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Winston Francis and Derrick Morgan at the Riverside Stomp Open-Air

Winston Francis and Derrick Morgan at the Riverside Stomp Open-Air

Winston Francis and Derrick Morgan at the Riverside Stomp Open-Air

By on - Photos by Michael Grein - 3 comments

You want to listen to Early Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska music? Then you have to come to the Riverside Stomp Open Air in Germany.


The 6th edition of the festival took place at June 5, 2010 in Mainz-Kastel, Germany.

Although it takes only one day it is already a fixed institution. In Germany it is one of the renowned festivals for this kind of music, but also out of Germany it makes one’s mark. More than 3000 fans are coming from all over Europe each year.

River Stomp 2010

This year the Ska great Winston Francis and Derrick Morgan played for the second time at the Riverside Stomp as headliners besides Mr. Review and two other Ska bands in the wonderful area of the “Reduit”, a former casern. The conditions for a successful festival day couldn’t be better: temperatures around 30 degrees, sunshine and the festival area directly beside the river Rhine. And at least of course the line up for the next eight hours live program:

The first band The Roaring Twenties from Switzerland opened the festival at around four o’clock while the festival area started to fill up with the crowd. Afterwards Ken Guru & The Highjumpers from Germany who also backed up Winston Francis continued.

Then "Mr. Fix-It" Winston Francis from Jamaica entered the stage when the festival area was already filled up. He elated the crowd from the beginning on with his high spirits and his energetic music. He sang amongst others his hit Let’s go to Zion, the Gregory Isaacs cover My Number One and of course Mr. Fix It. All his songs made the people dance. During his concert he even left the stage to dance and party with his fans. Also after the concert Winston Francis mingled within the people and satisfied everybody with his positive vibrations.

Derrick MorganAfter a short break the "King of Ska" Derrick Morgan came upon the stage. He was backed by Skankin’ Time from Italy. It was easy for the “Ska-Legend” to hold the temper of his forerunner and to boost it. He captivated the crowd cleverly. His legendary songs Tougher Than Tough, The Conqueror, Moon Hop and Miss Lulu inspired the whole festival and almost everybody was singing and dancing with Derrick Morgan. You could see and feel his fun on the stageand it was a pleasure for all the people.

Mr ReviewFinally, the last live act was the well-known Ska group Mr. Review from the Netherlands which played for the enthusiastic crowd. Until the end people were dancing and celebrating Mr. Review’s powerful fast and melodic Ska music with lots of brass elements.

Subsequent to the live music after midnight an after show party took place inside the building with a couple of different DJs until the early morning.

All in all it was a very positive day with great atmosphere, good music and a lot of pleasure.


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Posted by ANDI no Y on 06.11.2010
Lovely location... Sounds amazing... Beautifully written.... Keep up the good work... *thumps up*

Posted by Inyaso on 04.22.2011
I am looking forward to seeing the Pioneers who are also on the show.

Posted by Łukasz on 01.17.2012
Yeah man! Greetings from Poland. I was there and have the same opinion. Beautiful place and really great fest! Greetings!

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