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Reggae Fest ‘worldwide’


TONI YARDE

Reggae Fest ‘worldwide’

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NINETY-SIX countries!
That’s the number of places where patrons come from to be a part of the annual Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival, and according to FAS Entertainment’s director Al Gilkes, the numbers have been increasing over the years.
The veteran promoter was speaking at Kensington Oval Wednesday evening during the official launch of this year’s festival.
Australia, France, India, Netherlands, Denmark and Germany were named as some of the more distant territories where people were buying tickets for the events.
Gilkes revealed that the number of visitors over a three-year period (from 2011 to 2013) had increased significantly. He was quoting information complied in a joint project with iTickets Barbados.com, the official online box office for the festival.
“On iTicket Barbados we sold 117 tickets online in 2011 to people in the UK, 532 tickets in 2012 and in 2013 we sold 902 – almost doubled the number we sold the previous year,” he said.
The number of reggae lovers who came in from United States also increased over the three-year period.

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