(St. George’s, Grenada) – Pure Grenada Music Festival’s first event, Ready for the Stage, took place last weekend Saturday 10th December at Le Phare Bleu Hotel & Marina. The Ready for the Stage competition saw eight (8) extremely talented local bands competing for the chance to share the Main Stage at next year’s festival dated May 5th - 7th 2017, with highly acclaimed local, regional and international artistes.
Sabrina Francis, Ahkeem & Nature Claim, Sonika, Soul Deep, Sensation, Quiet Fire, Lion Paw & D-Unit as well as Loxton Mitchell performed a combination of original music and perfectly executed covers on Saturday. Each band was given half an hour to perform in front of a fully supportive audience made of Sponsors, Founders & Diamonds, band supporters and music lovers of all kinds.
Every band chose one original song that was recorded as a music video for Youtube. Once these videos are uploaded, the PGMF program committee will then choose three (3) bands to perform on the Main Stage and all others will perform on the secondary Village Stage.
Patrons thoroughly enjoyed each performance.
“We had to find out exactly how many persons were on stage. They sounded like a full band. We could not believe that there were only an acoustic guitar and a keyboard being played. You deserve to be on that Main Stage” said two excited patrons to Loxton Mitchell after his very passionate performance.
“I’ve known Dennison as a little boy beating tables as drums in primary school. I never thought he’d grow up to be so good at his vocals. I’ve heard him everywhere and I’d follow him everywhere to hear him perform.” another patron said about Lion Paw and D-Unit Band.
The PGMF committee and volunteers also had a tremendous experience.
Piankhi Toussaint; Master of Ceremonies at Ready for the Stage said; "It is truly a blessing and an awesome opportunity to share the stage with such extraordinarily gifted performers; their differing styles making for a truly one of a kind experience. As a host, I am grateful that their ability to entertain makes my job easy in one way, while in another way, makes me elevate my standard to maintain the overall quality of the entire production. The fact that there are so many amazing musical acts to filter through to finalize the Main Stage performances is testimony to the fact that Grenada is a nation brimming with talent. The audience is a powerful motivating force for the artistes and they create an atmosphere of love and encouragement. The venue, the stage, the sound system and the volunteers all work harmoniously to create the means for the artistes to showcase their gifts. I am excitedly looking forward to The Pure
Grenada Music Festival and I am proud to say that we definitely have musicians and singers that are more than ready for the stage."
Arlene Friday; Festival Co-ordinator said; “The event was a true success! Artistes of various musical genres performed flawlessly moving from act to act without delay and were able to captivate the audience of all ages. Face painters kept smiles on children’s faces while Summer Juice slushies kept adults coming back for more and more! There was never a dull moment because Ready For The Stage had something for everyone. It was definitely an event to remember!”
Festival Co-ordinator, Lynn Fletcher mentioned that tickets will be on sale from Friday 16th December via the PGMF website. "We are pleased to confirm that the standard price tickets will remain the same price as 2016, EC$70. A Festival Package is also available for EC$195, giving you entry to all three nights. This year, we are working on being able to scan tickets via your smartphone so there will be no need to print tickets thus saving paper and in keeping with our Going Green Action Group objectives. VIP tickets are also available online at EC$350 each. A VIP Package will also be offered and details of the VIP package will be available at a later date. Our ticket agents will be announced in the New Year, but cash ticket sales can be made at the PGMF office located at Le Phare Bleu Hotel & Marina".
The PGMF committee would like to thank everyone who was able to attend as well as all Sponsors, Diamonds, Supporters and friends of the festival: Westerhall Rums, Netherlands Insurance, Grenada Tourism Authority, Le Phare Bleu Hotel & Marina, Hubbard's, Spice Isle Fish House, Boss FM and Summer Juices. The committee also looks forward to the videos of each band that will be produced from Saturday’s events. Their aim is utilize these videos as a platform for our tremendously talented home grown artistes and to assist them in the production of quality musical performances at next year’s festival.
Additional information on our Ready for the Stage bands and ticket sales can be found on the PGMF website www.grenadamusicfestival.com or by calling 1-473-444-2400. Pure Grenada Music Festival; Great Music…Naturally