Music is at Jamaica’s heart. Every pulsing beat pushes forth the creativity and soul of a bold, strong and resilient people.
In the last years, major changes occurred socially and politically, new genres of music were created as a means for islanders to make their voices heard. To really make the most of your Jamaican vacation, try and attend an event where live music will be performed.
Jamaican music is amongst the best traveled in the world of music. Reggae, in particular, was one of the first genres to become truly global and has since captured the imaginations of musicians and listeners around the world, establishing itself as one of only a few rivals to Anglo-American popular music on an international scale; a feat all the more impressive given the island’s tiny population.
You can listen to reggae everywhere in Jamaica, from dancing barefoot in the sand in Negril while a live band plays, to impromptu jams throughout the island. Music is at Jamaica’s heart.
Bourbon Beach, a popular beachfront music venue on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, hosts local bands, reggae artists, or themed parties on an almost-nightly basis, to the delight of tourists and locals. People-watching at Bourbon Beach is…
Say “Jungle” and every Jamaican will have heard of this nightclub, one of Jamaica’s longest-standing and best dance spots, located across Seven Mile Beach. The animal-themed indoor and outdoor club–with the slogan “Unleash the animal”–is a…
Alaska Drive,, Negril, Jamaica
If you’re in Jamaica in early February—Bob Marley’s birthday week—you’re in luck. Every year, the island celebrates the Reggae icon’s “earthstrong.” And you don’t have to go all the way to Kingston, although the music hub also hosts a series of…
Grizzly’s Plantation Cove
You haven’t quite experienced the most authentic Reggae concert in Jamaica until you’ve been to Rebel Salute. While Sumfest gets all the press and is more commercialized, Rebel Salute—held every January—is Jamaica’s largest strictly-Reggae…
Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium
Jamaica Jazz and Blues, held just outside Montego Bay, is one of the Caribbean’s most well-known festivals. It hosts some of Reggae’s top stars alongside a host of well known American artists–past performers include the likes of Gladys Knight,…
A favorite live music venue among locals and tourists in Negril, MXIII attracts a variety of big and smaller names onto its outdoor stage throughout the year. It also hosts the well-known annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash festival in February….
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Pier 1’s greatest appeal is its setting: The open-air restaurant and nightclub occupies a pier that extends out into the Caribbean in Montego Bay. By day and into the early evening, the restaurant draws visitors and locals interested in…
Wickie Wackie Live
A4, Bull Bay, Jamaica
If you’re staying on the east coast or close to Kingston, Wickie Wackie Live! is the place to be for some live reggae on the beach. For just a small entry fee, you’ll get to enjoy excellent local performances seaside—often held on Saturday…