Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raggamuffin in deep funk?

Under the optimistic headline "Big Day Out done; Long live Raggamuffin", the festival's NZ director  makes some amusing claims.

The article starts out by rebranding Raggamuffin as a funk festival (not a reggae one as previously advertised) and then it gets interesting...

"Next weekend's funk festival will be the event's fifth birthday, and promoters are promising the biggest act line-up yet.

The Rotorua-based two-dayer will feature internationally renowned Jamaican reggae and dub artists Sly and Robbie, as well as headliners Arrested Development and Hawaiian-based Pacific reggae artist J Boog.

Raggamuffin's New Zealand director, Jackie Sanders, said there would be twice as many acts as at last year's festival and an extra stage had been added. It will be bigger than the Australian leg, in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane..."

And how do we know for certain that Rotorua's Raggamuffin will be bigger than the Australian leg? Well, all the shows on the Australian leg were cancelled back in September last year. Some side shows were talked about for Australia following the cancellation. 

Sanders continues: "We decided that the way the economy is going we'd throw a bit more at the New Zealand festival this time, and that decision seems to be working."


Anonymous said...

The promoter is in deep funk too! see - http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/presenting-mr-mcmanus-20111222-1p728.html
OR about the now no-exsistant Raggamuffin festival http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story/2011/12/23/benefit-concert-minus-benefit/

Peter McLennan said...

thanks, anon, saw both those stories - I linked to one in a previous post mentioned above, The Man Behind Raggamuffin. Cheers