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Sugarloaf set to host 23rd Annual Bud Light Reggae Festival, April 14-17

Festival will feature eight bands and new Friday night “Reggae Rave” outdoors on the Beach 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (March 14, 2011) – Sugarloaf’s Bud Light Reggae Festival, the annual spring party that draws thousands of spring skiing and reggae enthusiasts to the mountains of Maine, returns April 14-17, 2011 with eight performing bands and a new Friday night “Reggae Rave.” 

The new Reggae Rave will run from 9pm-12am on Friday night on The Beach, and will feature dancehall reggae from Boston-based Renegade Sound Station, as well as state-of-the-art lighting and sound, bringing the nightclub experience to the outdoors.  

This year’s festival will also feature headlining artist Mighty Mystic performing in the King Pine Room on Saturday night, as well as six hours of free outdoor music during the day on Saturday by Soul Rebel Project, Roots of Creation, and iLa Mawana.  Reggae bands Spiritual Rez, Royal Hammer and Fitzie Niceness & Soul Union will also perform in the Widowmaker Lounge throughout the Festival. 

Mighty Mystic is known for energetic live performances, and is a rising star on the US reggae scene. Born Kevin Mark Holness in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Mighty Mystic moved to Boston as a child with his family and immediately became a part of the local music scene. Now in his mid-twenties, Mystic has been touring the country and growing in stature and popularity since 2006. Mighty Mystic launched his latest album, “Wake up the World” in front of a sold-out show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. The album was released on iTunes, Amazon, and other retailers in November of 2010.  

Sugarloaf offers a number of different ticket and lodging options for guests throughout the weekend. For $39 guests can purchase the “Good Vibes Pass,” which provides access to both the Friday night Reggae Rave and the Saturday headliner show in the King Pine Room. The Good Vibes Pass is the only pass sold in advance of Festival, and is available for purchase online now. 

Tickets to the Reggae Rave and King Pine Room show will also be available at the door based upon availability, and will be $15 and $29 respectively.  

The Reggae Rave, King Pine Room concert, and all Widowmaker Lounge shows are 21-plus only and proper ID is required. All outdoor shows on Saturday are free and open to all ages. No outside alcohol may be brought into any venue, and all bags and coolers are subject to search.  

All-inclusive ski and stay packages are also available for Reggae Weekend starting as low as $133 per person per night, and include lodging, lift ticket, access to the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center, and a Good Vibes Pass.  

The springtime reggae festival got its start at Sugarloaf in 1988 as a way to celebrate the changing of seasons and enjoy the deep snow, warm sun, and classic spring skiing that the resort is famous for. Since that time the festival has grown into one of the most popular spring parties in ski country, drawing up to 10,000 reggae and spring skiing fans each year. In 2009 the festival was ranked as one of the “Top Ten Spring Bashes in North America” by Skiing Magazine, and was the only East Coast festival to make the list. 

For more information on Sugarloaf and the Bud Light Reggae Festival, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/reggae.