Soso, Brancker Project, Yearwood headline Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest 2015
January 16, 2015
Soso, Brancker Project, Yearwood headline Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest 2015

Fri, Jan 16, 2015

It’s just one week to go before the Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest kicks off its 12th anniversary four-day music-filled weekend in Bequia.{{more}}

Patrons from St Vincent and Bequia and visitors from all over the world will be treated to mega-watt performances from Barbados’ Nicholas Brancker Project and Edwin Yearwood of “Krosfyah” fame, who will headline the Saturday night show at De Reef, followed by Winston Soso on Sunday, who will close out the weekend with the Mount Gay grand finale.{{more}}

Opening honours for the Music Fest go to the Frangipani Hotel, where the fabulous 13-piece Elite Steel Orchestra from St Vincent will perform on Thursday, January 22 from 9 p.m.

Thanks to Basil Charles, on Friday, January 23 the Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest once again welcomes the Mustique Blues Festival to Bequia for one night only. Dana Gillespie and the London Blues Band and her guest artistes will guarantee another thrilling night’s entertainment dedicated to the Blues at its very best. Headlining this year are amazing British blues icon Ian Siegal, American soul and blues guitarist Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges and the extraordinary Dino Baptiste and Julien Brunetaud on keyboard.

On Saturday 24, from 12.30 p.m., the Bequia Beach Hotel in Friendship will be the venue for a hot and cool Afternoon Jam by the beach, featuring visiting and locally based musicians from St Vincent and the Grenadines, with the “Country Relatives” from Bequia among the headliners. It’s a chilled afternoon of music in the hotel’s beautiful gardens and, best of all – admission is free!

Saturday night is Music Fest fete night at De Reef. Debuting in Bequia this year are the two headlining bands – the Nicholas Brancker Project with bass ace Nicholas Brancker, and Barbados’ soca sensation Edwin Yearwood. Also performing will be last year’s show-stoppers the “Nj30+” band, featuring Marius Charlemagne, guitar virtuoso Toby Armstrong, and Bequia’s own “Infinity,” who will open the Saturday night show.

The ever popular Music Fest Sunday By the Beach will see big crowds flocking to see the legendary Vincentian soca artiste Winston Soso close out the weekend of fabulous music at the massive Mount Gay Finale at De Reef in Lower Bay.

Also performing on Sunday afternoon will be the Bequia “Kids on Pan” Steel Orchestra, jazz, blues and rock by the “Denzil Bacchus Blues Band,” the “Bequia Blues Band,” with other guest appearances.

Tickets for all shows are on sale at Quik Print in St Vincent, and in Bequia at the Bequia Tourism Office, Lina’s Delicatessen, De Reef, Bequia Beach Hotel, Bequia Technology Centre, Vintages and the Frangipani Hotel.

Tickets prices are EC$70 for advance single night tickets (EC$80 on the door). Tickets for Sunday afternoon are EC$25 (EC$35 on the door). An advance “weekender ticket” for all three ticketed events is available for a bargain EC$155. Admission is free to the Frangipani on Thursday and to the Live Music Jam by the Beach on Saturday afternoon at the Bequia Beach Hotel.

The Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest is only possible because of the enthusiastic support it receives from local businesses. Apart from Title Sponsorship from Mount Gay Rum, the event also receives Gold Sponsorship from LIME, St Vincent Brewery (Hairoun) and the Bequia Beach Hotel, with additional sponsorship from the SVG Ministry of Tourism/SVG Tourism Authority, Air Adelphi, Frangipani Hotel, De Reef, CRS Music & Media, (Barbados), Admiralty Transport Co Ltd, and Quik-Print (St Vincent).

The Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest is also generously supported by Basil’s Bar Mustique, Nice Radio, Mountain Top Springs Water, Julie’s Guest House, Mac’s Pizzeria, Vintages Bequia (Agents for Mount Gay Rum), Bequia Technology Centre, WAG Service Station, Nichols Garage St Vincent, Compass Publishing, Outhouse Graphics, and The Vincentian, The News and Searchlight newspapers.

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