The Marleys (Don't) Drop Out of Marley Fest, AKA Nine Mile Music Festival UPDATE

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See Crossfade's righteous, nine-part guide to Marley Fest 2012, AKA Nine Mile Music Festival.

Before you roll up and roll out to Virginia Key Beach Park next weekend for the Nine Mile Music Festival (which Miami has known as Marley Fest for as long as anyone can remember), be aware that Damian "Jr. Gong," Julian, and recent Grammy winner Stephen Marley will not be appearing or performing the Marley bros are back on the Nine Mile lineup.

Earlier this week when Stephen, Damian, and Julian dropped out of the the fest, details were limited. But it likely had something to do with a 2011 lawsuit

the Marley family filed against festival promoter and Bob's supposed half brother Richard Booker.

In December, TMZ reported on the lawsuit, noting the apparent conflict in Damian, Julian, and Stephen headlining a show thrown by a dude who they're taking to court.

Nine Mile Music Festival 2012 Lineup

-Stephen Marley

-Damian Marley

-Julian Marley

-Burning Spear


-Cocoa Tea

-Tarrus Riley

-Collie Buddz



The lawsuit, filed by 9 of Bob Marley's kids, and his widow Rita, alleges that Booker is using the Marley name for profit that they are entitled to, going so far as to register a trademark for "Mama Marley" to sell everything from fish sausage to fish croquettes.

Nine Mile Music Festival. Saturday, March 3. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne. The festival begins at 1 p.m. and tickets cost $49.87 to $166.50 plus fees. Four canned goods are also required for admission. Call 877-440-8499 or visit ninemilemusicfestival.com.

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