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.


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+1 #2 Jeffrey L Donovan 2017-03-02 13:30
This should be a great opportunity for the Federation to enhance the skills of home grown artists and work to give them more international exposure. By helping to elevate the local artists more internationally , it will reduce the need to have to bring in so many non-locals. This will reduce cost in terms of have to pay for flight, accommodations, and food and performance fees.
+3 #1 SKN Patron 2017-03-02 13:14
The MF needs to revisit its formula and focus more on quality rather than quantity! People will be willing to pay more for a ticket if they feel the experience and quality of the lineup justifies it. If the MF committee knows there is a clash with the BET event, well why not reschedule the MF?! It's quite simple really! The recycling of acts truly needs to stop. It's ridiculous now.

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