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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

One Love reggae festival at Hainault Forest. August 6 - 8

WHAT has Kingston, Jamaica, and Hainault got in common?

Thirty-two years ago, the legendary Bob Marley performed at the first One Love Peace Concert in Kingston.

It was held during a political civil war between the Jamaican Labour Party and the People's National Party.

And it peaked during Marley & The Wailers' performance of Jammin, when the singer joined the hands of political rivals, Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP).

This year's One Love Festival, in honour of that concert, will be a three-day affair, the number one reggae festival in the UK, and it will be held in Hainault Forest Country Park on August 6-8.

And, according to the organisers, tickets are selling at record rates.
A stack of national and international artists will play. There will be poetry, spoken word, a Fair Trade village and a Sunday carnival procession.One Love Festival is a melting pot - a multicultural, ethical, free trade and environmentally-friendly event, buzzing with creativity, ideas and soul.

It boasts 100 per cent compost toilets, a target of 80 per cent recycling and solar-powered sauna and showers.

One Love Festival has put the ticket-buying frenzy down to the recent sunny weather, the new location, past festival successes and this year's line-up which includes Luciano, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tippa Irie, Gappy Ranks, Winston Mcanuff, Radio 1's Ras Kwame and Robbo Ranx and local acts among hundreds of others.

The music areas will feature some of the most influential reggae and dub musicians, bands and DJs from the scene, and festival-goers will be entertained from day until night, with some additional surprises along the way.

Festival organiser Dan Wiltshire said: "London is a long time coming and we can't wait to hold the festival in its new setting.

"It's going to be a really special event - we've had some really positive feedback and there has been a huge buzz about 2010."

Tickets can be purchased from One Love Festival 2010


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