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REGGAE SUMFEST : IRISH & CHIN’S WORLD CLASH 20th ANNIVERSARY

  • Start: July 19, 2018
  • End: July 22, 2018

The Epic Sumfest Battle Will Feature DJs

Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Ricky Trooper and Pink Panther

Jamaica’s rich music culture is often emulated throughout the world. A good old-fashioned sound clash is one of the many musical standouts originated in the country that reggae fans across the world have come to enjoy. More classically defined, a sound clash is a DJ battle (mostly in reggae and dancehall) where two collective sounds – consisting of one or more selectors (or DJs as they say in the U.S.) – go tune for tune. They often use custom remixes (aka dub plates) featuring drops from marquee artists to win over the audience.
Now, Jamaica’s largest music festival Reggae Sumfest will host the iconic sound clash from one of the biggest players in the game. Irish and Chin will celebrate their 20th anniversary for a toe-to-toe, can’t-miss competition between leading sounds – Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Ricky Trooper and Pink Panther. This commemorative event will take place on Thu. July 19 at Pier One Event Center in Montego Bay, the night before Sumfest’s 2-day music festival.
Based on the historical context of its contenders, this year’s competition will be epic. Tony Matterhorn, the former selector for King Addies before going solo in 1999 at World Clash, is the first selector to win back-to-back World Clash titles, securing victories at World Clash Jamaica (aka Death Before Dishonor) in 2002 and 2003. Pink Panther, while playing Black Kat, has won the most World Clash titles in the 20 year run of the Series. He has 6 WorldClash trophies. Mighty Crown from Yokohama, Japan has won a total of 5 World Clash titles. They became internationally renowned in 1999 at World Clash after defeating Kilimanjaro, featuring Ricky Trooper, and Tony Matterhorn.  Ricky Trooper, as the lead selector of Kilimanjaro, won the first ever Irish and Chin World Clash, which was held in 1998 at Amazura in Queens, NY. His first major win under his own sound system, Sound Trooper was at World Clash Jamaica (aka Death Before Dishonor) in 2006.

 

Throughout its 20 year run, World Clash has been hosted by a number of celebrities including Ninja Man, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer.
For tickets and more details visit www.reggaesumfest.com. Reggae Sumfest 2018 has now expanded to 8 days of real authentic Jamaican entertainment and food.

About World Clash:

Launched in 1998 by promoters Irish and Chin in an effort to revitalize New York’s then fading sound clash scene, World Clash has become the industry’s largest authentic annual soundclash (Jamaican-based DJ competition utilizing Reggae and Dancehall music). The top-notch competition brings sounds from throughout the world to converge and showcase talent, skills and music knowledge before scores of fans. Considered the Super Bowl of sound clashes, World Clash has elevated sound system competition to an unprecedented level. Marketing World Clash as a stage show and sounds and selectors as celebrities, Irish and Chin catapulted the event into the mainstream. Growing in popularity, World Clash ultimately expanded to Canada, Jamaica, and Antigua. Yielding loads of selector and sound system stars, World Clash brought structured, yet authentic sound clash to audiences around the globe. In its current form, Irish and Chin use their Rumble Series clashes, which take place in 6 territories (U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Japan, Germany, and England) as a vehicle of identifying new rising sound system stars for the World Clash competition.

About Irish and Chin:

Irish and Chin are at the forefront of entertainment throughout the Caribbean diaspora. The company, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary throughout 2017, prides itself as the world’s most recognized and successful sound system/DJ based company/brand. With a huge following of DJ, Reggae and Dancehall music consumers, the company’s niche has been producing sound system driven entertainment, namely sound clashes. Through signature events and brands such as World Clash (now celebrating its 20th Anniversary), Reeewind, Sound Fest Vibez in the Park and the Rumble Series to name a few, Irish and Chin has presented sound system, Reggae and Dancehall culture to the masses, making a global impact. In 2011, Irish and Chin expanded their growing entertainment company into media with the launch of Sound Chat Radio, a syndicated talk show program and 24-hour radio network.

About Reggae Sumfest:

Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music as well as many other popular global genres of music. Now in its 26th year, the world’s greatest reggae music festival continues to pay homage to the musical genre that originated in Jamaica and has become a global phenomenon. Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to “Brand Jamaica” by promoting two of the country’s most valuable products – the music and the island itself as a tourist destination. Since its inception, Sumfest has made Montego Bay and the surrounding areas a prime summer destination for visitors and locals alike who flock to the city to enjoy some of the best talents in Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B. Over the years, Sumfest has partnered with a number of major local and international brands. Our goal is to continue these long-standing partnerships and develop ways to enhance their relationship with Sumfest to drive incremental value for their brands. Sumfest is owned by Joseph Bogdanovich and produced by his company DownSound Entertainment.

 

See 2018’s full schedule below.

Sun. July 15
Sumfest Colour-Fest Beach Party
@ Tropical Bliss Beach | Doors Open: 3 pm | (Ticketed)

Mon. July 16
Sumfest Street Dance
@ Hip Strip, MoBay | Gates Open: 7 pm | (Free)

Tues. July 17
All White Party
@ Pier One Restaurant & Bar | Doors Open: 8pm | (Ticketed)

Wed. July 18
The Blitz “All Black” Party
Feat. Safaree and Stefflon Don
@ (Venue TBD) | Doors Open: 8pm | (Ticketed)

Thu. July 19
The Inspire Awards
@ Iberostar Hotel | 5pm-9pm | (Invitation Only)

Thu. July 19
Reggae Sumfest Presents Irish & Chin’s World Clash 20th Anniversary
@ Pier One Event Center | Doors Open: 8 pm | (Ticketed)
Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Ricky Trooper and Pink Panther

Fri. July 20
Sumfest Symposium
@ Montego Bay Conference Center | Time TBD | (Free)

Fri. July 20
Sumfest Festival Night 1
@ Catherine Hall Event Centre | Doors Open: 7 pm | (Ticketed)
Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, Stonebwoy, Harry Toddler, Yanique, D-Major, Kemar Highcon, Dance Expressions, Govana, Tosh Alexander, Shano, Jah Fabio, Kim Nain, Rygin King, Vanzo, G Don V, Press Kay plus special guest stars

Sat. July 21
Sumfest Festival Night 2
@ Catherine Hall Event Centre | Doors Open: 7 pm | (Ticketed)
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Raging Fyah, Jesse Royal, J Boog, Fantan Mojah, Keznamdi, Empress Ayeola, Naomi Cowan, Jah Dore, D’Yani, Stushi, plus special guest stars

Sun. July 22
Sumfest Medz “Tailgate” Party
@ Dump Up Beach | Start: 8am | (Ticketed)

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