The first event for the immensely popular Leeds West Indian Carnival takes place on August 23. But you can warm up for the action even sooner courtesy of Jamaican Rum Tings, which will be taking residence at the Belgrave Music Hall on Saturday August 22.
Jamaica Rum Tings is a celebration of Jamaica, organised by rum distilling masters Wray & Nephew. This day and night takeover will feature an impressive line-up of musicians, including Massive Attack's Daddy G and DJ Toddla T, with support sets from MC Serocee, Manchester's Dub Smugglers, Rompa & Shepdog from London, as well as Leeds' own Reggae Roots & Bass.
If that doesn't scratch your reggae itch, there will also be a new 'Wray's Record Shop', where hundreds of the finest reggae tunes will be played throughout the event.
Besides the music, Jamaica Rum Tings will feature a live graffiti wall, with local artists making their mark during the event, a Wray & Nephew Jerk BBQ on the roof terrace and ground floor, and, of course plenty of bars with rum-based refreshments.
On the subject of drinks, the event will also offer visitors the chance to win prizes with a number of alcoholic activities, such as the 'free pour challenge' and 'reggae rum punch relay challenge'. If you're lucky, the prize will be even more rum!
The party will likely last well into the early hours, where guests can continue to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaican culture and a true Jamaican house party.
Jamaica Rum Tings, Saturday August 22. Belgrave Music Hall, 1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP. Tickets are available here.
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