Who has already stepped on the occasion reggae territory of the festival Rototom Sunsplash –That cam anchors in Benicàssim (Castellón), from August 16 to 22- you will know that there are a handful of habits, corners and essential activities to live this festive experience in depth. Who discovers this summer, it may not take long to internalize that kit of ‘things to do yes or yes in Rototom Sunsplash’. How to taste a injera Ethiopian, a good dish of fish braised in the Jamaican restaurant or a pizza of the Elves on the grass while the Main Stage resumed its activity. Or mark a dancehall session in the Solé (the beach bar of the contest in the Castellón beach of Gurugú) or African dance in another area of the enclosure: African Village. Or route through the seven stages and the more than 100 musical proposals that spin this edition (with Ziggy Marley, Chronixx, Busy Signal or Marcia Griffiths among the main courses). Or use the panorama that the Radio Rototom box offers from the Main Stage to become the best selfie; ‘Leonizar’ (the lion is the icon of the festival) in full swing by t-shirt or tattoo; and, why not: take a nap in the coveted hammock area or join the intergenerational parade that every evening, with the sunset, announces the start of the concerts. The transition between a festival that vibrates during the day, and also at night.
The Rototom Sunsplash starts up the machinery of its 26th edition. The tenth consecutive one that celebrates in Spain after its transfer from Italy in the summer of 2010. The motto of this year: Stand up for Earth, enhances the already consolidated sustainable philosophy of the event and activates an inclusive experience to enjoy with friends or family. Here are a few arguments, and advice, to build a Rototom adventure of ten, from those who already know it.
The arrival: what to put in the backpack?
Key to wear comfortable and fresh clothes; that indispensable multipurpose pareo; head cover; Sunglasses; bikini and swimsuit; and comfortable and restrained shoe, especially for concerts. You also need a canteen or reusable glass: the festival eliminates plastic bottles, but reinforces water points where it can be recharged at an affordable price.
The Sunsplash will open lockers 24 hours before. From August 15 at 12.00 until the end of the festival, during uninterrupted hours.
If you camp in the “little free town of Rototom”
Toni Mateu, from Valencia and a regular at the festival for six editions, has it clear: "In the camping you can not miss ice, cold beer, mosquitoes and many cans of preserves," he says to EL PAÍS with a laugh. A basic package to which the tent can be added (if you do not opt for the caravan or the glamping); inflatable mat or mattress; Kitchen utensils and a portable fridge. Also a cart with wheels to move luggage and a tarp to expand the shadow area a little more than the more than 500 trees planted in recent years. Rototom Sunsplash camping has community kitchens, market, ice sales, slogans and mobile charging points. “The campsite is family, freedom, love, warmth, freshness, party… It is a small free town. There is an atmosphere of solidarity that does not occur in other festivals, ”says Mateu.
100 concerts Seven scenarios
From the Main Stage to the Lion Stage, through the African Stage, the Jumping stage, Caribbean Uptempo and two other festival classics: Dub Academy and Dancehall. Seven musical platforms with which the contest will ride from reggae, dancehall or dub, to black-rooted music, the deepest rhythms of the Caribbean (with the sounds of 2 tone, ska or cumbia at the head), going through the dj sessions at the rhythm of afrobeat and coupé-décalé.
A planetary poster with female weight and special shows
Artists from 23 countries (Jamaica, Panama, United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, France, Angola or Ghana, among others) nurture the Rototom Sunsplash 2019 poster. The festival will host Jamaican exponents as the Grammy winner. Bob's son, Ziggy Marley; the heir of the 21st century reggae culture, Chronixx; the creative dancehall DJ Busy Signal; Bushman's deep voice; the first family of modern reggae: Morgan Heritage; or the temperamental vocalist Rasta Anthony B, not forgetting the veteran band Israel Vibration and Kenyatta Hill representing Culture.
The 2019 poster also opens to reggae legends celebrating anniversaries, such as the 50th birthday of the Rastafarian group The Abyssinians, the 45 years of the progressive reggae band Third World or the four decades in the music of ska Selecter's training and the prophets Misty in Roots dreadlocks. Rototom's musical melting pot will make the public enjoy the richness of female empowerment with the versatile Rasta vocalist Queen Ifrica; the first lady of reggae, Marcia Griffiths; Jamaican singer-songwriter Jah 9 or the velvety voices of Lila Ike and Sevana, under the production of Protoje. And more: this edition will witness the return of soundtracks of reggae film classics (Rockers Y Babylon); It will add other planetary references such as the Slightly Stoopid Californians or the French hip hop collective L’Entourloop and will dance with the international artists who will visit the sound system areas.
