On Feb. 10 and 11, one of Southern California’s most loved music festivals came to town. The One Love Cali Reggae fest took place for the third year in a row at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
The festival consisted of two separate stages that had musicians playing on both days, as well as a pre-party on Feb. 9 that was on the Queen Mary boat and gave people a chance to see some of the artists in a smaller setting.
“This festival is absolutely amazing and I can’t get over how good this year’s line-up is,” said One Love festival attendee Gabby Mazza.
Top rated reggae artists were welcomed to the stage for this two-day festival.
On day one, Rebelution, Atmosphere, Iration, J Boog, Pepper, Matisyahu, Fortunate Youth, Collie Buddz and many others took to the stage. On day two, Nas, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Iration, Stick Figure, Common Kings and more put on an amazing show for Long Beach’s reggae fans.
With Long Beach being California’s most rooted place for authentic, reggae style music, the Queen Mary was the perfect venue for the occasion.
“Long Beach is where this all started! This place is the roots of where reggae was born and it feels great to play here and keep that legacy going,” said Micah Pueschel, the vocalist of Iration.
The One Love festival sold out of tickets weeks before the show began by people who were ecstatic to be there.
The vibe of the crowd was full of pure happiness, love, and unity. Everywhere you turned, people were smiling, laughing and dancing.
“I can’t believe how many people are here. I was so excited when I heard the festival was sold out. It’s so cool being surrounded by people who all have a love and passion for real reggae music,” said Logan Phelps, a One Lover.
Considering this is only the third year this festival has taken place, One Love has really set the bar high for their future events.
As the reggae community continues to grow, Long Beach will always be the number one spot for reggae lovers to get together.
The 2019 One Love Cali Reggae festival has a tough competition to beat the lineup of 2018, but without a doubt, the reggae community will come together again and put on the show of a lifetime.