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Reggae festival to bring One Love to Havering next year

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

By Piers Meyler

  • chilled out: The mood at the festival is described as nice and chilled

  • performing: Reggae legend Ijahman Levi is on the line-up

  • big name: Reggae legend Freddy McGregor has performed at One Love Festivals in the past

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THE biggest reggae festival in the country is set to call Havering its home for the next five years.

The One Love Festival is set to be held at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster between August 16 and 18 next year.

The 122 acre picturesque green field site will feature around 100 artists, including Ijahman Levi , David Rodigan, Sister Nancy, Congo Natty and General Levy.

Organisers believe that up to 5,000 reggae fans could descend on the site for the three day festival of music, film, and food.

There will be one main stage, four marquees, various food stalls selling food from around the world and a children's area.

The festival, now in its sixth year, started in Hainault before moving for one year to Kent, after which the decision was made to move to Havering.

Organiser Dan Wiltshire said: "We are delighted to be here. It's a brilliant site. We can make it our own.

"It's a fantastic festival and it is the nicest, most chilled out festival you can think of.

"We are very community based and the people come back every year. It's going to be great."

Created in 2008 for the UKs 30th anniversary of Bob Marley's famous concert of the same name. The One Love Festival is the UK's number one reggae and dub camping festival.

A spokesman said: "Throughout the last six years we had some amazing One Love Festival highlights and they keep on getting better and better.

"The festival means such a lot to so many people in such different ways – everyone leaves the event experiencing their own exceptional One Love Festival moment and memory.

"We have established a wonderful growing customer base of fun, loving, happy and loyal fans from all over Europe and beyond.

"Each year the festival grows organically both in production and vision – but still keeping to the original vibe of a intimate fun and friendly event."

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