Jamaica Is Finally Getting Its Own Major EDM Festival
Dance music is returning to its roots in the form of a new major festival called Paradise Lost that will kick off in Jamaica next spring from March 10-12. Jamaican music such as dub and reggae has had an outstanding effect on modern EDM, and Paradise Lost hopes to see some of that recognition returned to the Caribbean island.
Jason Newman, a member of the team organizing the festival, explained his passion behind the upcoming event to Jamaica's The Gleaner.
“Some Jamaicans don’t know that the genre started here, and some of the foreign markets don’t know either. This is going to educate them to learn about Jamaica and appreciate our music all over again.”
Paradise Lost is expected to generate $5 billion in revenue, while creating 2,500 jobs for locals. Aside from those that have collaborated with Major Lazer, there are not many Jamaican musicians currently thriving in the dance music realm.
"Let's reclaim EDM, lets teach our artistes how to put their music out there, too. This is not about closing doors on Jamaican entertainers, this is about restructuring how we look at our music and how we treat it," Newman said.
Paradise Lost festival is taking place March 10-12, 2016 at Grizzly's Plantation Cover in St. Ann, Jamaica. Tickets will go on sale soon.