The international reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash roars again. The planet Rototom is already orbiting over Benicàssim to begin a 7-day journey. From the 16th to the 22nd of August. Which will be piloted by two exponents of the Marley saga. The sons of Bob Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and Julian Marley, on the Main Stage and the Reggae University, respectively. Both of them reflect the contemporary reggae scene in an edition with a marked roots vibe. A vibe that, nevertheless, does not renounce proudly displaying its diverse rhythmic range, a hallmark of the festival’s identity. Read all about this Rototom Sunsplash reunion edition.
The first, Damian Marley, with four Grammy awards to his name, will revolutionise the Main Stage in an evening that embodies the aforementioned variety of genres. The Skatalites, with a new generation of virtuoso musicians at the head of a line-up that maintains the original name of the top ska emitters of the early 60s, will open Rototom Sunsplash 2022, musically speaking.
Natiruts, the driving force behind modern reggae and a mass phenomenon in Brazil, will also contribute to this diversity of sound. The fusion of reggae, dancehall and Afrobeats of Surinamese artist Samora; Tiwony, exponent of the French reggae and dancehall scene and the reggae, dancehall and Latin music band Memoria, based in Cologne, will also vibrate on this first evening on the Lion Stage, whose programme will be opened by the Aragonese reggae band Jashta, the first homegrown act of this year’s Rototom Sunsplash.
The activity will shake up the other stages of the venue on this opening day, from Jumping to Dancehall or the Dub Academy, and will also reach the new incorporation of this 2022: Vodoo Club, a dance club that emerges in Jamkunda – the reformulated African Village – and to which the collective of the same name, Voodoo, promoter of Afrobeats, and by extension of African music and also of the continent’s avant-garde culture, brings the rhythm. Manga Rosa and Rishi Malik + Sanasesh will be the stars of Voodoo Club’s first session for Rototom Sunsplash.
Daytime Cultural Agenda
The daytime cultural agenda of the festival will be on the move. From early afternoon with the proposals brought by the different areas. One of the epicentres on opening day of this 27th anniversary will be the Reggae University. The temple of Jamaican music learning will open its doors with a joint session with House of Rastafari; and together with Clinton Fearon, ex-singer of Gladiators, and Ras Iqulah, special guest of House of Rastafari in this edition, will address the influence of the Rastafari movement in music. They won’t be the only well-known faces that will pass through this space to get Rototom rolling: the Reggae University will welcome Julian Marley, who will perform on Wednesday 17th on Main Stage, in an eagerly awaited face to face.
The presentation of Magicomundo, which premieres the collaboration of Formiguer with a large part of the team from the emblematic Formigues Festival of Benicàssim at the helm; Welcome workshops of the Artisan Market and the first of the workshops – for beginners to photography – in the Teen Yard. The space for teenagers that also expands its skate area. Join the start of this sonorous journey of Rototom Sunsplash 2022.
Rototom was surpassing 7 million followers in the last edition. The festival is activating 3 streaming channels through the links provided on the website. Via social networks and Radio Rototom (for concerts on the Main Stage). To bring the public who have not been able to travel to Benicàssim everything that happens on the site. They will allow you to connect from anywhere in the world with the performances on the Main Stage from 20:00 to 02:30 and with the Lion Stage between 21:30 and 06:00. In addition, the Reggae University’s main talks will be streamed live from 17:30 to 20:00.