2008 Virgin Atlantic Music Festival

2008 Virgin Atlantic Music Festival Barbados

For the 2nd year running Virgin Atlantic are sponsoring the Barbados music festival, which will see bands flying in from the UK to perform at various venues across Barbados.

After a very successful event in 2007 that saw blues. folk and rock, the 2008 Virgin Atlantic Music Festival is set to be bigger and better!

Virgin Atlantic Airways are celebrating 10 years of flying to the Caribbean and so for 10 days you can see a live band every night!

The festival will run from October 30th until November 8th 2008 and will cover rock, reggae, blues, folk, hip hop, ska and breakbeat.

The various locations for the festival are:

October 31st, 2008: Hellraisers Ball, Surfer’s Bay – Gates open 6pm.
Saturday November 1, 2008: Urban Vibes, Surfer’s Bay – Gates open 12noon.
Sunday November 2, 2008: Weekend Blues, Surfer’s Bay – Gates open 12noon.
Monday November 3rd, 2008: Mojos
Tuesday November 4th, 2008: Berts Bar
Wednesday November 5th, 2008: Surfer’s Bay
Thursday November 6, 2008: McBrides
Friday November 7th, 2008: Beach House
Saturday November 8th, 2008: TOP SECRET to be announced at the opening weekend.

The opening festival will run for 3 days in the grounds of Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar with Mojos, McBrides and Bert’s Bar on tour. All artists will perform at the opening festival and then go on to perform another gig for the rest of the festival at various locations across the island.

The line up for the opening festival is:

The Hellraisers Ball
October 31st 2008
Surfer’s Bay, Silver Sands

The sound of a Mount Gay party!!!

» Hip Slinky: an all original Indie band from the UK – listen to www.myspace.com/hipslinky – you are going to love them!!!!

» Lanyap, who gave a great performance when they closed last year’s festival. They are a Caribbean rock band out of Trinidad, and ladies watch out for Kiwan – he is a bit easy on the eye! To hear their music check out www.myspace.com/lanyapmusic. They also have a facebook page so just search Lanyap.

» Chamber Games – led by Willow, who performed at last year’s event this all new rock band from Dublin, Ireland will blow you away!!!

» Nexcyx – this high energy group will be playing all the favorite rock and party tunes and some of the own original material.

» Threads of Scarlet are fresh in from New York bringing you their original rock.

» Roadhouse – Barbados’ favorite rock band. To hear their music please go to www.myspace.com/roadhousebarbados

Saturday November 1st, 2008
Surfer’s Bay, Silver Sands

Absolut Noise!

» THE DUB PISTOLS!!!! – This ska, hip hp and breakbeat band have their own very unique sound and warmed up for Barbados by playing at Glastonbury 2008 – check out www.myspace.com/thedubpistols – it is going to be a riot!

» Rodney P – the godfather of UK hip hop is alos coming to perform with The Dub Pistols – Rodney is also a BBC radio presenter and you can hear him in all his glory by going to www.myspace.com/riddimkila

» RED STAR LION – The most requested reggae artist on the circuit, and after just recording with The Dub Pistols – this is one off opportunity to see both artists perform together – only at this event!

» Buggy Fully Loaded – original reggae band from Barbados – guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

» Chromatics, a Trinidadian hip hop, rap and reggae artist, you can hear his music by going to www.myspace.com/chromatics1

» Rubytech is the best up and coming FUSION artist (no longer hip hop artiste) and winner of 3 Barbados Music Awards for his hit single “Reasons”. His music reflects the voice of the people and the hopes and dreams of a new generation!

» Trezay is a veteran Hip Hop artist who has carved his niche with his out spoken, heartfelt flow and consistent work ethic…

» Philip 7 and Masala – winner of the Barbados Music Awards in the alternative rock category – what a beautiful surprise to have beautiful Philip playing!

» Strategy the band – playing all new original material with their up beat energy and soulful vibes. Featuring Hotta Flames – Hip hop and reggae artist from Barbados and Ayana John – beautiful female reggae singer – not to be missed!

Finale with Harley Blues Day
Sunday Nov 2 2008
Surfer’s Bay, Silver Sands

The smooth sound of Remi Martin!

» The Martin Harley Band are coming back – to hear their music if you didn’t catch them last year go to www.myspace.com/martinharleyband – their new album is out and you can join their Facebook group for regular updates – just search Martin Harley Band.

» The Toby Armstrong Blues Explosion – an all new all original blues band out of Barbados!

» Limehouse Lizzy the UK’s leading tribute to Thin Lizzy – real hard core rockers and excellent musicians – The Boys are coming to our town!
To hear their music go to www.myspace.com/limehouselizzy.

» David Kirton – His sound and aura is far from a ‘typical’ reggae artist. His music is a unique hybrid of rock – pop and reggae that moves past the reverent Caribbean rhythms of the past and on to the air waves, dance floors and digital devices of future. Barbados Music Awards 2008 winner for Reggae artist, Reggae song and Best music video (male) for Green Camouflage. His new album ‘Time for Change’ is being released in the UK on September 30th under the Nova / Pinnacle label and Universal
Music Canada. With three hot music videos and four critically acclaimed albums this is a Barbadian artist not to be missed.


» Soul Power – the ultimate party band – a combination of lead vocals from UK’s Soulfish and backing by leading musicians in Barbados, they will take you back in time with the great soul and Motown classics.

» KITE – Two guys, five years, thousands of fly miles, four countries, two continents, eight international awards, five Barbados Music Award nominations, three honorary mentions billboard word songwriting contest, two studio albums, twenty four songs, three music videos, five prime time international TV/movie placements, one radio show……. www.kitesound.com.

» The seven eleven showwww.myspace.com/thesevenelevenshow

» EULOGY – an all new original rock band from Barbados.

This year the event will be broadcast on CaribVizion, which is received in over 22 Caribbean islands and in the US. CaribVizion will be making a 1-hour program from each event and this will feature exclusive interviews with all the musicians.

The 3-day opening festival will be by ticket only. Tickets are priced at $40 for a one day pass.

You can buy tickets via the bands web sites and there is a special rate from Virgin Holidays for UK fans to come over for the event.

For more information you can join the Facebook Group – Barbados Music Festival.

Tickets are also on sale at the following venues in Barbados Surfers Bay, Surfers Cafe, Mojos, McBrides, Berts Bar, and Ocean Park.

If you wish to buy tickets via credit card then please call the (246) 420-5943.

Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Friday November 7th 2008
Willow and Limehouse Lizzy at The Beach House in Holetown St. James Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Friday October 31st 2008
The Hellraiser’s Ball at Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar in Silver Sands Christ Church Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Monday November 3rd 2008
Hip Slinky at Mojos Perone Gap Worthing Christ Church Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Saturday November 1st 2008
Big Urban Vibes at Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar Silver Sands Christ Church Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Saturday November 8th 2008
The Dub Pistols at Surfer’s Café in Oistins Christ Church Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Sunday November 2nd 2008
Weekend Blues at Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar Silver Sands Christ Church Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Thursday November 6th 2008
Limehouse Lizzy at McBride’s Irish Pub in St. Lawrence Gap Christ Church Barbados.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Thursday October 30th 2008
The opening night of The Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 kicked off in style with a VIP opening party at Surfer’s Café in Oistins.

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Virgin Atlantic Music Festival 2008 – Tuesday November 4th 2008
ADA and The Toby Armstrong Blues Explosion at Bert’s Bar on the South Coast Main Road of Christ Church Barbados.

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