Kent festival to mark 50 years of Jamaican Independence

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The One Love festival promises to rival the Notting Hill Carnival Photo: Dan Wiltshire

Hundreds of Reggae lovers are expected to head to the One Love Festival in Kent this August, to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence. For the first time, the event, which has been running at other sites for 5 years, is going to be held at Hop Farm in Paddock Wood.

Two years ago, Julian Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley played at the festival and this year it's partially funded by a coffee company which is run by another of Bob Marley's sons Rohan.

The original One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22nd, 1978, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties - the Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance of “Jammin”, when Marley joined the hands of the two political rivals and appealed for unity.