Rock, reggae festival staging will be at the Festival Green

Grand Cayman is going to be the focal point for the Cayman Rock & Reggae Festival featuring Air Supply and Third World. The festival will be held Friday, 12 July, at Camana Bay’s Festival Green.  

The Cayman Rock & Reggae Festival is being staged by the Music Republic whose main headliners Air Supply, the British-Australian duo that has sold over 100 million albums and had eight Top Ten hits in the 1980s, and Third World, the reggae band formed in 1973 with a sound influenced by soul, funk and disco. The headliners blend two unique and distinct music genres for a rare concert experience that is sure to transcend generations, states a press release.  

The festival will also feature two up-and-coming acts Brave Yesterday and Chronixx. Artist Jamar Rolando McNaughton, better known in the music industry as Chronixx, has a distinctive voice that has earned him his place on the reggae stage. Chronixx has been widely regarded by critics in the music industry internationally as the biggest talent to arrive on the music scene since the legendary Bob Marley. Brave Yesterday, a group originating from Jersey, Channel Islands who credit their fresh sound to influences such as The Killers, Snow Patrol and The Police, will also join the show. Brave Yesterday, supported in 2011 McFly, playing on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and released their third full-length album, Kaleidoscopes. 

Music Republic’s vision is to bring together the Caribbean’s leading industry professionals to design and produce best-in-class large scale festivals and concerts as well as smaller scale musical events and stage shows. Music Republic is comprised of experienced, talented Caribbean professionals delivering solutions to the diverse music entertainment needs of the individual and collective Caribbean islands. The group has three upcoming concerts planed in the Caribbean: In November the Caribbean Electronic Music Congress will be held in Trinidad and Barbados where DJ’s from Europe, North and South America and Asia will play electronic music bringing an Ibiza and Baleric styled event concept to the Caribbean; in early 2014 one major headliner and opening acts will grace the stages of Barbados and the Bahamas in the Music Republic concert Series; The Cayman Rock & Reggae Festival is planned to be an annual event, each show featuring two established main headliners, one celebrating each genre.  


The Music Republic Team 

The group is headed up by Managing Director and CEO Ian Hemming, who credits his strategic expertise to over 14 years of experience working in top-tier global financial institutions in various capacities in the Caribbean, Europe and North America. In 2012, Mr. Hemming served as the chief financial officer for the Art of Music Productions Ltd, producers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival headlined by Celine Dion.  

Music Republic’s production crew will be led by Robert Stewart, director of Technical Productions. Mr. Stewart has over 30 years in concert, tour and production management and has successfully executed productions in over 100 countries to date, notably the Yokosuka Festival in Japan and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, one of the largest electronic music festivals, which attract over 300,000 visitors annually. He has served as tour production manager and stage manager for preforming artists such as Usher, Maxi Priest, 50 Cent, Roberta Flack, Sly & Robbie, Sean Paul and Anita Baker.  

The group’s director of Marketing and Sponsorship Dominque Silvers-Peterkin brings nearly 20 years of experience in the marketing industry. No stranger to the Caribbean brand, Dominque has worked with leading companies such as Sandals Resorts International, Island Routes and Air Jamaica. Dominque has coordinated and executed a number of prestigious events in the Jamaica, including the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the five-day NASCAR Race Fans Beach Bash event in Montego Bay Jamaica and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inaugural Voyage Concert in 2009 and 2011. 

Music Republic’s principal in Cayman is attorney and notary public Mark Beckford, who has over 13 years’ collective experience in legal advisory services in both the public and private sectors in the Cayman Islands. A civic minded individual with a special interest in developing opportunities for the young people in Cayman, Mr. Beckford embodies the guiding philosophy of Music Republic in its ambition to facilitate and enhance opportunities for young people who have an interest in the creative arts. Mark and Ian have been long standing friends since around 1998 when first Ian, then later Mark, were students at the Cayman Islands Law School. Their collaboration is the result of their shared appreciation for the warmth and hospitality of the Cayman Islands’ cosmopolitan society.  

Music Republic has engaged the Cayman based consulting firm AtWater, an experienced team with a track record of producing high quality events. AtWater will be Music Republic’s on-island representative, leading the marketing, public relations and sponsor relations endeavours. “We are excited to partner with Music Republic to launch their Caribbean brand and equally proud to help their team to stage its first Caribbean event right here in the Cayman Islands,” said AtWater’s Erika Mazzei. “Music Republic is going to redefine the outdoor concert experience and bring exceptional value to the Cayman concert goers; watch this space!”  


For more information, contact Erika Mazzei at [email protected] 


Air Supply is coming to Camana Bay. – Photos: File


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