Need an epic event to help close out your summer in style? Look no further, Reggae Rise Up Utah recently revealed their full lineup and festival details and its shaping up to be a big one. Held in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains at Rivers Edge in Heber, Utah just outside of Park City, the two-day camping and music festival taking place August 19-20 aims to deliver in epic proportions!
Reggae Rise Up has been at the top of the charts for reggae festivals over the past seven years. Earlier in the year, another edition of Reggae Rise Up Florida was held in St. Petersburg at Vinoy Park, boasting one of the biggest lineups we’ve seen all year -– the event was of course well received and a blast for all who were able to attend. The Utah edition will certainly have big shoes to fill, but with a mind-blowing lineup on deck and camping options available, you’ll want to give this one some attention.
The full lineup for Reggae Rise Up Utah 2017 will include:
Jungle Man Sam
Tribe of I
The Green Leefs
Funk & Gonzo
Live Sets to Catch:
Reggae Rise Up Utah is certainly chock-full of household names at the top of the lineup, but following suit with Reggae Rise Up Florida, the festival also features some deeper cuts of artists and bands you’ll want to make sure you work into your schedule. It goes without saying that attendees can expect monumental sets from the powerhouse names, but some additional artists to keep on the radar for the festival include and are not limited to:
Artist: Iya Terra
Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Why You Should See Them: Iya Terra has been gaining notoriety and picking up momentum with each passing year. Fresh off their hit release and third album Sacred Sound which dropped earlier this year, they’ve been on the road steadily bringing their new tracks to the masses in a live setting. Uplifting lyrics and fluid, wholesome instrumentals highlight their sound, and the group carries an overall motive to “bring positive music to the masses.” The band has also been featured on several other festival lineups and are sure to electrify the crowd at Reggae Rise Up. Circle this one and don’t miss out!
Listen: Iya Terra – “By My Side”
Origin: Kingston, Jamaica
Why You Should See Them: Island influences and covers galore – Conkarah mixes plenty of elements into his music for all to enjoy. With several albums and EP’s already to his name, Conkarah has been working his way up the reggae charts. Listeners can expect light vocals, roots instrumentals — sprinkle in some EDM influences and build / drop sequences and Conkarah is a delight to listen to. Notable covers that have been dropped by Conkarah include his unique spin on “Work” (Rihanna), “Shape of You” and “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran), a fun edition of “Fast Wine” (Machel Montano) and many more. This set will be a fun one so make sure you work it into your schedule.
Listen: Conkarah – “Sweat” (cover)
Artist: Funk & Gonzo
Origin: Salt Lake City, UT
Why You Should See Them: Set aside the killer name working in one of the greatest Muppets ever – if you haven’t listened to this quintet from Salt Lake City, they are more than worthy of your time. Right in their backyard, they’ll be bringing their live show to Reggae Rise Up and you won’t want to miss these guys – they state that their style is rap/rock but they are heavily influenced by jazz, reggae, blues and many other styles of music. Reggae influences are certainly evident and listeners will be able to immediately compare them to big-name artists, but perhaps their most pleasant quality is their dominant (and at times dueling) guitars. Don’t miss this one!
Listen: Funk & Gonzo – “Pavement Pioneers”
Artist: Herban Empire
Origin: Salt Lake City, UT
Why You Should See Them: Also considered hometown favorites, Salt Lake City based Herban Empire will be bringing their uplifting music to the stage. The alternative reggae-rock quartet sports heavier, distorted guitars at times that work itself into their musical identity – and it works quite well! The band has mentioned that when people talk about the best bands in Utah, they want to be at the top of the list. Their self-titled EP Herban Empire which released a few years ago has them well on their way to being in the mix! Check out one of the tracks from the EP and don’t sleep on this set.
Listen: Herban Empire – “Soda Pop”
Reggae Rise Up Details:
To help support the complete festival experience, Reggae Rise Up Utah will be offering several camping options for onsite accommodations! GA and Premier campsites, RV options and cabins are available for reservation at Rivers Edge at Deer Park. VIP passes are available with extra amenities including expedited festival entry, a commemorative RRU festival shirt and lanyard as well as premium viewing areas and sponsor swag.
Reggae Rise Up Utah has lined up an extensive list of activities for campers and attendees to enjoy as well to really offer much more than just the live performances. Patrons can expect to enjoy a wide variety of food vendors, beer wagons and a full bar to quench their thirst –- crafts including a trash-can art contest, games and relaxing stations will also be offered. Attendees are encouraged to camp, and are reminded that camping passes are to be purchased separately as they are not included with GA Tickets to the festival grounds.
Set times will be revealed closer to the event date and all options for passes and accommodations can be found at the official website link listed below. What’s not to love? Bring your camping gear, drinking hat and get ready for an epic weekend of music and memories to last a lifetime!
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Article By: Brian Glaser
Watch: Reggae Rise Up Florida 2017 Official Aftermovie