What is Bournemouth Reggae Weekender?

Bournemouth Reggae Weekender is an independently run  3-day unique occasion to celebrate the diverse African-Caribbean culture and heritage in Bournemouth through reggae music with a full range of entertainment and traditional activities that supports creative arts and performing artists through music, poetry, storytelling, and dance workshops. 

The event also hosts an array of artisan traders, and craft stands including traditional wooden art, African clothing and kente designs. The festival is a not-for-profit venture run by a Non-Profit Afro*disiac Live Radio

Embark on a remarkable journey with our event, initially slated for a July 2019 launch but temporarily deferred based on advice from Local Authorities due to an overwhelming response. Determined to make it a reality, we downsized and took a financial hit, rescheduling for July 4th-5th, 2020. However, the global pandemic, COVID-19, threw a curveball, leading to a government-mandated ban on outdoor events and a subsequent postponement to July 2021.

Finally, in July 2021, our event saw the light of day, drawing in 5000 attendees and receiving an official inauguration by the esteemed mayor of Bournemouth. The event’s success was further amplified by the proud sponsorship of Dorset Police – Positive Action. Join us in celebrating resilience, community, and the triumphant spirit that defines our event’s extraordinary journey!


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Bournemouth Reggae Weekender

Did you Know?

At Bournemouth Reggae Weekender, we take pride in being the first and only local festival to extend our outreach to the cherished elders residing in care homes. As an integral part of our unwavering commitment to inclusivity, we’ve gone above and beyond to ensure that everyone, regardless of age or background, can partake in the joy and rhythm of our festival.

Our Unique Inclusive Approach

Celebrating Diversity: Bournemouth Reggae Weekender embraces the rich tapestry of our community, honoring the wisdom and experience of our elders.

 Music that Resonates: Our festival offers a musical journey that transcends generations, uniting young and old through the universal language of reggae.

Connecting Care Homes: We actively collaborate with local care homes, bringing the festival experience to those who may not have the chance to attend otherwise.


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The Organisers

The Weekender is organised and co-ordinated by Afro*Disiac Live Radio Bournemouth’s No.1 Free Internet Music Radio Station.

Afro-disiac Live Radio CIC is a Non-Profit Organisation based in Bournemouth Dorset. We exist as a bridge to provide diverse cultural enrichment to Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch Communities, and beyond through the love of music.

Frequently Asked Questions

Friday: 3pm – 11pm

Saturday: 11am – 11pm 

Sunday: 11am – 9.30pm

If you’d rather drive your own motor to our event then there is reasonably-priced parking available nearby on King’s Park Drive for approximately £1.50 per hour. Unfortunately, there will be no parking available on site due to location-related restrictions.

Over 13 food traders on-site, all in keeping with African-Caribbean culture. Delectable delights to tempt everyone.  Stalls will feature Jamaican, African, Guyanese, Burger shop, Thai and Indian 

Yes the site supports disability access. 

The Ticket is issued for the Festival by the Promoter subject to the following Conditions.

1.The use of this Ticket shall constitute acceptance by the Bearer of the Conditions of Issue and imply an undertaking on the part of the Bearer to observe them and any other notice or regulation issued by the Promoter and displayed at the Venue.

2.All Tickets remain the property of the Promoter and are not transferable save to those people for whom the Tickets were purchased as part of a group booking. Those people will be subject to the Conditions of Issue which will apply as if he/she were the original recipient of the Ticket.

3.The Ticket will be exchanged for a wristband at the entrance gates and affixed by Festival staff. The Bearer must retain the counterpart Ticket on his or her person at all times. Where a wristband is issued to the Bearer without a Ticket, the Bearer must affix his or her wristband prior to entering the Venue. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to the Bearer or to eject the Bearer, where the wristband has been incorrectly affixed and, in either case, where the wristband has been damaged or tampered with.

4.This Ticket may not be offered as a prize in a promotion or competition or transferred, lent or sold to any third party for profit or personal gain, as part of a hospitality or travel package or used for any other commercial purpose without the written consent of the Promoter. Tickets purchased from unauthorised sources, including from Internet touts or via Internet auction sites will be void and will not permit entry to the Venue.

