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Reggae Fest Brings Fun, Positive Vibes to Event Center

This Friday night D Chill Spot (207 E Thomas St) and CaribSo (101 N Fairview Rd) will present Reggae Fest 2023 at the Rocky Mount Event Center. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8.


Headlining the show is reggae legend Beres Hammond who will be joined by other musical guests. According to D Chill Spot owner Zabdiel Dewar, last year’s event had over 1700 people in attendance. Many of the attendees came from out of town last year, and the same is true this year.

Beres Hammond, one of the last remaining performers of the Bob Marley era of reggae, attracts fans who have not been able to see him in larger cities like New York City or Atlanta.

Dewar wants to bring Jamaican culture to the city of Rocky Mount while also helping Rocky Mount’s reputation and culture garner greater acclaim. Dewar bragged on Rocky Mount saying it is a small town with a big culture.


Reggae Fest is intended to bring the positivity and love for parties in Jamaican culture to the community. “Reggae is about love and positivity,” Dewar says. “Reggae is about having people come out, hearing great music, having fun, and going home feeling good.” He hopes the event can bring people in the community together.


Reggae Fest 2023 has tickets available now and tickets will be available at the door. In addition to regular seats, VIP tables are available for purchase for six people. These tables will be in the floor area, which provides the best view. They will also have special access to a bar, as well as VIP parking.

VIP Tickets are available for $100–120 each, but they must be purchased in groups of six. Standard tickets are available for $50–85 each.

Concertgoers can also enjoy D Chill Truck, which will be on site serving Jamaican cuisine. Other local vendors will be there selling cultural items, medicinal herbs, and more. Outside food and drinks will not be allowed.


Those unable to attend Reggae Fest can enjoy reggae every Saturday at D Chill Spot in downtown Rocky Mount. Starting in September, they will have a live band featuring local musicians once a month.

Twin County Media is giving away FOUR FREE TICKETS to this weekend’s Reggae Fest on a first-come basis at our Community Partner Simmons & Harris’s office at 1175 Jeffreys Rd in Rocky Mount.

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