NEW YORK -- Jamaica, whose popular spring break destinations of
Negril and Montego Bay attract students in search of parties, is
turning a wholesome new leaf in Ocho Rios this year with a
Christian music festival for spring breakers.
The first Fun in the Son Gospel Festival will take place
weekends from March 7 through 25, according to Frances Yeo, general
manager for events with the Jamaica Tourist Board.
"The festival will be a mix of musical styles, including gospel
and rock, but the core is reggae music," Yeo said.
The event will be promoted by church groups, college radio
stations and newspapers in Atlanta, Florida, Los Angeles, New York
The Fun in the Son concerts will be held at Ocho Rios'
In contrast to Negril, Yeo said, "Ocho Rios has more midsize
hotels, but it's not very much of a live music or bar-hopping kind
of town right now."
But that will change somewhat with the opening in February of
Island Village, a four-acre entertainment and retail attraction
featuring Jamaican music, cuisine and culture.
The festival is sponsored by Air Jamaica with the support of
Ocho Rios hoteliers.
The Jamaica Tourist Board said it expects the festival to draw
approximately 1,000 visitors each weekend.
For information on the Fun in the Son festival, contact the
Jamaica Tourist Board at (800) 233-4582 or e-mail: [email protected]. For festival packages,
contact Sunburst Holidays at (800) SUNBURST, or JRS/Jamaica
Vacations at (800) JAMAICA.