5.The Promoter reserves the right to search all people and personal property upon entry to and while at the Venue. Glass items, candles, gas canisters, flares, knives, illegal substances, drugs, ‘legal highs’, laser equipment/pens, megaphones, nitrous oxide, animals, fireworks, smoke canisters, poles, banners or flags, drones and any items which in the absolute discretion of the Promoter are considered to be a risk to the safety of the audience and/or affect the enjoyment of the audience and/or the running of the Festival are prohibited.

6.The Promoter reserves the right to refuse to allow folding and/or camping style chairs and/or inflatable seating in to the Festival Site and/or beyond a designated point in the Festival Site and/or to require people to cease using any or all such chairs/seating in the Festival Site in the interests of health and safety or if required to do so by any legislation or statutory requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, folding and/or camping style chairs are permitted in the site.


  • NO Glass is permitted anywhere in the Venue
  • NO Alcohol, food, cans & bottles permitted on Site.
  • NO water, soft drinks, alcohol or food to be brought into the Festival Site.
  • No Dogs/Pets permitted on Festival site

8.But for the exceptions set out in this clause, any equipment capable of recording (whether temporarily or permanently) or transmitting any audio visual or audio-visual, material is prohibited. Mobile telephones are permitted within the Venue but the use of mobile telephones for such activities is prohibited save for personal non-commercial use. Photographic equipment is permitted provided that it is for personal non-commercial use only. In the event of any subsequent commercial use, the Bearer agrees to pay the Promoter the cost of a licence issued by the Promoter for permission to take photographs or visual/audio visual/audio recordings for commercial use.

9.Items prohibited by the Conditions of Issue shall not be brought to the Venue. Any permitted items used contrary to the Conditions of Issue and any prohibited items shall be confiscated without any liability on the Promoter to safeguard or return such items.

10.The Bearer shall not offer or distribute (either free or for sale) within the Venue any consumer article or commercial product of any nature or purchase any such item from any vendor not authorised by the Promoter.

11.The Promoter reserves the right to refuse admission to the Venue or eject any person from the Venue if, in the absolute discretion of the Promoter, the Bearer may be a risk to the safety of the audience and/or affect the enjoyment of the audience and/or the running of the Festival, for example if the Bearer refuses to be searched upon entering the Venue or whilst at the Venue, appears to be under the influence of drink and/or drugs and/or is acting aggressively or in possession of any item prohibited by the Conditions of Issue or undertaking any act prohibited by the Conditions of Issue or fails to comply with any lawful instruction issued by or on behalf of the Promoter.

12.The Promoter reserves the right to alter or change the Festival programme, without prior notification. Refunds will not be issued should the programme be altered or if a particular artist does not appear, including headline acts.

13.Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the entire Festival is cancelled, in which case you will be offered Tickets at any rescheduled event (subject to availability) up to the face value of the Ticket or, if you are unable to attend the rescheduled Festival or the Festival is not rescheduled, a full refund.

14.If the Festival is cancelled, the Promoter shall not be liable for any costs or expenses wasted or incurred by the Bearer including, but not limited to, accommodation or transport costs, or any direct or indirect losses or damage of whatever kind.

15.The Bearer gives their irrevocable and free of charge express consent to the use of their actual or simulated image, voice or likeness in connection with the advertising, promotion or commercial exploitation of the Festival or any past or future festival by the Promoter or any licensee of the Promoter in any media for any period throughout the world.

16.This Ticket will not permit access to any platform, disabled enclosure or disabled parking.

17.Tickets for Children aged between 4 and 16 as at 3 July 2024, can be purchased with adult tickets. The Promoter reserves the right to cap the number of Child Tickets it issues. Proof of age may be required on entry for Child tickets. Please ensure that you have ID with proof of age with you for your child/children in case you are asked. Failure to provide such ID may result in your Child being refused entry to or asked to leave the Venue.

18.Teenagers aged between 13 and 17 as at 3rd July 2024 are entitled to purchase a teen Ticket but must be accompanied by at least 1 responsible Adult per 5 Teenagers. Unaccompanied Teenagers will be refused entry to the Festival.

19.Adults are reminded that there are areas of the Venue, especially immediately in front of the stage and some bands or acts that may be inappropriate and may contain some adult content. Any Adult is responsible entirely for the safety and welfare of any Infant and/or Child and/or Teenager in its party. Please ensure that all Infants and/or Children and/or Teenagers carry ID with proof of age (or that the responsible Adult carries ID on their behalf). Failure to provide such ID may result in entry being refused or the Infant and/or Child and/or Teenager being asked to leave the Venue.

