28th Annual Bud Light Reggae Festival

**Update 4/16: Tonight's concert with Ballyhoo! is officially sold out.**

Back in 2016 for its 28th consecutive year, Sugarloaf hosts the annual Bud Light Reggae Festival, the biggest springtime party in ski country, April 14-17.We're pulling out all the stops....again!

Headlining this year's event is Ballyhoo! a Reggae/Rock/Pop band that is sure to get you dancing. Music starts Thursday night in the Widowmaker Lounge and continues Friday with our Reggae rave hosted by Renegade Sound Station. Reggae Rave not your scene? Have no fear, New Kingston will be throwing down Friday night in the Widowmaker Lounge.

The goods don't stop there, we have a special treat for you on Saturday with an afternoon full of partying and live Reggae on our outdoor stage starting at noon. Keep the party going Saturday night with Ballyhoo! in the King Pine Room and even more music in the Widowmaker Lounge. Wake up with us on Sunday for Bloody Marys and reggae on the Beach, followed by even more at the Widowmaker Lounge.

Check out the full lineup below and get your tickets and lodging now. 

Ticket Options


VIP Pass - $100 
Limited number available. The only pass that gets you access to all shows Thursday-Sunday, priority-access to the Widowmaker on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as access to the Saturday VIP bar in the Widowmaker Loft, complete with appetizers from 2-5PM. Don't miss out on the action while standing in line. Buy your VIP pass now. Disclaimer: Priority Widowmaker Access dependent upon capacity. Come early to ensure priority access.


Good Vibes Pass - $25 
Grab a Good Vibes pass and get access to all Saturday night entertainment. This includes the Headlining act in the King Pine Room as well as the Widowmaker Lounge. Saturday night shows will sell out, so get your Good Vibes Pass now. Note: All night shows are 21+.


At The Door:

Thursday Night - $5 Widowmaker Access

Friday Night - $10 Full Venue Acess
Just $10 gets you access to the Reggae Rave in the King Pine Room, and New Kingston in the Widowmaker Lounge (dependant on capacity).

Saturday Night - $35 (if available)
Any remaining Good Vibes passes will be available to purchase at the door for $35 on Saturday night..  

Good Vibes Lodging Packages

Starting at $120
The best way to enjoy all that Reggae Fest has to offer is with a Good Vibes Lodging Package. Starting at just $120 per person per night, your package includes lodging in on-mountain accomodations, lift tickets, plus Good Vibes passes. Park y our car and party in style all weekend long. Lodging packages available by clicking here or calling 1-800-THE-LOAF.


Entertainment Schedule 







Royal Hammer
9:00PM - 12:30AM

Dub Kartel
2:30PM - 5:30PM

New Kingston
9:30PM - 1:00AM

Dub Kartel
9:30PM - 12:30AM

Gorilla Finger Dub
3:00PM - 6:00PM

Outdoor Stage


Gorilla Finger Dub
11AM - 12:30PM

1:00PM - 3:00PM

The Cliftones
3:30PM - 6:00PM

Renegade Sound Station
Noon - 3:00PM
(Weather Dependent)

King Pine Room

Reggae Rave featuring:
Renegade Sound Station
9:00PM - 12:30AM

9:00PM - 10:45PM

11:00PM - 12:30AM


A rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves, Baltimore's BALLYHOO! are a fun, fan-loving powerhouse. These road dogs have tirelessly toured coast-to-coast taking their music to the people. Between the road and the studio, BALLYHOO! have crafted a sound distinctly their own; fresh, fun, and embodied by the soul of the party lifestyle. Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, has a reputation for mixing slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice. Drummer Donald Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats. Scott Vandrey layers in the finishing touches to the band's signature sound on keys. The guys recently welcomed Nick Lucera as their new bass player.

New Kingston

NEW KINGSTON formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home, when brothers Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) began covering music by the likes of Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, The Whispers and many more. The three brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., called themselves New Kingston to appropriately reflect a combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. The musical styles of both places informed their sound and songwriting. They began performing in other basements and small backyard parties around town, all the while developing their skills and beginning to write their own original music. Talent rises to the top, and soon enough New Kingston started a heavy touring cycle supporting reggae stars such as Rebelution, The Green, SOJA, Matisyahu, Beres Hammond and Collie Buddz. As second generation Jamaican-Americans, they are able to just as easily hold their own with the traditional reggae scene.


Rooted in reggae rhythms and tropicália-inspired melodies, Jersey City-based Kiwi dynamically blends jazz flourishes and soulful grooves into a uniquely uplifting sound. After over a decade of entertaining audiences around the Northeastern US and Brazil, Kiwi continues to cause a stir with some of the New York City area's finest soul and funk musicians. In addition to hundreds of club and dancehall performances, Kiwi has also performed at a variety of music festivals and community events up and down the east coast. They are also proud to be an active and vibrant presence in their home base, the Jersey City arts scene. With a burgeoning American following, Kiwi also has a growing fan base in Brazil, where they have embarked on several tours.

The Cliftones

The Cliftones are a group of musicians, who together, create powerful music - a unique style of crucial, powerhouse roots reggae. In the true spirit of roots and culture, The Cliftones blend the sounds of a relentless dance groove with positive upliftment in the lyrical message. The result is an individual sound that is undeniably their trademark. Their influences range from The Gladiators, The Congos, Lee Perry,Tony Rebel, Buju Banton, Michael Rose,Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Bob Marley, Eek A Mouse, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo and many others.

Renegade Soundstation

Renegade is well-known at Sugarloaf and always brings the heat. DJ 4eign always keeps the dance floor packed during the annual Reggae Rave which will take place on Friday, April 15th in the King Pine Room.

Dub Kartel

Visualize the chalwa; Sense the riddim; Ride the hype wave; It's a reggae dancehall party, and Dub Kartel's goin' all in! Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia - these guys strive to create a seamless blend of world beats & hardcore reggae anthem's. Always throwing down creative mashups, they push for a new musical experience at every show to take the party to the next level. With every stage they conquer, this band is making fellow Maritimer's beam with pride.
Grab a Chalwa & your favorite adult beverage and we'll see you on the dance floor!

Gorilla Finger Dub Band

Gorilla Finger is a dub style rock band from southern Maine that is heavily influenced by reggae music. The band formed in the spring of 2011, and has shared the stage with many well respected artists in the Reggae and Jam band communities throughout Maine and New England. Performing a very aggressive approach to tradition reggae rhythms has given Gorilla Finger a very unique sound, and earned them a reputation of one of Maine top ranking reggae artists.

Royal Hammer

The Royal Hammer is a seven-piece roots reggae group from Portland, Maine. Heavily influenced by Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Roots Radics, Royal Hammer takes pride in the authenticity of their sound. Mike Taylor (The Awesome, Rustic Overtones) is backed-up by a heavy rhythm section including Gary Gemetti (Rustic Overtones) on drums, Tyler Quist (Jaw Gems) on keys, and bass player Stu Mahan (Nat Osbourne Band, London Souls), and with Ryan Zoidis (Rustic Overtones, Soulive) and Lucas Desmond (Model Airplane) on saxes and Dave Noyes (Rustic Overtones, The Plains) on trombone, Royal Hammer's grooves are deep and infectious.