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

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…

jungle nightclub

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…

MXIII Negril

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

B11, Jamaica
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,…

MXIII Negril

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….

Pier 1

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…

Reggae Sumfest

“The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth”
When: Sunday, July 12, 2020 – Saturday, July 18, 2020
Montego Bay
For over 21 years this festival has brought both local and international acts inspiring a whole host of young Jamaican music lovers to attend. Taking place mid-July each year Reggae Sumfest has become the biggest festival in the country.
The likes of Rihanna, 50 Cent and Usher have performed in the past alongside local reggae artists.
It attracts crowds of all ages from all over the world.


November Stadium North
Kingston, Jamaica
Bacchanal Jamaica is the biggest festival in the country, jam-packed with spectacle, pageantry and revelry.
 It’s a good-natured annual bash that takes the island’s music into the streets of Kingston. Since the first carnival in 1990 the event has grown phenomenally, attracting tens of thousands of costumed merry-makers and spectators who congregate over the carnival weeks and line the route for the final Parade.
The carnival, or bacchanal, lasts for several weeks from February through to April every year. There is always a theme for the annual celebrations. The carnival events are fun and worth attending but the real magic of Bacchanal Jamaica is that the whole atmosphere becomes that little bit more friendly and celebratory during the festival months.

Portland Paradise Weekend (PPW in Jamaica)

Portland Weekend’s events include live music, entertainment and a wide range of authentic Jamaican specialties. The event takes place in the Portland…

Rebel Salute Music Festival

January-Ocho Rios
Rebel Salute Music Festival started on 1994 and since it is held every year in Jamaica around January 15th the date of Tony Rebel, the reggae icon, birth date…
On the event that is known as one of the greatest culture and music Jamaica’s events, the audience can enjoy performances of the best musicians in diverse compositions, playing Reggae, Dancehall, Roots reggae, Reggae fusion, etc…

International Reggae Day

Once a year, in start July, Jamaica holds the International Reggae Festival.
This is 24 hours of celebration for reggae culture and its influence on Jamaican music. This event has a global media reach and is hosted in Kingston.

Bob Marley Museum

The Bob Marley Museum is a museum in Kingston, Jamaica, dedicated to the reggae musician Bob Marley. The museum is located at 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6, and is Bob Marley’s former place of residence. It was home to the Tuff Gong reggae record label which was founded by The Wailers in 1970.

Dynamic Sounds, The Famous Jamaican Studio

15 Bell Road, Kingston

Not only is this studio the place where Bob Marley recorded tracks off his influential Catch A Fire record, but also it was the first state of the art studio built in Kingston, Jamaica. Inside you’ll find literally stack of 45s with the studio now the go to place for local Jamaican artists.

Buy Classic Jamaican Reggae At Augustus Rockers Records & Museum

135 Orange St, Kingston
Decent quality records are hard to find in Jamaica, but this museum and record store pays tribute to both musician Augustus Pablo and Jamaican reggae music as a whole. This family business aims to keep vinyl and reggae alive with a huge range of reggae and rock music available in store. They claim to be the only record shop in Jamaica that still has that old time original look and vintage style.
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