Jamaica set to take over The O2 to celebrate 50 years of independence

Jamaican music artists and comediennes are set to take over The O2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence. From July 25 to August 6, and with support from the Jamaican Government, Respect Jamaica 50 will take place in multiple venues. The O2, indigo2 and Proud2 will host artists from Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest and Damian Marley to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Toots and The Maytals.

The event, which takes place over one week of the London 2012 Olympic Games, will also screen key Olympic events to ensure visitors don’t miss out. Authentic Jamaican food and drink will also be served.

Director of the Jamaica 50 Secretariat, Robert Bryan said: “Jamaica is excited to be associated with AEG Live to present Jamaica 50. The Jamaica 50 Secretariat recognises this as an official celebratory event of Jamaica’s Jubilee celebrations and is delighted that such an outstanding line-up can be made available during the London 2012 games, when we expect even more great Jamaican moments. Jamaica House, located in the 02 during the Olympic Games, will also be showcasing and providing an authentic Jamaican experience in honour of this special year.”

Other cultural events at Respect Jamaica 50 include Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition at the BME July 24 – October 22.