ziggy_marley_2006_001_smallThe second annual Raggamuffin festival kicks off this Australia Day weekend, with Ballina showcasing a stellar line-up of the world’s best reggae artists.

Ziggy Marley (pictured) is the headline act for Monday’s concert, and will take to the stage from 8.30pm. Other acts include Eddy Grant, Ali Campbell, Shaggy, Arrested Development, Inner Circle and Bonjah.

The first Raggamuffin event takes to the stage at Perth’s Supreme Court Gardens on Saturday January 24 in a five-hour musical feast of reggae – with a healthy dose of funk, dub, hip hop and soul!

The seven-band tour then heads to Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Football Club, on Australia Day Monday January 26 before playing in Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney.

The tour ends with a massive show at Rotorua Stadium, New Zealand, on February 7 for 25,000 fans.

Ziggy Marley is, of course, the son of the one and only Bob Marley.

His set includes songs from the Melody Makers, his solo arsenal and a few of his father’s classics. 

Ziggy is currently serving as executive producer of a documentary film about his father’s life, produced by Jonathan Demme (who shot Neil Young’s Heart Of Gold), planned for release on February 6 next year on the 65th anniversary of Bob’s birth.

Eddy Grant is looking forward to his first ever trip to Australia, whilst the voice of UB40’s Ali Campbell will debut his nine-piece Dep band to his many fans here.

After 20 million album sales and a Grammy award, Shaggy is still on the grind! His 2008 album ‘Intoxication’ has this dancehall master back at his best, while Arrested Development are always greetly warmly by their many Australian fans. 

Add reggae legends Inner Circle and Melbourne-based NZ reggae/roots/funk five-piece Bonjah opening the shows, and no wonder reggae fans are excited.

Promoter Andrew McManus said the local Ballina community had got right behind the event since the move from Red Devil Park, Bryon Bay, was announced in mid-December.

In Ballina, gates open at 1pm and playing times are:

1.30pm – 2.00pm  Bonjah
2.20pm – 2.50pm  Inner Circle
3.10pm – 3.40pm  Arrested Development
4.05pm – 5.00pm  Shaggy
5.30pm – 6.30pm  Ali Campbell
7.00pm – 8.00pm  Eddy Grant
8.30pm – 9.30pm  Ziggy Marley

Kingsford Smith Park is located at Bentinck Street, Ballina. BYO picnic, or food will be available on site. Strictly no BYO alcohol.

Check out the website www.raggamuffin.com.au for all the details.

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