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‘The biggest Yet’: 25th Annual Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival Reveals Massive Lineup

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The Ska & Reggae Festival is set to return to Victoria this summer and their lineup has officially been announced!  Back and bigger than ever, this will mark the festival’s 25th annual year—a monumental achievement promised to bring a stacked cast of performers that you won’t get anywhere else.

This five-day celebration, from June 19th to 23rd in the heart of downtown Victoria, presents impressive debuts and favourites from around the world to showcase the power and beauty of Jamaican rooted music and culture.

“While Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival always aims to bring the masses something completely unique, this year nearly all four headlining acts are making Western Canada-exclusive appearances,” a media release read.

“You’re not going to find another festival like this anywhere around!”

Returning for the first time since their unforgettable 2019 performance is Less Than Jake—they’re set to headline again, and this time it will be held in the Victoria Curling Club (VCC) venue.

In fact, VCC will host a number of legendary ska bands, including The Suicide Machines who’s making their ska debut, The Slackers, The Planet Smashers Mephiskapheles.

Dead Prez will be headlining at the main stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, marking their first Canadian appearance in over a decade!

Also coming to the main stage will be Chile’s Gondwana making their festival debut, the UK’s Macka B & the Roots Ragga Band and Mungo’s Hi-Fi joined by vocalist Marina P.

California’s Big Mountain, best known for their cover of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way”, will also be making their festival debut!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for their iconic 25th year! For more information on the coming lineup, visit the Victoria Ska & Reggae website,

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