Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae is back in Liverpool for 2017

Liverpool’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage, Positive Vibration, returns in June for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation and positivity.

Headlining this year’s festival will be legendary 2-Tone band, The Selecter. Fronted by the iconic, Pauline Black, The Selecter were one of the key bands of the U.K ska revival of the late ’70s and early ‘80s (along with Madness and The Specials), often tackling sexism along with racism and other social ills.

In addition to The Selecter, this year’s stellar line-up will feature reggae heavyweights – Scientist, Channel One, Don Letts, Aba Shanti-I, Reggae Roast, Earl Gateshead, MC Brother Culture, Saxon Sound System, Prince Fatty & Horseman, Soul Jazz Records Sound System, Vibronics, DJ Andy Smith (former Portishead), Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound System, Dubmatix & Charlie P, I-mitri Counteraction, New Town Kings and Hempolics, with more acts still to be confirmed.

The Art of Reggae Exhibition

This year sees the return of The Art of Reggae Exhibition – a successful collaboration between Positive Vibration and the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC). The exhibition, which supports the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, will showcase 100 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators & artists from all over the world. You’ll also be able to bid on the posters.

The exhibition will take place from 7th June 2017.

The Reggae Q&A

There will be a panel discussion taking place on the Saturday of the festival, at which, we explore the impact of reggae on British music, culture & society.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Pauline Black – iconic frontwoman of 2 Tone band, The Selecter. Actress, broadcaster and author of music bestseller, ‘Black by Design’
  • Mykaell Riley – former member of Steel Pulse and founder of the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. Head of Music Production at the University of Westminster and Director for the Black Music Research Unit.
  • John Robb – award-winning music journalist and punk musician, John will be asking the questions.

More panelists to be confirmed.




On the Saturday of the festival, we will be hosting a number of creative, educational and dance workshops for the children, including:


  • Dub Poetry with Levi Tafari.
  • Arts & Crafts with Square Pegs.
  • The Rastaquarium.
  • Capoeira with Capoeira For All.



Apply to Play, Trade or Volunteer

If you would like to play, trade or volunteer at this year’s festival, please email:


Deadline to apply is 13th March 2017.


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