The 22nd Annual St Kitts Music Festival has been deemed a rousing success, having drawn record numbers of attendees to the July 27 to July 1 event.
In addition, for the first time in the event’s history, its hashtag #SKMF2018 was trending on Twitter.
“I was extremely pleased to see such a positive reaction to our diverse range of performers this year, both in person and on social media” said Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce Lindsay Grant.
“We had a record number of nightly attendees, including visitors from all of our key source markets who came to see both the local artists and acclaimed international acts on the roster. Now having completed 22 consecutive years and maintaining our position as one of the largest and longest running music festivals in the Caribbean, we look forward to continuing to raise the bar as we approach our milestone 25th anniversary in 2021.”
CEO of the St Kitts Tourism Authority, Racquel Brown added that it was gratifying to see planes arriving at full capacity and hotels sold out.
“Further, with the earlier nightly conclusions to performances, local establishments had the benefit of additional business from after-parties. The St Kitts Music Festival continues to have a positive impact on our tourism sector year after year,” she said.
The performances kicked off on the night of July 28 with the Grammy-nominated Nailah Blackman giving a soulful and energetic performance that set the tone for the remainder of the event. Destra Garcia, the Queen of Bacchanal, followed, wowing the crowd with many of her well-known and much beloved songs including her top hit “Lucy.” KES the band had attendees singing along to his songs, especially his most recent top hit that’s climbing the music charts, “Hello.” Spice brought everyone to an enraptured stand-still during her performance, while local bands Nu Vybes International and Small Axe Band closed the Thursday night show with a bang.
Friday night was reggae night, with industry greats such as opening act Chakademus & Pliers and the evening’s closing act, Sizzla, keeping the crowd on its feet throughout the evening. The second performer of the event, Ishawna, brought her unique talent to the stage that had fans cheering her along. Wayne Wonder and August Alsina kept the energy going while upcoming local talents Byron Messia and Dejour had everyone singing along to their music.
On Saturday, Rhythm of the Beat started the action off with a mix of original songs and cover hits that drew an early attendance. The incredible Grammy Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame artist Patti LaBelle was next up, performing many of her top hits, including “Lady Marmalade,” “Right Kind of Lover”, “When You Talk About Love,” and more to the absolute delight of the audience.
Lauryn Hill everyone with her talent and hit songs including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “That Thing” while Grammy-nominated rap artist Fetty Wap left the audience begging for more to conclude the event.
Outside of the three nights of performances at Warner Park Stadium, a welcome reception was hosted at the Christophe Harbour Marina, followed by an Escape Fete at Salt Plage, on the evening of Wednesday, June 27. The festival closed with the Africa-themed White Sands white party at Carambola Beach Club.