It is the last day and the big party of the Rototom begins before the previous days. At 18.30, all children and parents gathered in front of the Lion Stage, arriving from MagicoMundo (the children’s favourite area during the long sunny days of the festival), waiting for the dances to kick-off in the 10 different musical areas. A bunch of percussionists play their instruments in the middle of the group of children and the enthusiasts warm up waiting for Reggae per Xics to appear on stage. They start their show punctually at 19.10, colourfully dressed in a stage perfectly decorated with a giant inflatable penguin next to it, making both children and adults dance and sing.
Next in the line-up were Candela Roots, who return to the Rototom accompanied this time by the great guitarist and composer Alberto Tarin, already a member of the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. The band that usually sings in different languages and dialects took the stage and played its cards well. After missing two editions, Picaretas Reggae also returned to the Lion Stage, with their particular sounds and many roots versions, bringing back the best of Bob Marley.
And then it was the turn of ska. Skakeitan from the Basque Country, presented a truly varied performance, with extremely ska tunes from their repertoire, but also funk, soul and rock. A very amusing set with many proposals from their classic collection, full of very energetic melodies, which showed they can give the music a differential feature and a very typical sound. The resident band that this last night played during two long and different shows at the Lion Stage was The Same Song Band, which accompanied the reckless singjay Alex Bass and then Adala, both from Barcelona. We could feel an intense energy and a lot of well mixed styles in their performances, like reggae, ska, dub, dancehall, grime and hip hop. Professionals of track shows, they provided a high level of entertainment, this time backed by the Same Song Band, with their usual top quality sound. Their performances were much appreciated by the audience present at their concerts.
The musical programme of the 24th edition of the Rototom Sunsplash was closed by the Italian-Californian project Sugar Cane, formed by Italian vocalists Piero Dread, Raphael, David Lion and Californian Jah Sun. The front of the stage was packed for the official closing party of the Lion Stage and the festival. The vocalists hypnotized us and the band pushed us steadily, while the pace increased with each microphone relay, among deep roots, dancehall, raggamuffin, dance and loud music. The crowd danced and sang. The whole Sunsplash sweated! People kept constantly arriving to the area, and rightly so, as it was the last night. See you next year!
An affectionate greeting and thanks to Javier Fonseca, Martinika and Kelly Isaiah, who with their great work as MCs have entertained the audience between shows.
Here are some figures from this 2017 edition of the Lion Stage:
49 live concerts
80 hours or 4800 minutes of non-stop music
351 artists on stage
4 resident DJs
38 DJ sets
20 different nationalities of artists
14 different music styles
25 members of staff
Thank you all
Photos by: Erika Ghezzi, Dominique Pozzo and Patrick Albertini