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been | One Love 2020

One Love 2020 kicked off the new decade with one of the best line-ups in the festival’s history. Held in the sunny Tauranga Domain over Auckland Anniversary weekend, New Zealand’s favourite Reggae festival delivered on all fronts.

Another year, another exhilarating music party, featuring an incredible array of international big hitters and local talent. Good vibes, hot sun, Reggae & Roots music, and pure love sums up my One Love experience which kicked off on Saturday 25 January with a high of 29C and nothing but clear sky and a light breeze, and 20,000 people just having a good time.

The scorching heat didn’t keep us from dancing, while others preferred sitting down and chilling out; watching from the edges of the dance floor. Water mist canons were placed around the domain, a much-needed relief as people moved and danced.

International stars such as Sean Paul and Shaggy, as well as Kiwi favourite’s Katchafire , L.A.B, Sons Of Zion, Nesian Mystic, and Fiji were among the 26 artists and bands to perform over the two fun-filled days.

Sean Paul’s dance hall goodness included banger after banger took us back to the good times early 2000s with the dutty wine dance moves.

Shaggy our favourite Mr Lover Lover had the crowd singing and dancing along to every song; each one of them serving the Jamaican flavour.

My favourite Bay musos L.A.B owned the stage on the second day. Saying they deserved to close out the festival is an understatement, they carved up the stage and the crowd’s reaction to the live performance was undeniable.

We had the pleasure of Nesian Mystik reuniting on the One Love 2020 stage – they’re a group who owned Kiwi summers in their day and when they hit the stage, it was like they never left. We’ve missed you guys!

Other highlights included Jackson Owens’ joining Sons of Zion on stage as their new vocalist – I’m looking forward to seeing more of what he brings to the band. They certainly knew how to get the crowd moving.

Jaro Local is a fast-rising Pacific star, making waves internationally with his unique blend of modern island music and reggae. He had great crowd interaction which they repaid by knowing his music and songs.

THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion” – We certainly felt their energy on Day One; what an epic experience!

Stan walker with his Yummy challenge was better in real life than Instagram also when he was joined on stage with Hamo Dell and Ria Hall and Tawaroa Kawana; there was no shortage of pure talent in their performance.

International reggae stars Fiji had the crowd vibing out with Sprawnbreezie and having the crowd singing word for word.

Each one of the performers did justice over the weekend – there was plenty to love about One Love Festival 2020. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us at One Love 2021.

Images by Meenal Maharaj.

Photos + interviews coming soon.