The release was made on Thursday, 5th May, 2011 at media launch held at the St. Kitts Marriott Hotel where organisers of the event gave an update on the progression of plans for the event.
Prior to the launch, the public would get regular peeks on the list, with the committee revealing some of the artists who would be starring in this year’s event.
The three-night event, slated for 23rd – 25th June will be held at Warner Park and on night number one, Nu Vybes Band Intl, Small Axe Band, Ali Campbell’s UB40, Bunny Wailer, Mic Stokes, King Konris, X Man and The Kore featuring Gharlic are scheduled to perform.
The following night promises to be just as impressive and entertaining with the likes of Gyptian, Demarco, Konshens, Black Ryno, Maxi Priest, Cocoa Tea and Yellow Man taking centre stage.
The final night is often referred to as the icing on the cake and this year’s announced artistes seem to be making quite a buzz. According to the line-up the festival will end with soothing sounds of Jah Cure, the old-school groove of the Commodores, the soulful Fantasia and East Meets West.
As part of the press conference, both Fantaisia and Maxi Priest were contacted via telephone and they both expressed their excitement to be part of the St. Kitts Music Festival.
Fantasia, a vivacious and soulful singer, made her debut in 2004 on American Idol, a television reality series which seeks out and promotes singers from across the United States of America. She recently returned to the Idol stage and performed her single “Collard Greens and Cornbread” from her album “Back to Me”.
She promised a nothing-less-than-the-best performance noting that she intends to perform a wide range of songs ranging from old to new school hits.
In giving a bit of advice to persons who are seeking to enter the industry, she indicated that is not easy but noted that determination and passion for music are key.
As sponsorship for the event, LIME, via its Country Manager, David Lake, presented a US$100,000 cheque to the Music Festival Committee.