By Ketricia Finch

St. Kitts Reporter

The artists slated to perform on the opening night of the 11th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival along with festival committee members attended a press conference on Thursday morning.

Machel Montano, HD, Allison Hinds, Small Axe Band, Queen Anastasia and King Konris and the Better Band were just some of the acts present to field questions from local, regional and international media at the St. Kitts Marriott Hotel.

The artists’ general comments were that they were thrilled to be a part of the festival where they have the opportunity to work together and to generate good Caribbean music.

Juni Liburd, marketing and promotions executive of the event, guaranteed that the festival offers a good line up, similar to that of the previous ten festivals.

“In addition to the fantastic line up we have, we are also going to be promoting and highlighting our culture, and some of the artists and folklore that would make St. Kitts the prime time destination that it is.”

Liburd announced that the festival’s front stage concerts held at Independence Square from this week Wednesday through to Friday would be featuring acts like Hi5 music with DJ Dice, the Jingle Bells String Band, Foreplay, the Coronet Steel Orchestra, Collision and Nu Vybz Bands.

“The St. Kitts Music Festival is the premiere festival in the Caribbean when it comes to music festivals. It has a variety of musical genres that we offer – Soca, Rap, R and B, Reggae, Dancehall and Jazz. This is the festival you can come to which offers this dynamic mix of Caribbean and International music by the world’s best artists,” Liburd said.

The artists revealed what the audience should expect from them during their performances.

Uki Warner of one of the young, upcoming bands that was scheduled to perform yesterday (Thursday) Royaltiez, said the band would not only be performing, but also backing up King Konris and Queen Anastasia.

A member of the Better Band said interaction from the audience is key. They would attempt to interact with the audience to gain their interest.

Konris mentioned that he would be doing a blend of his old and new songs.

This year makes it the third or fourth time that Machel Montano would be performing at the festival. He commended St. Kitts for it’s consistent effort of inviting a mixture of artists to perform.

Anastasia said she would be doing some up-tempo soca songs as well as her regular calypsos as a means of adding some spice to her performance.

Allison Hinds said her performance this year would make it her first-time performance without the band she use to perform with, Square Band.

Mr. World of the Small Axe Band said the audience should expect the energetic performance Small Axe usually delivers.

The Friday and Saturdays nights of the festival would offer equally exciting acts. On Friday there will be a pan tribute to an icon of the steelpan community, Boots.

Pluto Shervington, Tessanne Chin, Richie Stephens, Lady Saw, Steel Pulse and Sean Paul will all be there, along with performances from Jazzique, Maxi Priest, Ne-Yo, Michael Bolton and Big Boi of Outkast