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2 'special' hours for 14 local artistes at 2012 BVI Music Fest – Skelton

BVI News Staff - Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Lincoln Ward, one of the headline local artistes for this year' BVI Music Fest.

Several local artistes who have never performed at Music Fest will have an opportunity this year to showcase their talents at Cane Garden Bay.

Coordinator of the event Rhodni Skelton, speaking at a media conference to launch the event, said a number of local artistes will be on stage along with artistes from the region and internationally. The event takes place from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27.

Skkelton said on Friday night there will be a number of local artistes, including an all-star showcase, which will be produced by Marcus Mark from Virgin Gorda.

“What we are trying to give you is a show within a show that will feature all local artistes. Also there will be a group called ODB that’s coming from Florida,” he said, adding that there will be 14 local artistes performing for two hours during that night along with the X-Treme band. The evening will end with Fireman Hooper from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua’s Tizzy of El-A-Kru.

He said the committee will be getting the event back on track this year and will be going back to the usual of having soca and calypso on Friday evening, reggae and hip pop on Saturday and R&B and Soul on Sunday.

Skelton said on Saturday, the event will begin with a kiddies fiesta throughout the day on the beach, and later that evening, the artistes lineup will include performances from a professional dance group out of New York led by a BVIslander; a British Rock Band  ‘Type of Toad’; a DJ from St. Maarten; Quito and the Edge, and Ritical. Skelton said there is one slot that remains open that evening and it’s expected to be filled by either Lady Saw, Baby Cham or Mr. Vegas.

The main artiste on Saturday evening is Third World.

On Sunday evening, Skelton said the event will begin on the inspirational side with an inspirational talk from three in the afternoon from Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline. That evening will also have performances from the Cane Garden Baptist Church Choir; Razor Blades Fungi Band from Sea Cows Bay; a fashion show; a jazz band called ‘It’s a Secret’ from Virgin Gorda; Reema and Quida; and the international performances are ‘Forever MoTown’ who would have backed up several people including Sam Cooke, followed by English Grammy Award winning R&B singer, Estelle.

Critical to economy

Skelton told the media that there were transitions over the years in the Music Fest but they are “trying to get it back on track”.

“This event is one that I consider critical for the economy of the British Virgin Islands. It takes place during a time when our tourism season usually trails off a little bit, and what we will like to see especially from the Tourist Board point of view, is where we can get rid all together of having a slow season. Events like this help to stem the tide and make sure that we do not have a lapse, that our hotels stay filled, that our car rentals are booked up, tour operators are taking people to all our sister islands; an event like this is very important. We have seen in years past where this event has generated upwards of $5M to our economy,” Skelton explained.

He said every thing the committee is doing is being done voluntarily.

“No one here is being paid for what they are doing,” he said.

According to Skelton, admission to the event is cheaper that last year: tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and VIP tickets are $250 for all three nights.

One of the major sponsors this year is Digicel, which has taken over from LIME, which was the major sponsor in previous years.

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  1. #justsaying
    April 27, 2012
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    14 Local Artists, 2 Special Hours. If my calculations are right thats just under 10 minutes for each Artists. In that space of time an artist can only come on stage say their names and say thank you…..lol, #justsaying.

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  2. reallyy
    April 25, 2012
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    ugh i would a say peace b still for this dumb line up if dem at least had showtime

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    • Pretty puff
      April 26, 2012
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      I’m happy to see you all giving the local guys a chance,but i’m wondering if it was like years gone by when they had money to run the music fest i wonder if these guys would of stand a chance.Please don’t use the local guy and turn around and kick then.

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  3. Hmm..
    April 25, 2012
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    Iyiyi… I like that the bvi music festival gone back on the beach again, but dread music fest 2012 going to be DUMB! line up really suckksss!

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  4. April 25, 2012
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    this is a dumb line up we aint coming to this one we going s k :twisted:

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  5. -________-
    April 25, 2012
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    X-Treme Reallyy?! Whaa Happen to Showtime . Struppes -.-

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  6. COOL CAT
    April 24, 2012
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    I thought lincoln retired?

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  7. Anonymous
    April 24, 2012
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    Mr. Vegas! Mr.Vegas!

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    • COOL CAT
      April 24, 2012
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      I would choose baby cham over lady jaw

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  8. Dimples
    April 24, 2012
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    VIP @ $250? What does VIP entail? Unlimited premium liquor? Seated area? Artist meet & greet? For real, I’d like to know. Please?

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    • dang!
      April 24, 2012
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      @dimples i agree with you, if those are not included then the VIP tickets not worth it

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    • Trust
      April 24, 2012
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      Lol I was praying to God that it was a typo

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  9. Anonymous
    April 24, 2012
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    Please, Please Let it be Mr. Vegas

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  10. Unknown
    April 24, 2012
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    lady saw is awesome…… she perform good

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  11. Man Down
    April 24, 2012
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    We want Shine-I to open for Third World PLEASE! Put our locals in the spotlight, his quality of music is good enough. WOrk on it.

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    • 2nd Dat
      April 26, 2012
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      Shine-I should open for Third World…Tru Dat! His music is awesome and with Third World was a mix…culture can’t done!

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  12. wheel and come again
    April 24, 2012
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    2 hours for 14 artistes? this means each artiste will get 8-10 mins to perform tops. come on do better than that. no respect for locals

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    • Dimples
      April 24, 2012
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      9 minutes is enough time for a little known artist to perform his or her best two or three songs and get their shine on and some popularity. If such an artist has a big catalog of music, they should be more famous throughout the region.

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    • moesha
      April 24, 2012
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      I think 2 hours is enough to hear them. They are there all the time singing the same song its good to show case all of them. If they stay longer all would not get the publicity that is need good job. Im glad they are having some inspirational moments. Good looking out.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Real Talk
    April 24, 2012
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    Mr. Vegas of the last few names mentioned. Lady Saw is washed up.

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    • bless
      April 24, 2012
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      oh shut up Lady Saw has her following. She will bring the female crowd out and she is a known performer, not boring like beenie man

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      • please
        April 24, 2012
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        if lady saw has a following in the bvi it means bvi women have no class. in my opinion she should be banned from the VI. She has nothing about her and her performances are not at all inspiring.

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    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2012
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      i agree, we want Mr. Vegas

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  14. eagle eye
    April 24, 2012
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    third world should com on stage from 8 o”clock and move out

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  15. Anonymous
    April 24, 2012
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    strupess… :-? this line up look stupid mannn…

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    • oily
      April 24, 2012
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      everyting look stupid 4 all yo why dont u sponsor an artist

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      • Anonymous
        April 24, 2012
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        sponsor your mother.. nobody not talking to you

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  16. ...
    April 24, 2012
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    I am impressed with the open attitude and intelligence of this new committee. They pay homage to Frank Mahoney’s original vision which worked very well in the past and have updated it with fresh ideas. It doesn’t look like greed or money drives them but a genuine desire to please the demographic which the festival caters to. Even the ticket prices are lower. Kudos to this group and I wish them the best for a successful event!

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