The beautiful island country of Jamaica is planning to premiere its first ever EDM festival, and it’s expected to be a big one. Jamaica’s history is filled with dance music that tends to be overlooked when the roots of EDM music are examined; others argue that this genre was born in Jamaica. The festival, Paradise Lost, aims to resurrect Jamaica’s link to dance music.
Jason Newman, a member of the festival’s organizing team, had this to say when he was interviewed by Jamaican outlet The Gleaner:
“Some Jamaicans don’t know that the genre started here, and some of the foreign markets don’t know either. This is going to educate them to learn about Jamaica and appreciate our music all over again.”
DJs Diplo and Major Lazer have accumulated a tremendous amount of followers in Jamaica; the two are viewed as idols for embracing the culture that gave birth to the dub and reggae mix that is a foundation of modern music.
The festival anticipates creating around 2500 new jobs along with bringing about 15,000 spring breakers from March 10–12th. The festival also hopes to pour nearly five billion dollars of revenue into the Jamaican economy. Paradise Lost promises to bring prosperity to the Jamaican dance scene as well as an increase to the dance culture, where it originally began.