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Damian Marley adds extra date to Respect Jamaica 50 Festival

Damian Marley

Story by Jack Foley

GRAMMY Award winning reggae artist Damian Marley is to headline back-to-back shows this summer at London’s indigO2.

Huge demand has led to the scheduling of an additional show on Friday, July 27, 2012, to accompany his existing performance on Thursday, July 26 as part of Respect Jamaica 50 celebrations.

The youngest son of Bob Marley will be delivering his trademark blend of dancehall and reggae to thousands of fans with hits like Welcome to Jamrock, As We Enter, Affairs of the Heart and Set Up Shop.

Rob Hallett, President of International Touring at AEG Live, said: “The response to Damian Marley’s original show was so overwhelming we simply had to add another date.

“This country has always had an incredible passion for Jamaican music, and it’s fantastic that we can offer fans another chance to catch one of the biggest stars around.”

Respect Jamaica 50 will be celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence at The O2 and its multiple venues including indigO2, as London is transformed into a Caribbean oasis with over 50 artists taking to the stage.

The two-week extravaganza, from July 25 to August 6, will include a multitude of legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of the nation.

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All key Olympic events will be screened at the venues to ensure none of the action is missed, including Jamaica’s hotly anticipated gold medal run.

The line-up is as follows:

July 25: Lee “Scratch” Perry / Mad Professor / Ras Lawi with Reggae Vibes

July 26: Damian Marley plus guests Stephen Marley / Julian Marley / Wayne Marshall / Christopher Ellis / Black Am I / Jo Mersa

July 27: Damian Marley plus guests Stephen Marley / Julian Marley / Wayne Marshall / Christopher Ellis / Black Am I / Jo Mersa

July 28: Tappa Zukie / U-Roy / Yellowman / Dennis Alcapone & Winston Reedy

July 29: Jamaican Legends Band: Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare & Tyrone Downie

July 30: Mutabaruka live with the Lloyd Parks Band / The Abyssinians / Jah9 /Benjamin Zephaniah

July 31: John Holt / Mighty Diamonds / Leroy Heptones Sibbles

August 1: Freddie McGregor / Marcia Griffiths / Maxi Priest / Johnny Osbourne

August 2: Tarrus Riley / Gyptian / Nomadz / Natty

August 3: Toots & The Maytals / Junior Toots / Chantelle Ernandez / followed by Sir Lloyd Coxsone & Fatman Hi Fi until late

August 4: Horace Andy / Johnny Clarke / Michael Prophet with the Dub Asante Band followed by Jah Shaka Sound System until late

August 5: Morgan Heritage / Shaggy / Raging Fyah

August 6: Jimmy Cliff / Derrick Morgan / Max Romeo / Gaylads / Bob Andy / followed by David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan until late.