20.In the event of an Infant and/or Child and/or a Teenager being refused entry to the Venue or being removed from the Venue, the accompanying Adult will take sole responsibility for the care and control of the Infant and/or Child and/or Teenager and the Promoter will bear no responsibility in this regard.

21.Any breach of the Conditions of Issue will render this Ticket automatically void and all rights conferred or evidenced by such Ticket shall be withdrawn without any refund. For the avoidance of doubt, this will include refusal of entry to the Venue or ejection from the Venue, as applicable.

22.Admission to the Venue is at the Bearer’s own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Promoter hereby excludes any liability for loss, injury or damage to persons or property in or around the Venue during, before or after the Festival.

23.These Conditions of Issue are governed by English law. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with them shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the English Court.

24.Definitions: In these Conditions of Issue, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:

  • Bearer” means the holder of this Ticket
  • Conditions of Issue” means these terms and conditions governing the issue and use of a Ticket and the terms upon which the Bearer is permitted to enter and remain within the Venue;
  • Festival” means Bournemouth Reggae Weekender;
  • Festival Site” means Kings Park Boscombe ;
  • Infant” means an infant of 3 and under as at 3 July 2024;
  • “Child” means a child of 12 and under as at 3 July 2024;
  • “Teenager” means any person aged between 13 and 17 as at 3rd July 2024;
  • Adult” means any person aged 18 or over as at 3rd July 2024;
  • “Promoter” means Afro*Disiac Live Radio 12A Wessex House, St Leonards Rd, BH8-8QS and, where the context requires, those acting on its behalf such as stewards and security guards;
  • “Ticket” means any Ticket or Wristband (as applicable) issued for the Festival (whether or not for value) by the Promoter to include but not limited to Weekend, Day, Infant, Child, Teen, Student, VIP and Backstage Guest.

All Tickets entitle the Bearer to unlimited entry and re-entry to the Venue. Where the Bearer holds a Day Ticket, entry and re- entry is for the day specified ONLY.

For all other Ticket types, entry and re-entry is for the duration of the entire Festival.

  • Venue” means the Festival Site.

For a speedy entry, we recommend coming bag-free!

Small Bags Allowed (A4 Size or Smaller):

If you need a bag, only those smaller than a standard A4 piece of paper (21cm x 29.7cm) are permitted.

Larger Bags Not Allowed:

Unfortunately, bags exceeding A4 size are prohibited due to limited space. There are also no cloakroom facilities available on-site.

Luggage Storage Option:

For larger bags, consider using Stasher’s convenient luggage storage service with locations near the festival. Learn more and find a location at https://stasher.com/.

Understanding for Families:

Security personnel understand the needs of families with young children. Nappy/changing bags will be allowed at their discretion.

Enjoy a Hassle-Free Festival!

By following these guidelines, you’ll help ensure a smooth and swift entry process for everyone. Let’s get the party started!

Most Traders on site will accept cash or card. Our Bars and main entrance will only accept card or contactless payment only. The closest cash point machine is located at Sovereign Centre – Boscombe 10 mins walk.

No food or drinks allowed on premises – We will have food stalls and bars on site . Kids and baby food accepted.

Yes deck chairs and picnic mats are acceptable subject to security searches.

No pets / dogs Allowed on site.

Boscombe is well served by the following buses: 22, 33, U3 and x3  (Both NW hound Er SE bound). Please check with the bus operator for specific travel times nearer the time.
For those of you who prefer to travel via rail, the nearest station to the event will he “Pokesdown for Boscombe” and there are many trains that feature this stop on their travel route such as the “London Waterloo” service provided by South Western Railway.
The station is a 20 minute walk away from Kings Park and direct trains connect you to London Waterloo or Weymouth. Change at Bournemouth. Southampton or Basingstoke for trains to further destinations.
For Taxi try our travel partner PRC Streamline Taxis who are available to get you to our event. Bookings can be easily made with them by using their handy phone app Or via this number: 01202 37 37 37.
If you’d rather drive your own motor to our event then there is reasonably-priced parking available nearby on King’s Park Drive for approximately £1.50 per hour. Unfortunately, there will be no parking available on site due to location-related restrictions.
You are certain to enjoy your stay in the sunny seaside town of Bournemouth with our award-winning beaches only minutes away from the town center and not far from our event site of King’s Park.

