Hopestock, the 'Great Big Gig'

Some 30 local bands and musicians have signed up to perform at this year’s Hopestock, making it among the biggest one-day concerts in the Caribbean.

The great big gig takes place Saturday at Grand Harbour, starting at 3 p.m. Two stages will be set up, along with a large screen which will broadcast live feeds from both stages, and the tunes will be pumping out continuously until just before midnight.

Building on last year’s success

“This year’s event will be bigger and better than last year,” said Will Doran, dean of students at Hope Academy and the driving force behind the festival. In addition to a far greater number of bands signed up to perform, there will be food stalls, cash bars and a raffle with a $500 A.L. Thompson gift voucher grand prize.

“The biggest improvement on last year is that this festival will be filmed by local filmmaker Badir Awe,” Doran explained. “This is being done to capture on film the surge of creative expression that is at the heart of the Hopestock project.”

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In bringing together such a large number of Cayman’s budding and established musicians, all of whom are giving their time freely, Hopestock organizers hope to harness the power of music and creative expression to bring about positive change.

“We may be a fairly small island, but by nurturing and encouraging this plethora of young bands, we are beginning to make a really big sound,” Doran said.

The concert promises to be an authentically community-spirited event and, with local artists displaying and selling their work, cotton candy and hot dogs on sale, a bouncy castle for the kids, and henna artist and hair stylist on hand, there is sure to be a genuine festival atmosphere.

Hope for a green school

The first Hopestock, organized by the Hope Academy, was held last year with the aim of raising money to send students on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. This year’s event has far loftier ambitions: to raise money for the region’s first green school. Proceeds from the event will go to the Hope Academy Building Fund with the ultimate aim of building a LEED-certified school in Cayman that would be a hub of sustainable, environmentally sound education.

Musicians slated to perform include: December Frostbite, The Dmerren Band, The Legend of Matty Sloane, Bryony Ro, Jardel McIntosh, Natasha Mowbray, The Glen Scott Trio, Michael Lazzari, Jaise’s Cousin, Yung Fusion, Sir Jinks, Shameka Clarke, Josh Pearl, Stephan Cotterell, Bona Fide, Funk Republik, The Hopestock Project Band, The Nevereens, Toca Nova, Junglebook band, The Young Old Men, The Sundance Police, Badir Awe, Acrobat, Craig Brown, Natalie Barber, Clever Knots, Jon Cubbins, Simon Donoghue, The Poznansky Quintet, and Pan ’n’ Riddim Steel Band.

Tickets are available in advance at Hope Academy and Rock Gorgeous Hair for $20, or at the gate for $25.


The Toca Nova band is among those performing on Saturday.


Bona Fide is also in the lineup.
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