Sunday November 10 and Saturday November 16.
The festival takes place at the glorious Seaworks in Williamstown. Parking is limited and public transport is a much better bet. For something different, you can even hop on a ferry from Southbank. This year will also see JMFF hit Sydney for the first time ever, where it will take over the Greenwood Hotel.
This one-day festival offers a huge selection of musical styles including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, dancehall, jungle and rub-a-dub. Headliners at this year’s event include Mad Professor (UK), Richie Stephens (Jamaica), Masia One (Singapore) Flames Eye (Jamaica), Deadly Dragon Sound System (US) and Gardna (UK).
In addition to a range of international guests, JMFF will also feature sets from The Push Reggae Band, Gaia The Band, Shanty Town, Jaspora, Moonhops, Jah Tung, Mohair Slim, Jake Savona, Adrian’s Wall, Heartical Hi Powa, and loads more.
What to bring
November is a little unpredictable as far as weather goes, so check the forecast and pack accordingly – whether it’s a raincoat or sunscreen. But no matter what the weather brings, a hungry belly and dancing shoes are compulsory.
No outside food or drink will be allowed in the festival. But with over 30 food, drink and other traders, why would you want to bring your own?
Now in its fourth year, JMFF is organised by Australia Reggae Radio and radio/DJ legend, Stick Mareebo, with support from Hobsons Bay Council.
The festival is supported by the local Jamaican and Caribbean community organisations and businesses through the Festival Friends network. The festival is consistently a hit with punters – over 10,000 attended last year.
This year, JMFF will have a carnival rides and bumper cars for kids (and some of the big kids). There will also be face-painting and a photo booth to keep the littlest festival goers entertained.
How does JMFF stand apart from other festivals?
JMFF is the only festival of its kind in Australia; one for people who truly love reggae and Jamaican culture. Organisers also want festival attendees to meet and make new friends when they come along.
One costume recommendation
There will be a costume parade at 3pm on the day, so dress-ups are definitely encouraged.
One must-see performer
Masia One, a Singaporean/Canadian dancehall singer – you have to see it to believe it. But also, make sure you don’t miss dub legend The Mad Professor.
One drink that encapsulates JMFF
Red Stripe, the real Jamaican Beer.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please call Stick Mareebo on 0433110995.
Early bird tickets are now sold out, but remaining tickets are $35 per person, free for kids under ten (but you have to book), $25 for concession card holders and $90 for a family ticket that includes two adults and two juniors (aged 10-17).
For tickets and more on JMFF, head to jmff.com.au.