If you’re looking for a stylish hotel with a warm welcome then we recommend booking a stay with Village Hotels, Bournemouth. This hotel is sure to offer you a pleasant experience in the area and is only a handy 5-minute drive from the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender site and also offers 10% off your entire weekend stay.

Book your stay Village Hotel Bournemouth Promo Code: PRO10A

We also recommend these Hotels for accommodation with a 15% discount based on advanced purchase rates payment on booking a 2-night stay use Booking Code: REGGAE24

Call 01202 298350 for a booking link reservation with credit/debit card details.

Offer Valid until 31st May 2024

Suncliff Hotel (3-star)

Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa (3 stars)

Cumberland Hotel (4 Star)

Hermitage Hotel (4 star)

Alternatively, there are several highly-rated Bed “n” Breakfast or Airbnb options available to book within the vicinity of the event

Payment on the door is subject to capacity and the fee will be higher than Advance Tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. However, if BRW cancels or postpones the event for any reasons related to Covid-19 (or any mutation), we shall notify you and you may be permitted to transfer your ticket to the 2025 event or you may apply for a refund within 1 calendar month of the date of cancellation/postponement. Refunds will be processed per your ticket provider’s terms and conditions.

  • To encourage and promote civic pride, positive perceptions, goodwill, involvement and cohesion in our diverse community
  • To encourage and promote BCP as a place of tourism, business, commerce and creativity.
  • To promote a positive image of Boscombe one of the most deprived places in the UK.
  • To Raise Prostate cancer awareness  and Breast Cancer Awareness in the BCP area focusing on getting as many black men tested for early intervention.
  • Showcase high-quality musicians, artists and DJs playing reggae and Afro-fusion give new local acts a platform to perform

NO Re-Entry at Bournemouth Reggae Weekender – Last Entry Friday 8PM , Sat 8PM, Sun – 5PM

Aerosols over 250ml
Air horns
Animals (except assistance dogs)
Audio visual recording or transmitting equipment (Professional)
BBQs or any cooking apparatus
Bicycles, scooters, roller skates
Blow torches
Shooting sticks
Chinese lanterns
Cool bags / boxes (large)
Fireworks / pyrotechnics
Flags with poles
Flares / distress flares / smoke flares
Gazebos and parasols
Gas cylinders/canisters
Illegal substances (drugs)
Laser pens
Legal highs (includes Nitrus Oxide and associated Equipment including balloons)
Nitrous oxide / herbal highs
Smoke bombs / canisters
Sound systems (including personal speakers)
Spray cans
Tabards/High Vis Jackets
Umbrellas (small/folding umbrellas permitted)

Right of Admission Reserved. CCTV will be in operation throughout the event. The event drug policy states that all bags are to be searched for drugs and alcohol. Random persons will be searched on the door and spot searching will be carried out during the event . Any seized drugs will be dealt with as per Dorset Polices drugs protocol for licensed premises. 

We are working with Counter Terrorism Policing to encourage live music fans to #BeSafeBeSound.

Counter Terrorism Policing is collaborating with the UK’s biggest music venues, arenas and festivals to deliver vital safety advice to the public.

We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe. Your safety is our priority and that’s why we have Richards Security on site.

You can play your part by trusting your instincts, and if you see something that doesn’t feel right, tell security. Our teams will take every report seriously. You won’t be wasting their time.

Here are some quick tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable time:

  • Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks and measures.
  • Be patient with security checks. It might seem inconvenient, but they are in place to help you.
  • Keep it simple and minimise what you carry. Fewer bags to search will speed up entry.
  • Stay alert and look out for each other. If you see something that doesn’t feel right, tell security. Don’t leave it to someone else. 
  • Don’t leave bags unattended. Never agree to look after a stranger’s bag, no matter how genuine they seem.
  • If there is an incident, listen to staff and any announcements.

In an emergency, always call 999.

Have an amazing time, and if you see something that doesn’t feel right, report it to security straight away. Thank you for playing your part. #BeSafeBeSound.

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