014 and 2015, the largest spring skiing festival in the East, Sugarloaf's Bud Light Reggae Festival, is set to return April 14-17, 2016. The resort announced today that Maryland-based punk-rock reggae band Ballyhoo! will headline the four-day festival with support from 8 different bands including the widely-hailed New York-based reggae band New Kingston. 

Now in its 28th year, the annual Bud Light Reggae Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season, drawing hundreds of spring skiing and reggae music enthusiasts for a weekend filled with non-stop live music, wild parties, and abundant corn snow that has made Sugarloaf's spring skiing famous.

Ballyhoo, a four-man-band hailing from Aberdeen MD, formed in 1995 and has released 5 full length albums. With a robust touring schedule over the last decade, Ballyhoo! has performed on some of the industry's biggest stages such as Warped Tour, Bamboozle, California Roots, and Pow Wow Festival, alongside the likes of Slightly Stupid, The Dirty Heads, and Matisyahu.

Not your average reggae band, the Maryland quartette draws inspiration from 311, Sublime, Green Day, and Bob Marley to create a unique and melodic blend of punk-rock, alternative, and reggae genres. Their signature sounds mixes breezy instrumental grooves with uptempo punk energy and hip-hop attitude.

The bands unique sound has been featured on the ever-popular Hollister Holiday Playlist; they've also been listed on MTV's Top 100 Bands to Watch and even featured on the popular video game Rock Band.

Ballyhoo! will headline a group of seven other reggae artists, including Brooklyn-based New Kingston. The grass-roots quartet, comprised of brothers Courtney, Stephen, and Tahir Panton, plus Father Courtney Sr., formed in the Panton family's New York basement, in 2006. As second-generation Jamaican-Americans, their signature sounds has been described as the perfect balance of traditional and contemporary reggae sensibilities 

Influenced by their Jamaican heritage, and progressive New York upbringing, New Kingston shatters new age reggae stereotypes while simultaneously being able to hold their own with the traditional reggae scene. The group has released three full-length albums, the most recent of which, "Kingston City", debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart in January 2015.   

Boston-based Renegade SoundStation will return to headline the Friday-night Reggae Rave on April 15. Now in its fifth year, the Reggae Rave will run from 9pm-12am in the King Pine Room, featuring professional lighting and sound to bring a dancehall reggae experience to the Sugarloaf Base Lodge.

Non-stop live reggae music will be on-tap throughout the weekend with performances on three different stages by Dub Kartel, Gorilla Finger Dub, Kiwi, New Kingston, and more. 


All outdoor music on the Beach will be free and open to all ages. 

Concert access on Thursday and Friday night will be $5 at the door for anyone 21 or over. 

Good Vibes passes for Saturday night's performance by Ballyhoo! are on sale now for just $25 per person. The Good Vibes passes, which have historically sold out prior to the event, provide access to both Saturday night shows in the King Pine Room and the Widowmaker Lounge.

A limited number of Reggae Fest VIP Passes are also available for $100, and provide access to all nighttime events throughout the festival, priority access to the Widowmaker Lounge, as well as access to a VIP area and exclusive VIP bar in the Widowmaker Loft.

No outside alcohol may be brought into any venue, and all bags and coolers are subject to search. 

All-inclusive ski and stay packages are also available for Reggae Weekend starting as low as $120 per person per night, and include lodging, lift ticket, access to the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center, and a Good Vibes Pass providing access to live performances in the Widowmaker Lounge and King Pine Room on Saturday night. 

For more information on Sugarloaf and the Bud Light Reggae Festival, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/reggae


About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine