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Busta Rhymes to headline One Love Peace Festival.

One Love Peace Festival, the UK’s number one reggae event, returns in spectacular fashion to celebrate their landmark 20 year anniversary, transforming London’s Wembley Arena into a tropical fairground as reggae heavyweights from around the world unite under one roof on Sunday 31st July.

Legendary rap star and global icon Busta Rhymes will headline the event in a UK festival exclusive, bringing a Hip-Hop climax to the Caribbean infused concert, performing explosive hits from an animated career that has spanned over two decades. Busta will be joined by Grammy-award-winning superstars Shaggy and Sean Paul and man of the moment Gyptian, as well as roots royalty Aswad, in an unprecedented music showcase this summer.

Busta Rhymes said: “I can’t wait to get back to the UK!  It’s been three years since I last performed here so I’m dying to tear the roof off Wembley Arena at The One Love Peace Festival with some old school joints and brand new bangers.   When I’m done, you’re gonna remember it for a long time to come.  Get ready because it’s about to go down!”

Waving the British flag on the day will be a roster of the UK’s most vibrant urban acts including Grime stalwart Skepta with further UK acts to be announced. Other artists performing at the all-day festival include the Godfather of Lover’s Rock John Holt, reggae five-piece Third World, conscious newcomer Natty King, Jamaican born DJ Trinity, roots-soul songstress Etana and prolific vocalist Wayne Wade appearing in the UK for the first time.

In light of the ongoing ‘Broken Britain’ crisis, organisers of the 2011 One Love Peace Festival aim to reaffirm their ‘Throw away your Guns, Throw away your Knives’ initiative by echoing the sentiments of Jamaica’s original One Love Peace Concert where headliner Bob Marley famously united opposing leaders on stage to bring an end to the country’s political civil war.

The event marks 30 years since the passing of Bob Marley and will celebrate the life and times of the King of Reggae with a series of themed sets including a tribute from his son Ky Mani Marley who will be performing a selection of his father’s greatest hits including No Woman, No Cry and One Love.

Ky-Mani Marley said:  “I feel blessed to be part of The One Love Peace Festival.  It is with great pride that I will pay homage to my father, Bob Marley, with some of his best loved songs. The festival’s message of peace is a noble cause that I hold very dear to my heart and one that my father would have applauded. It is in giving truthfully of oneself, selflessly to benefit others that the soul finds satisfaction and great delight. London I’m coming to give you all that I’ve got with my music…past to present…it is my Destiny. The festival will be unforgettable to all of us who are present… Mystical proportions. 30 years after my father’s passing and his legacy still lives on.  One Love.”

Since its inception in the UK, the One Love Peace Festival has grown from strength to strength with the staging of a number of large and highly successful events around the country. The last of these events took place at the West London Stadium (now renamed the Linford Christie Stadium) in 1991 and was attended by 25,000 peaceful revelers who turned up in their droves to see the likes of The Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor and Barrington Levy.

Event organiser Dexter Ricketts commented: “We are honoured to be staging another One Love Peace Festival in a landmark year which marks both our 20th anniversary and 30 years since the passing of Reggae legend Bob Marley. For us the event is all about raising multi-cultural awareness and tolerance through the powerful medium of music.  We hope that the One Love Peace Festival will act as a catalyst for change in Broken Britain by filling the capital with good vibes.”

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