Overjam International Reggae Festival reaches over 10.000 people. The 4th edition goes over the italo-slovene organizers expectations!

The 4th edition of Overjam Reggae Festival, which took place in Tolmin between 12 August and 15 August and was the most successful one, came to an end. In the idyllic landscape, placed between the mountains and rivers Soca and Tolminka, over 10,000 visitors enjoyed in various reggae stylesperformed not only by the known artists such as GENTLEMAN , MELLOW MOOD, JAHCOUSTIX, RAPHAEL, MAX ROMEO, GENERAL LEVY and CHAM, but also lesser known names and sound & crew as RICKY TROOPER, OBF, FATMAN, JUGGLERZ, BROTHER CULTURE..

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“The festival is growing and is becoming what we have initially wanted. This year’s Overjam Reggae Festival was actually the Overjam of excesses,” Andrej Težak – Tešky, festival’s manager and co-organizer said. Due to the excesses clearly felt by both artists and the audience, the audience is impatiently waiting for the 5th edition of Overjam. “Unfortunately we were unable to coordinate the dates with the other festivals taking place in Tolmin – Metaldays and Punk Rock Holiday. We wish and hope that we would be able to announce the 2016 Overjam reggae festival by September. Thus, this does not only depend on us. Based on the good cooperation until now, however, we expect a proper understanding by the two aforementioned major festivals,” he added.

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Despite the unfortunate situation, the organizers are not resting. Besides making plans for the next year, this year’s impressions of the festival, which ended on 15 August with the concert of General Levy and Cham, need to be scrutinized. Relaxed atmosphere and well organized festival made an impact also on the artists. Gentleman for example first visited Tolmin 10 years ago, though he still likes to come back:

“Mountains here are inspirational. They give me vibe, calm me down, and here I am relaxed.” Also Hollie Cook, which comes from a family of musician – her father Paul Cook was a drummer of renowned punk band Sex Pistols – was fascinated about Tolmin. When asked if her musical career path was easier due to her background, she said: “Despite the fact that I come from a family of musicians, my path was not easy. I followed my own thing. It’s been a long journey for me. It’s a process.”.

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Cham, known also as a student of Damian Marley, Bob Marley’s youngest son, was thrilled to perform at OverjamFestival. “Tolmin has a very good vibe. It reminds me of the Jamaican countryside which is also surrounded by mountains.” Speaking about the influence of his music he said: “Music has no origin. Whatever society reflects we reflect back in music.”

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The last day of the festival was dedicated also to Slovene reggae and ska scene, as the colors of Slovene reggae and ska-bands were well represented at the main stage (Yellow stage) by Raggalution, Red Five Point Star and Bro. In addition to the performances of stars on the main stage, the visitors continued to inhale reggae at the dancehall dub stage and throughout the day on the Yard (Jamcoast edition). Festival can boast also about very well organized and carried out workshops, interesting lectures held by OverjamUniversity and the programme designed for children especially – Overjam4Kidz.

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About 3,000 people from 25 countries daily visited Overjam.”The popularity and visibility of the festival is growing alsoon social networks, however, we are most pleased that the European reggae scene recognized the potential and the quality of the festival. On Facebook we have 42,000 ‘likes’and followers,” Sandi Maver, festival’s spokesperson, said. “Aspecial thanks goes also to our international wide-represented and diligent volunteers,” he added. Despite the fact that the festivals in Tolmin are growing,Overjam would like to remain a boutique festival. “It could grow to accept max 5,000 people,” Andrej Težak – Teškysaid. At the press conference the organizers of the festival also stressed that the festival is organized in close cooperation between Slovenians and Italians.

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Visit festival’s OW or their Facebook page for more photos of OVERJAM 2015! Thank you and see you next year!

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