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Published On: June 14th, 2016

It's 2016 and we are back.

After a year hiatus, the old crew has hopped on board and will be helping direct the Island Festival this year. In it's 21st year the Island Festival has brought hundreds of thousands of people through Kalamazoo in celebration of Island Culture. As World Beat and Reggae Night at Club Soda in the 1980's became the clubs most popular night it became clear that this celebration deserved more than one night. In 1996, Paul Toth and Wayne Deering joined forces to produce the first ever Island Festival. Since then the Island Festival has grown in size and scale into a three day festival attracting international acts, craft and food vendors from across the country and over 20,000 reggae fans each year. 

Now, more than ever, it is important that we keep celebrations of each others cultures alive and well. The Island Festival gives people from all over the world an opportunity to come together to share food, drinks, music and good vibes. There are a lot of hateful things in our world but the Island Festival is a weekend where we can think Peace, Love and No Worries. We invite you to join us June 16th, 17th and 18th to get a Taste of the Caribbean. 

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6:00pm ­ 8:00pm Jewell & Future

8:30pm­ 10:00pm Gizzae

10:30pm ­ 12:00am Anthem



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2:00pm ­ 5:30pm Reggae Lou2016_Island_web_anthemband-11

6:00pm ­ 7:30pm Roots Vibration

8:00pm ­ 9:30pm Karl “Kofi” James

10:00pm ­11:30pm Anthem

12:00am ­1:30am Ark Band



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12:00pm ­ 1:30pm Gyspi Fari

2:00pm ­ 3:30pm Rhythm Life Collective

4:00pm ­ 5:30pm Gyspi Fari

6:00pm ­ 7:30pm Universal Xpression

8:00pm ­ 9:30pm Flex Crew

10:00pm ­ 11:30pm Warrior King

12:00am ­ 1:30pm Zion Lion


Kalamazoo Island Festival is pleased to announce our 2016 Food & Drink lineup. We've brought in some of the best restaurants around to please any appetite. Stay tuned for more restaurant and beverage lineup announcements!

Camzies Pizza

Mi Pueblo

Not Just An Almond

Big Moe's

Jamaican Dave's

Rasa Ria

Kzoo Fish

Roadside Beer Assistance