ST. PETERSBURG — A month before Reggae Rise Up Florida was supposed to return to Vinoy Park, safety concerns have forced the festival to push back the date for a third time.
Reggae Rise Up Florida is now scheduled to take place from October 21-24, according to a Facebook announcement from festival organizers Friday morning.
“Despite the incredible amount of moving pieces with a festival of this scale, we never anticipated it taking this long to have more information for you,” a Facebook post reads. “In the process of exhausting all possible options to move forward with our March dates we had to remain committed to prioritizing the health, safety and experience of our community. This has been evolving constantly and only within the past few days have we learned that our only path forward together is moving Reggae Rise Up Florida Festival to October.”
Reggae Rise Up Florida’s 2020 festival was originally scheduled to happen at Vinoy Park in March. After the coronavirus pandemic hit, the three-day festival was pushed to Oct. 2020. Then it was moved to March 18-21, 2021. A fourth day was added to the schedule at no extra cost to ticket holders, ”as a gesture of our deepest appreciation for your loyalty.”
During past date changes, the festival said it would not issue refunds. The latest post said existing tickets will be honored for the new dates. An email will be sent to ticket holders with additional information and instructions.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads will still headline the event. Other bands on the bill include Fortunate Youth, Matisyahu, Protoje, Ballyhoo!, Collie Buddz, Hirie, the Expendables, the Movement, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Katastro, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Groundation.
“We are endlessly grateful for your continued support, patience and understanding. The live music industry has been on life support for the past year and you, the fans, are what’s keeping it alive!” the post said. “We appreciate all of you for sticking with us through these unprecedented times. THANK YOU! We cannot wait to celebrate with you again soon.”