18 agosto 2012
The Serbian band Irie FM has won the final of the European Reggae Contest that took place in Udine in front of an enthusiastic audience. After having participated in last years' live final, the band from Belgrad was awarded as best group of this edition.
The final took place in Udine at the PalaCus because of the rainy weather, which didn't stop the audience though; the event was sold out and the crowd was involved during all shows.
Arrokibi Roots (Italy), Irie Fm (Serbia), Sundyata (France), Ital Audio (UK), Chalwa Band & King Konsul (Spain) and Sattatree (Germany) have faced each other at the culmination of this contest which has started various months ago with the first selection. This first phase had been decided by the opinion of the public via online voting and the evaluation by an expert jury. After that, the first three bands of each region competed in the semifinals in live performances. The winners of each nation were the six bands which animated this great party at the PalaCus in Udine.
Finally, the prize for Irie FM will be a long tour of concerts at the best festivals of Europe, sharing the stage with the protagonists of the international reggae scene: Rototom Sunsplash (Benicàssim), United Island Festival (Prague), Summerjam (Cologne), Reggae Radio Station Summer Festival (Milan), Reeds Festival (Zurich), Mighty Sounds Festival (Czech Rep.), Sardinia Reggae Festival (Sassari, Sardinia), Uprising Reggae Festival (Bratislava), Reggae Sun Ska (Pauillac, France) and Foundation Reggae Festival (A Coruña). They are in fact the partners of the contest network which will offer their stage to the talent of the winning band.
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