Positive turnout for Raggamuffin despite rain

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

The Reggae festival Raggamuffin kicked off yesterday, and for the first time was held at Auckland's Trust Stadium Arena.

With Raggamuffin’s new location being held in Auckland, it didn’t seem to worry much people either.

Heeni Morrel says, “Yeah I went to Rotorua, but it’s quite packed, its mean, its pretty much the same setup, its mean, I like it.”

Cypress Hill lead vocalist, 'B Real' says it's not unusual for them to play at reggae festivals, despite being a rap group.

B Real also added, “I've listen to it for many years and we've played some festivals that's been mixed with Hip-hop and reggae and it feels natural to us.  We haven't been here in quite some time so it's good to be back here.”

The event also featured one of America’s top rapping legends ‘Ice Cube’ who unleashed a thrilling performance followed by reggae superstars ‘UB40’ who also stole the stage.

Despite yesterday’s rainy conditions it didn’t appear to tarnish the spirit of NZ’s renowned reggae festival.