St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); The St. Kitts Music Festival Committee released the full roster of artistes for this year’s event on Wednesday, which, based on the criticisms posted on the Festival’s Facebook page, failed to impress a large number of fans.
The annual festival kicks off Thursday, June 22nd and the acts for that night are DJ Private Ryan, Teddyson John, Lyrical, Voice, Ricardo Drue, Ultimate Rejects, Square One, King Dis N Dat, King Calypso Craig, King Mighty Chalkdust, Stadics, Rucas, Lax featuring KT, Shanna, and AkaiiUsweet.
Friday night (June 23) will see on stage the Goo Goo Dolls, Shabba Ranks, Mavado, Third World, Scratchi Bama, Ras Igin, and Hi Light.
The final night of the festival, Saturday, June 24 will feature V. Bozeman, Ed Robinson, Creedence Clearwater Revisted, Jah Cure, Phyllisia Ross, and Briannagh D.
In an interview with WINNFM Chairman of the Festival Artiste Selection Committee Jonel Powell admits that reviews so far have been mixed.
“The feedback has been mixed to some extent. We’ve gotten tremendous support and energy towards the final roster.
“I know there have been some persons on Facebook who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the line-up, and I do understand why those persons would feel so; however we have to remember that the Music Festival is first and foremost a tourism event really meant to try to attract persons overseas to come to St. Kitts; a particular demographic of persons. These are the persons we are trying to cater to for the Music Festival.
“There must be a balance as well; and we understand that, in terms of the fact that local heads account for the majority of patrons.
“I know some persons were disappointed that we didn’t have more R&B, Hip Hop types of acts but we are trying to find that balance so we can reach out to that target demographic for the Music Festival.”
He is confident that the lineup this year will bring patrons out in the usual numbers.
“We have a number of acts that are going to satisfy that international demographic and bring people in. What I would say however is that all of the acts we’ve announced are guaranteed to put on fantastic performances at this year’s Music Festival.”
Powell also went on record to clear up the controversy stirred up when the two bands for the newly featured band clash were announced, and Nu Vybes, the band that led the online voting, was not one of them.
“The band clash was decided based on polling so the people could determine which two local bands would face off on the Thursday night. We put up six bands via social media and websites – Nu Vybes, Small Axe, Grandmasters, Kollision, Kore, and Odisi.
“The voting ended on Wednesday and the results were that Nu Vybes got the most number of votes, followed by Grandmasters and then Small Axe. Thereafter we approached the bands.
“Nu Vybes declined to participate in the band clash in the format we have, so we moved to the second and third placed bands, Grandmasters and Small Axe, and those are the two bands confirmed for the band clash on the Thursday night of the Music Festival.”