Every summer since the 1970's, the town of Geel, in Belgium, receives thousands of people from all around the world. They come to enjoy two days of peace, love, freedom and Reggae music. 2018 will see the 40th edition of Reggae Geel, making it one of the oldest, if not the very first, annual European Reggae festival.
Damien Marley playing in Reggae Geel 2014
In almost four decades of existence, Reggae Geel has brought quite a few legends and major names in the history of Reggae to the small Belgian town. Stars like Yabby You, Bunny Wailer, Cornell Campbell, Linval Thompson, Johnny Osbourne, Lee Perry and U Roy. Currently, the festival features some more recent international Reggae and Dancehall artists, such as Alborosie, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Protoje, Chronixx and Grammy Award-winning artist Damian Marley. In 2017, highlights went to Iba Mahr, Black Uhuru, Jesse Royal, Tenasse Chin, Steel Pulse, Glen Washington and more.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, the Dub music legend, playing in Reggae Geel-2016
This festival has grown a lot in the last few years, counting with more than 50.000 fans of Reggae, Dancehall and Dubstep in 2017, while managing to keep its relaxed and free environment at the same time.
Photo taken at Reggae Geel 2017
Reggae Geel 2018 will be in August 3-4. The line-up has not been released yet, but we can only have high expectations for the 40th edition of such an iconic Reggae festival.
You can check the full festival lineup and more in the FestivAll Reggae Geel page here!