Raggamuffin Festival Hits The Road

Some of the world's hottest reggae artists will embark on the very first Raggamuffin Roadtrip in May and June.

The tour features headliner Fiji, who will be celebrating 20 years in the music industry on this tour with his friends, J Boog, Hot Rain, Spawnbreezie and Morgan Heritage's very own Peetah Morgan! Top NZ acts will also join this massive line up including Sons Of Zion and Soljah.

Raggamuffin Roadtrip will kick off on Thursday 31 May in Auckland at the Telstra Clear Event Centre, followed by dates in Christchurch, Porirua, Hastings and Rotorua. Promoters will also be adding a local reggae band in each venue which will be chosen by the fans.

Festival Director, Jackie Sanders explains, "We want to encourage up-and-coming acts wherever possible, they may be future Raggamuffin stars. We are asking fans in each region to nominate their local reggae heroes and then we will put the top 3 to the vote."

Raggamuffin is also proud to announce a partnership with the Pacific Music Awards. The 2012 Pacific Music Awards honours Pacific music and Pacific artists and will be held in the theatre of the Telstra Clear Pacific Event Centre on the same night as the Raggamuffin Roadtrip, making this an incredible night of celebration and great music!

It was important that Christchurch fans could experience the Raggamuffin vibe too, so we will be taking the Roadtrip to The Bedford, or rather the temporary marquee version as the original Bedford is within the red zone. The marquee's exact location on 1 June will be advised as soon as it is confirmed.

Pre-sale and special ticket offers for Raggamuffin fans from 9am Tuesday 17 April -sign up at www.raggamuffin.co.nz.

Public on sale 9am Wednesday 18 April.