Jamaican summer comes to The O2

By Giles Broadbent on June 14, 2012 4:01 PM |


The O2 will be encouraging the sun to shine - or at least acting as if it is - with a celebration of all things Jamaican.

From July 24 through to the chillier reaches of October 22, the North Greenwich venue will be home to Jamaica Summer, featuring music, history and celebration.

The extravaganza will include an exhibition charting the life and career of Jamaica's most famous son, Bob Marley, as well as performances from legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets.

Among the highlights will be performances from Damian Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of this esteemed nation.

Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition will be brought over from The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to the British Music Experience.

The exhibition offers glimpse of the icon as a private, spiritual man, and as a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised.

Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family. Visitors will see an array of items, including Marley's famous Les Paul guitar, rare ticket stubs and exclusive interview footage.

For 11 nights from July 25, the sound of reggae and music inspired by the island of Jamaica will take centre stage at Indigo2.

Among the dozens of musicians flying in to the Capital to take part is triple Grammy award-winning reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley. He will be delivering his trademark blend of dancehall and reggae with hits like "Welcome to Jamrock" and "As We Enter" to thousands of fans.

Another reggae artist to join the festival is dub veteran Lee "Scratch" Perry who has worked with the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, the Beastie Boys and Animal Collective.

With over half a century of music under his belt, Perry is considered one of the godfathers of the scene. Joining him on the bill is Jimmy Cliff who will be wowing the crowds with breakout hits like "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "Sitting in Limbo".

Go to theo2.co.uk/jamaicasummer or britishmusicexperience.com. For tickets and information about the music acts go to aeglive.co.uk and respectjamaica50.co.uk