The Harder They Come: Wray’s Jerk Fest Screening

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Film fans are in for a treat at Wray’s Jerk Fest – a nine-hour celebration of Jamaican culture at The Bussey Rooftop Bar in Peckham on Saturday 6th August. An exclusive free screening of 1972 Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come – famous for its reggae soundtrack – will take place after sunset, after guests have had the chance to feast on jerk specialities and DJs spinning Jamaican vibes during the day.

In addition to the screening, Wray’s Jerk Fest, hosted by Jamaica’s iconic and top-selling white rum Wray & Nephew, also features a BBQ battle between six of London’s finest jerk exponents, as they go head to head with their secret recipes. The spice specialists are Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s.

Sticky-fingered sampling from each BBQ will be a tough task, but votes will be gathered throughout the day and a Master of Ceremonies will announce the winner of the special prize at 7pm.

The sounds kick off from 2pm with sets from Honeuln, Real Roots and Mr Chris, followed by Adam Prescott, Daddy Nature and Unit 137. The vibes continue into the evening with sets from heavyweights King Tubby’s, Trevor Sax, and King Yoof.

Throughout the day, a live graffiti mural by Will Barras will take shape, surrounded by fierce domino competitions.

And if all that spicy food makes you thirsty, the all-important Wray & Nephew bar will serve up tots of full-bodied 100% Jamaican rum and pitchers of Reggae Rum Punch, while you can also test your drink-making skills in the Free Pour challenge and Reggae Rum Punch Relay.

Wray’s Jerk Fest, 2pm-11pm, Saturday 6th August, The Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham. Entry to the event is free – and it’s only £5 to sample all the jerk BBQs and have a vote in the competition. Tickets available on the door, dependent on capacity.

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