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VICTORIA'S 18TH ANNUAL SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL (JUNE 14 - 18, 2017) --> JUPITER VIP FULL FEST EARLY BIRD PASS: Booker T. Jones, TARRUS RILEY, The Black Seeds, Mad Caddies, The Skints, Jah9 and The Dub Treatment , Keith and Tex, Mike Love, Skampida, Perro Bravo, La Banda Skalavera, Shauit, The Boom Booms, Burnt, Entangados, Los Furios, Roots Roundup, Batuque Axe! , Tonye, Dope Soda, Illvis Freshly, Sweet Leaf, The New Groovement, Caleb Hart & the Royal Youths , Mistica, Tank Gyal, DOWN NORTH, Rusty Zinn, Jon Middleton, Out of Control Army, Blackwood Kings, The Party on High Street, Boomshack, Cheko & The Lion Rockers, Railtown Sound System, No Liars, The Om Sound, Dockside Green, Yellowsky, Ostwelve , Benny the Jett

Wed. June 14th Ship Point (Inner Harbour) Hidden BC (No Minors)
4:05pm
$179.50 On sale now  Buy Tickets Online 
Tickets at: Jupiter, Lyles Place
We are so excited to announce the dates for Victoria's 18th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival this is the earliest we have made these tickets available but they're here! Thanks to Jupiter (619 Johnston Street in Victoria) for being our platinum sponsor of our VIP section for a third straight year!

JUPITER VIP entrance provides the following:

Guaranteed entrance to all festival events at all venues (except Rocksteady Collective presentations) up to one hour before the event ends

* Jupiter VIP entrance will be accepted at Rocksteady Collective on a first come first serve basis. *Subject to capacity.

JUPITER LOUNGE VIP AREA AT ALL SHIP POINT SHOWS (offers special seating, stage side access and more!

JUPITER LOUNGE Beverage Service for all events at Ship Point

JUPITER LOUNGE VIP Bathroom at Ship Point

Dates and Line-up subject to change. No refunds or exchanges.

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* Note this pass is restricted to those 19yrs plus because it includes entrance into venues that have that restriction. However, the festival's main outdoor venue and many others are all ages. Separate tickets for events in all ages venues will be released at a later date. Kids 10 and under free with accompanying adult when applicable.

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It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifet... more info

TARRUS RILEY

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The Black Seeds (Reggae/Funk/Ska/Dub)

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Entangados

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Los Furios (Ska)

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