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Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2023

Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July 2024

Four Days of Sweet, Sweet Reggae Music

+ Four Days of Camping in the Dorset Countryside

The Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2024

Held in the stunning Purbeck countryside in Langton Matravers on the outskirts of Swanage in Dorset, the Wilkswood Reggae Festival presents FOUR days of reggae and FOUR nights camping in the woods by the sea from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 2024.

Live on the Main Stage:
Johnny Clarke · General Levy + Joe Ariwa
Mad Professor · Zion Train
Shniece + Run Come Down
Aleighcia Scott · Dub Princess + Hotsteppas
Amarra + Askala Selassie + Robotiks

Live in the Jah Spirit Soundsystem Arena
with their own hand-built rigs:

Iration Steppas · Sinai Sound · Countryman Sound

Live on the Bangmix Outdoor Stage:
John Agard · David Katz · Selah Collins
DJ Shunz · Sistren Shirley · Warriah Force

Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2024

Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July

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Sweet, Sweet Reggae Music in the Purbeck Countryside

Held in wooded Purbeck farmland in Langton Matravers on the outskirts of Swanage, Wilkswood Reggae 2024 presents four days of reggae and with four nights camping on the Jurassic Coast from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July. This year’s festival will again see reggae legends rub shoulders with upcoming artists and DJs from the UK and abroad with over 50 acts performing across three stages.

Veteran Jamaican singer Johnny Clarke helped define the ‘Flying Cymbals’ period of the mid-70s working with producer Bunny Lee and he has since attained the same legendary status as last year’s Wilkswood headliner Horace Andy. General Levy will bring some high energy Junglist Massive to the main stage on Saturday night, accompanied by dub producer Joe Ariwa. Keeping it in the family, Mad Professor (Joe’s dad) will be making his now annual appearance at Wilkswood Reggae joined by a posse of his Ariwa record label artists. Zion Train will be making their first Wilkswood appearance, fusing their festival-friendly dub and acid house tracks with vocals from Cara-Jane Murphy. This year the main stage is dominated by female artists with performances from Amarra, Askala Selassie and the Robotiks, Shniece and Run Come Down, Dub Princess and Hot Steppas and Aleighcia Scott.

The Jah Spirit Sound System arena will again feature exclusive takeovers on each of the four days from some of the UK’s top sound systems. Confirmed so far are Leeds’ Iration Steppas and Sheffield’s Sinai Sound with Bournemouth’s own Countryman Sound performing with a crew of deejays and toasters. These genuine sound systems rarely appear outside of the street carnival environment and they will all contribute to the ‘Notting-Hill-by-the-Sea’ vibe at the festival.

Elsewhere a multitude of sound systems and producers will perform alongside a collection of acoustic, dance and spoken word acts on the outdoor Bangmix Stage. So far confirmed for this year are poet John Agard, David Katz, Selah Collins, DJ Shunz, Sistren Shirley and Warriah Force.

Founded in 2016, Wilkswood Reggae is very much a family-friendly festival and there is plenty to keep your little ones entertained including a dedicated kid’s field and a wooded clearing featuring storytelling, nature trails and music. There will also be free workshops in beatboxing, urban dance and rap performance. To encourage the whole family to come along, there are reduced prices for children up to the age of 17 and under-3s are free. With a capacity limited to 2,500, the festival is relaxed and intimate with plenty of camping space and is perfect for families with young children or people who just don’t like huge crowds. Both the Main Stage and the Soundsystem Arena are under cover so the music carries on whatever the weather.

Elsewhere there’s a chillout zone, street food stalls (including a Jamaican jerk barbecue, wood-fired pizza and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options), the main bar serving draught beer, ice cold lager and a varied selection of ciders and scrumpies as well as the Rumshak’s infamous rum cocktails. Merchandise stalls selling hats, clothing, jewellery, bells and whistles complete the festival experience.

The Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival has been presenting some of the best UK and international roots, dub, lovers, ska and ragga artists since 2016. Previous headliners on the main stage have included Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, General Levy, Brinsley Forde, Twinkle Brothers, Tippa Irie, Mikey General, Joe Ariwa, Earl Sixteen, Carroll Thompson, Janet Kay and Festus Coxsone.

Organised by Bournemouth’s Hard Way Promotions, the festival takes place over four days at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers and the ticket price includes full admission as well as camping and parking for four nights. There is a glamping field with pre-pitched tents and campervans and caravans are welcome (for a small additional fee).

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Glamp it up at Wilkswood Reggae Festival

Stay in glamping luxury at the Wilkswood Reggae Festival courtesy of New Forest Bell Tents. With two sizes of bell tents for either three or five people, you and your crew can be comfortable, snug and chilled out for all four nights of the festival.

Each fully-erected bell tent has a zipped-in ground sheet and has camp beds included (your choice of a mix of singles or doubles). Single beds are supplied with an insulated roll mat and doubles are supplied with a self-inflating mat. also included are rugs and entrance mat, coffee table, a LED lantern, bunting and solar festoon lights on the exterior.

Upgrades are available when booking including bedding, power packs, deck chairs, a fire bowl, giant beanbags and even a tealight chandelier. You can choose three nights hire or, if you have also purchased the Bonus Thursday ticket, four nights. Click the appropriate button below to book your tent and configure your extras.

Please note: Glamping Hire does not include the festival ticket and these will have to be purchased separately on the TICKETS page.