The festival of reggae is returning to the Baltic Triangle for a third year in June.

Positive Vibration have announced the first wave of acts for their 2018 edition, with a host of reggae legends preparing to grace the stages throughout the Baltic Triangle on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June.

The award winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and eclectic reggae events, playing host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems and selectors, along with some of the brightest new talent in the form.

Announced for Positive Vibration 2018 are:

Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band
Adrian Sherwood and Creation Rebel
Sister Nancy and Legal Shot Sound System
Iration Steppas
Misty in Roots
Don Letts
Channel One Sound System
Manudigital with Parly B and Bazil
Capital Letters
Radikal Guru with Echo Ranks and Cian Finn
Dubkasm with Solo Banton
Count Skylarkin’ presents ‘Derek’s Island Discs’

The festival also sees the return of The Art of Reggae Exhibition – a successful collaboration between Positive Vibration and the International Reggae Poster Contest. The exhibition, which supports the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, will showcase 100 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators and artists from over 70 countries.

2017’s edition featured a truly exhaustive collection of reggae artists – people who you suspect probably wouldn’t play Liverpool otherwise. It felt like so much of the genre’s history was represented in some way, be that via bands, DJ’s or the artwork on display, and for an extremely reasonable price at that.

By the looks of things, 2018 is shaping up to be just as special.

Image: Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band