Overjam Reggae Festival Ends With 10,000 People
Overjam International Reggae Festival ends with more than 10,000 people - The 4th edition exceeds expectations with the best results of the Italian-Slovenian event
The 4th edition of Overjam International Reggae Festival, which took place in Tolmin between 12 and 15 of August and was the most successful one, came to an end. In the idyllic landscape, placed between the mountains and rivers Soca and Tolminka, over 3,000 people from 25 countries enjoyed the concerts of international stars like Max Romeo, Gentleman and Capleton, but also sessions by DJs and sound systems such as Ricky Trooper, Jugglerz and OBF.
“The festival is growing and is becoming what we have initially wanted. This year’s Overjam was actually the Overjam of great results” said Andrej Težak – Tešky, festival’s manager and co-organizer. “Both artists and the audience felt the success of this edition and now many people are impatiently waiting for the next one”. Anyway the organization would like it to remain a boutique festival. “It could grow to accept max 5,000 people” said Tešky.
Venue, relaxed atmosphere and well organized festival made an impact also on the artists. Gentleman for example first visited Tolmin 10 years ago, and he was very happy to come back: “Mountains here are inspirational. They give me vibe, calm me down, and here I am relaxed”. Also Hollie Cook was fascinated about Tolmin. When asked if her musical career path was easier due to her background, she said: “Despite the fact that I come from a family of musicians (her father Paul Cook was a drummer of renowned punk band Sex Pistols) my path was not easy. I followed my own thing. It’s been a long journey for me. It’s a process”. Cham, known also as a student of Damian Marley, was thrilled to perform at Overjam Festival. “Tolmin has a very good vibe. It reminds me of the Jamaican countryside which is also surrounded by mountains”. Speaking about the influence of his music he said: “Music has no origin. Whatever society reflects we reflect back in music”.
The audience present during the 4 days festival had the chance to enjoy also General Levy, Mellow Mood, Jahcoustix & The Evolution, Raphael & Eazy Skankers, Raggalution, Red Five Point Star and Bro concerts and, among others, Fleck, BomChilom Sound, Roots In Session, Pakkia Crew sessions on the Red Stage, dedicated to the dancehall, or OBF Sound System & Shanti D, Fatman International Sound, Asher Selector, Rockers Dub Master Sound System and many more on the Green Stage, dedicated to dub music. Festival can boast also about very well organized and carried out workshops, interesting lectures held by Overjam University and the programme designed for children, Overjam4Kidz.
"The popularity and visibility of the festival is growing also on social networks, for example on Facebook we have 42,000 ‘likes’, however, we are most pleased that the European reggae scene recognized the potential and the quality of the festival” said Sandi Maver, festival’s spokesperson. “A special thanks goes also to our international wide-represented and diligent volunteers" he added.
Despite the succes, due also to close cooperation between Slovenians and Italians, the future remains uncertain. “Unfortunately we were unable to coordinate the dates with the other festivals taking place in Tolmin, Metaldays and Punk Rock Holiday. We wish and hope that we would be able to announce the 2016 Overjam by September. Thus, this does not only depend on us” said the festival director. “Based on the good cooperation until now, however, we expect a proper understanding by the two major festivals” he added.