Kingston, Jamaica…Two of the best parties that have never been held outside the Corporate Area will make their country debut during the Red Stripe Dream Weekend August 6 to 9.

Set for August 6th and 8th, at Margaritaville and Bourbon Beach respectively, the distinctly different Absinthe and Ras Beer Vibes have been staples on the party scene for quite sometime even though Beer Vibes had been on a short hiatus. Still, over time each event has built a solid reputation. “Patrons have come to recognise our event as one that guarantees fun,” explains Absinthe promoter Gersham Greene. “It’s not one of those parties that you go to ‘socialise’. That is one of the things that Red Striped loved about our event. When you come to an Absinthe, the vibe is contagious.”

Greene explained that at the beginning of 2008 Absinthe partnered with Red Stripe and the partnership, he said, was extremely fruitful to both entities. They decided to continue the partnership into 2009. “Red Stripe is the title sponsor for the Dream Weekend. Based on the concept and ideologies behind the Dream Weekend, they found it necessary to include us as part of the Dream Weekend package. Patrons respond very well to our event because it has never been held outside the Corporate Area but they felt it would be a nice addition to the line up for the entire Dream Weekend package.”

Absinthe promises great refreshing music from some of the best deejays and sound systems around including Coppershot, Johnny Cool and DJ Liquid.

But no party could be complete with the drinks. The Red Stripe mixology that was developed specifically for this party, offers a wide variety of mixes all of which feature Red Stripe as an ingredient. “It’s very refreshing, unique, you will find that plays a tremendous role in helping patrons enjoy themselves,” Greene said.


Ras Beer Vibes, a high-intensity party, had been a staple of the entertainment scene for a few years but like all good things, it came to an end. “The members grew up a little bit and decided to spend a little more time on their personal lives, much to the chagrin of the fans,” Solomon Sharpe, one of the promoters explained. “The fans continued to ask for it and in the summer of 2007 we gave them a little re-introduction.”

Their appetites whetted the fans craved for more Beer Vibes. So, having been approached by members of the Dream Team, Sharpe said, it was decided to bring Beer Vibes back for the Dream Weekend. “We got a look in based on our being a good alternative to what is standard to what normally happens down in Negril,” he said.

Sharpe describes Beer Vibes as a “hardcore party”. “To define hardcore is to define Tony Matterhorn, to define hardcore you define Firelinks; real intense juggling. These guys are coming with dub-plates to exercise their musical prowess,” he said. “Years ago Firelinks did a special dub-plate calling himself Mr. Ras, so when you think about where it has come from and how the party scene has changed, we’re that nostalgic blast that is still current.”

Sharpe said there will be non-stop hardcore action with Firelinks, Matterhorn, Panther with Black Kat, Mad Ras and Rebel T and Coppershot. As well as Black Blunt from Negril. “We’re leaving no stone unturned,” Sharpe said.