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Time to Shake Those Dreads
August 1, 2014   
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International reggae stars will flock to the picturesque Mazuria Lake District for the Ostróda Reggae Festival, which is being held Aug. 14-17.

This year’s headliners include Dub Inc (France), The Skatalites (Jamaica), Chronixx & ZincFence Redemption (Jamaica), Easy Star All-Stars (U.S.) and Zion Train (Britain/Jamaica). They will perform alongside top Polish reggae acts such as Mesajah, Maleo Reggae Rockers, Bednarek, Vavamuffin, Ras Luta, Tabu, Jafia Namuel, Bakshish, Cała Góra Barwinków, Kacezet & Fundamenty, Dubska and Bethel.

The Ostróda Reggae Festival started in 2001 as Ost-Rock-Reggae and was renamed in 2004. Each year, the festival is attended by around 10,000 fans and over the last 13 years it has featured over 550 acts, including 220 from abroad. Past performers include Poland’s best reggae bands such as Bakshish (pictured), Daab, Habakuk and Izrael, and the festival has also been a launching pad for the now popular bands Junior Stress, Vavamuffin, Eastwest Rockers, Jamal and Tabu.

Audiences in Ostróda have also seen live performances by some of the most prominent figures on the international reggae scene, including Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, Max Romeo, Misty in Roots, Steel Pulse and Dub Inc. Extending beyond reggae music, the Ostróda Reggae Festival welcomes acts that pursue other genres as well, such as Dreadzone and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Like each year, the festival includes competitions for vocalists and young Polish reggae bands. Audiences will also see reggae-related movies and exhibitions. Other festival attractions include dance workshops.

The festival kicks off Aug. 14 at the Amphitheater on Ostróda’s Mickiewicza Street, after which most festival events will be held at the Red Barracks—abandoned military barracks in the town center.

Tickets are available at www.ebilet.pl and www.ticketpro.pl. One-day passes can be bought at the venues. Admission is free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

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