Nine Mile Music Festival without Marley Brothers this year

Nine Mile Music Festival without Marley Brothers this year

The Nine Mile Music Festival is an annual Miami reggae music festival. The festival was dubbed “Marley Fest” for the late Bob Marley. The 19th annual festival is scheduled to take place this year on March 3 without the Marley brothers. Marley’s three sons, Stephen, Damian, and Julian Marley were expected to perform at this year’s event. Unexpectedly the trio pulled out of the event, and issued a statement saying that they would not be performing.

The Miami New Times reports, that the sudden change in their decision may stem from the ongoing legal battle that they have with the show’s promoter, Richard Booker.  Bob Marley’s sons, and his widow, Rita are suing Booker for allegedly profiting off of Marley’s name without sharing the profits. The promoter has used developed and sold a variety of merchandise using the Marley name.

After careful thought, the brothers thought it would be contradictory to headline a show for someone they are taking to court.  This seems like a decision the brothers should have made before they ever agreed to headline the show. The sudden change comes days before the show, and does not sound like good news for fans of the singers that have already bought tickets to the show. The Marley brothers represent some of the biggest names of the show, which is why they were headlining it.  It will be very interesting to see how well the music festival does without the brothers headlining it. For last minute ticket buyers, tickets can still be purchased online, with a choice between VIP or General Admission.