St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); Lionel Richie, John Legend, Toni Braxton, Jason Derulo, Damian “Jr Gong”Marley and 50 Cent are just a small fraction of the international artistes that have graced the stage of the Annual St. Kitts Music Festival over the years.
However booking ‘big name’ international acts for the Festival is getting increasingly difficult each year, says Chairman of the Music Festival Artiste Selection Committee, Jonel Powel.
“It is becoming increasingly more difficult to secure international acts, particularly in reference to more urban acts, hip hop, R&B, once we’re going for current acts we are unfortunately going to clash with the BET Awards which is held the same weekend as our Music Festival.
“In addition to that, just in general the performance fees for acts are getting higher and higher and so budget becomes an issue.”
Powell told WINN FM that in the face of rising costs to book acts the Committee has employed financial acuity to keep the price of admission for the Festival affordable.
“The government has taken a decision to not increase the price of tickets in the 21 years and that is to make the Festival more affordable for the average Kittitian and Nevisian. What I can say is that the management of the festival has increased tremendously in recent years, so the finances are in a better position, so I think the government is in a position to, at least in the near future, subsidize the ticket prices and keep it at where it is now.”
So far this year the Committee has announced several artistes that will perform for the 2017 edition of the Music Festival, however all are regional acts, save for the Goo Goo Dolls.