Marleys To Headline Europe’s Largest Reggae Fest

Jamaica’s royal family will honor Bob’s 30th anniversary.

Posted: 08/18/2011 10:58 PM EDT

Bob Marley might have left the world on May 11, 1981, but his legacy has never faltered.

 

Thirty years later, on August 25, Europe will honor Jamaica's biggest star with none other than his own reggae dynasty, Reuters reports. 

 

Set to hit Spain’s Rototom Sunsplash stage in front of at least 200,000 fans are his sons — Ziggy, 42, and Stephen, 39, as well as wife Rita, who sang backup for Bob Marley & The Wailers. Mr. Vegas will get "Heads High" on opening night, where over 300 bands and DJs are said to be scheduled to rock the crowd.

 

The festival once called Italy home, but it moved to Spain in 2010. The festival’s director Filippo Giunta tells Reuters, "They accused us of promoting the use of marijuana just because of the relationship of reggae and the Rastafarian religion, which considers it to be a holy plant."

 

The fête is inspired by the “Buffalo Soldier," who would have been 66 years old this year.

 

The global event, which features acts from 100 different countries, takes place over 10 days and will donate its proceeds to African, Asian and Latin American charities.

(Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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