21 August 2018
Incredible stories happen daily at the Rototom Sunsplash, like Vladimir‘s. A young Muscovite who always dreamed of coming to the festival, making his dream come true this year. Fan of reggae and fond of writing about the scene of the Jamaican genre in his native country, Russia, he has undertaken a trip to Benicàssim to fulfill a plan he had together with his friend Sergey Karandashev from St. Petersburg, who unfortunately passed away at the end of last year. He was 25 years old, the same as Rototom, and always had the festival in mind, explains Vladimir.
Since Sergey died, with whom he shared hours of their love for reggae, the idea of traveling to Benicàssim was “very difficult“, but three weeks before the start of the festival “I decided to come, it was spontaneous“. And he ended up in an event that surprised him “because of his extramusical dimension“. “I did not imagine there was much more than concerts, it’s better than in my dreams“, he says.
The spontaneity that guided Vladimir’s trip to Spain was maintained when touching firm ground and running into the Social Art Gallery of the festival. The creative open-air shelter for the 15 artists participating in this edition, who are culminating their pieces after four days of work. He told his story there and Erik Schmitz, one of the creators of this edition, offered himself to draw a portrait of Sergey. An artistic gesture, from those who define the Rototom to a reggae lover who dreamed of traveling to the festival from St. Petersburg.