2019 marks the ten years of Rototom in Spain and to honor this date and celebrate the growth of Spanish reggae, Green Valley returns to Benicàssim with a concert with special guests to close the edition Stand up for Earth August 22 Also representing the national reggae, the fusion of reggae, rumba and funk from Barcelona's Macaco will go up to the Main Stage; the Navarrese duo Iseo and Dodosound with the Mousehunters; and the harmonic trio of Madrid Emeterians. The project is joined by Women Soldier, a powerful exhibition of the wide range of female artistic expressions in the field of reggae and dub under the production of Chalart58.
Custom musical route, by Wadub Kibir Sound System
Ángel de la Mata, from Cordoba, is one of the vertices Wadub Kibir Sound System. Regular to Rototom Sunsplash, he brings his personal musical commitment to EL PAÍS. “What I have left of the Main Stage is with the opportunity to see many groups that we will probably not see again; there are many anniversaries of bands that have done a lot to spread Jamaican music, ”says de la Mata, which highlights the special shows of Rockers Y Babylon. Also the staging of the French L’Entourloop, “who drink old-school soul and hip hop influences, which, when mixed with reggae, give a super cool and personal remix. I really want to see them, ”he says. Or the special concert of Green Valley & Friends for the ten years of the festival in Spain. On the Lion Stage, apostille, "there is butter of the good." And he quotes Eva Lazarus “with that UK sound so his”, or Gentleman’s Dub Club, also from the United Kingdom, and the Mad Professor show. “This year's poster is proof that the British scene is giving a lot of attention; it shows that the access channel of the Caribbean music that the islands assumed is still very present ”. And as "passionate about dub," Angel recommends not missing anything that will happen at the Dub Academy. "I'm expectant, it's a unique opportunity," he concludes.
This year the ‘cashless’ system is released. All payments made within the festival can only be made with the access bracelet, which will act as a credit card. Inside the enclosure there will be three recharging points (in cash or with a card and attended by physical personnel) and in the camping two others. In addition, there will be six automatic kiosks distributed in the enclosure where you can only recharge with a card. The public can recover the remaining money from their bracelet at the checkout or through the festival website. There are no ATMs on the premises. Nor tobacco machines.
Meeting point and tricks for ‘influencers’
The Bob Marley statue or the giant peace symbol are two good references for a hangout among friends inside the enclosure. The Radio Rototom box offers one of the best views of the Main Stage. For sunsets, a good option to succeed in social networks is to merge the colorful scene of the African Village or the works under construction of the Social Art Gallery with the light of the sun saying goodbye.
Live the festival as a family
The Rototom Sunsplash shows that it is possible to live a family vacation experience under the cover of a great festival. The offer of cultural activities for the public 'often' in Magicomundo, Rototom Circus or Mercado Artesano, together with the comforts of the enclosure – with limited capacity to avoid overcrowding – and camping – which has family plots in the most shaded area of the campsite -, invite you to dive every summer, as a family, in the reggae territory of Rototom. This year the festival also makes a special nod to the adolescent public and creates an exclusive area for him: Teen Yard, with three daily hours of activities.
‘Green’ awareness to care for the planet
The total elimination of plastic joins other innovative proposals such as barter areas to reduce waste or a food donation campaign against food waste. Talks, workshops of recycled materials, cinema with message and eco family activities extend the tools available to everyone, and all, to make this, another possible world.
Much to do between concert and concert
The enclosure brings together 40 gastronomic proposals to enrich palates. Japanese and Thai cuisine, Senegalese dishes and Ethiopian and Ivorian fusion or Maghreb pastry; along with delicious proposals from Peru, Colombia and Argentina; Rice and other traditional Valencian snacks and vegan and vegetarian dishes fill the menu this year. The novelty ‘gastro’ is called Pure Life, a space dedicated to alternative drinks. Between concert and concert and bite and bite, a good plan is to go into Reggae University and explore through its projections and debates the legacy and future of the Jamaican musical genre par excellence; or for a tour of the market, which brings together dozens of stalls with handmade jewelry, cosmetics, textile articles of ecological fabric and diverse styles – from urban to Rastafarian, etc. Also for daring with a yoga session or with the workshops of singing and body expression in Pachamama. And those who prefer the beach, can give their all in the dancehall classes of the Solé Rototom Beach, the official beach bar of the festival in the Gurugú.
An inclusive festival
The festival offers free tickets for children under 13, over 65 and people with disabilities over 65%, along with a companion. It also has adapted facilities. People registered in Benicàssim have a 50% discount on tickets, and those unemployed can access the site on August 20 for 5 euros.
Ensuring access to safe leisure for all people and a festival free of sexist, racist or LGT behaviors and aggressions is the objective of the Respect Point, which will be installed next to the tent of the Social Forum from August 16 to 22 between 19.00 and 6.00 hours.
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