Sunshine and warm temps on tap for 27th Annual Bud Light Reggae Festival
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - With the start of Sugarloaf's annual Bud Light Reggae Festival just a few days away, forecasts are calling for a classic spring weekend for the biggest spring skiing party in the east, April 9-12.
Weather forecasts are calling for partly-to-mostly sunny skies and warm spring temperatures throughout the weekend, with highs approaching 50 on Saturday and Sunday. Given the unpredictability of April weather in the mountains, this is welcome news to festival organizers, and resort patrons making their way to Sugarloaf for this weekend's festivities.
"Last year's record setting attendance and gorgeous weather set a high bar for this year's Reggae Festival," said Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf Director of Marketing. "We've had successful events in every kind of weather imaginable, but nothing compares to a warm, sunny day when it comes to Reggae Fest."
Now in its 27th year, the annual Bud Light Reggae Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season, drawing thousands 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.
A New England native group, Stick Figure, will headline the three-day festival with a performance Saturday night in the King Pine Room.
Hailing from Duxburry MA, Stick Figure, the one-man show turned quartette, has been redefining reggae dub since 2006. Stick Figure draws inspiration from Bob Marley, John Brown's Body, Slightly Stoopid and other greats, to create a symphonic collaboration of reggae roots and dub, by layering tracks of individually recorded instruments on top of one another in unison.
Stick Figure will be joined by eights reggae artists, including Boston-based Renegade SoundStation, returning to headline the Friday-night Reggae Rave on April 10.
Halifax-based, Dub Kartel will kick off the weekend of live performances on Thursday April 9th, in the Widowmaker Lounge, and non-stop live reggae music will continue throughout the weekend with performances by Roots Rhythm and Dub, Soul Rebel Project, CatchaVibe, plus outdoor shows on Saturday by Renegade SoundStation, Kiwi, and Build a Machine.
All outdoor music on the Beach will be free and open to all ages, and Friday night's Reggae Rave will be $5 and open to anyone 21 or over.
Thursday and Friday night's performances in the Widowmaker Lounge are $5 at the door, and open to anyone 21 and older. Good Vibes passes for Saturday night's performance by Stick Figure are $25 when purchased in advance or $35 on the day of the show. Saturday night tickets will provide access to both the King Pine Room and the Widowmaker Lounge.
New this year, festival patrons can purchase a "VIP Pass", in addition to their Good Vibes Pass, for exclusive access to a VIP area, complementary hor d'oeuvres, and exclusive VIP bar in the Widowmaker Lounge.
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.