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KAABOO chief hopes to bring festival back to Cayman

Jason Felts, who brought the KAABOO festival to Cayman in February, has taken over the helm of KAABOO and said he hopes one day to bring another festival to the island, although it won’t be any time next year.

KAABOO cancelled

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KAABOO is gone but not forgotten

Musician Derrick McKay was typical of those reacting to Sunday’s announcement that KAABOO Cayman 2020 had been cancelled.

Music fest this weekend

If you did not get the chance to see Suckerbox band play at KAABOO, you can make your way to Royal Palms Beach Club this Saturday for its Summer Music Festival.

KAABOO 2020 ticket sales create headache for fans

KAABOO was the talk of Cayman again on Thursday, but this time it was in stark contrast to the praises that have widely been lavished on the recent two-day festival.

Man came for KAABOO, stayed for court

A young man who came to Cayman to attend the KAABOO festival this past weekend ended up staying longer than he intended because he was obliged to attend Summary Court.

KAABOO Cayman: Performances at a glance

KAABOO Cayman got off to a rousing start with local act Rico Rolando taking to the stage as the first arrivals were streaming through the gates early Friday afternoon and concluded with a spectacular show by British band Duran Duran. Here's some of the weekend's highlights.

KAABOO sets Cayman alight

If 10,000 people cannot be wrong, Jason Felts pulled it off. The brains behind KAABOO Cayman, Mr. Felts broke open a new avenue for entertainment...

Duran Duran caps off first KAABOO Cayman

Two local Cayman bands lifted KAABOO Cayman to an energetic start Friday afternoon. Thanks Rico Ronaldo and Suckerbox kicked off the festival with back-to-back performances on different stages.

KAABOO Cayman 2019 set to rock the island’s world

The Cayman Islands is no stranger to international music acts, but previous concerts will pale in comparison to KAABOO, happening this Friday and Saturday.

KAABOO comic chat: Kevin Nealon and Alonzo Bodden

Kevin Nealon may be best known for his television work, but he sees himself as a stand-up comedian first.

KAABOO on schedule after rain delays VIP event

Heavy rain forced KAABOO officials to postpone a VIP “sneak peek” event scheduled for Thursday evening, but organizers say the festival will go ahead as planned.

Getting 10,000 people to KAABOO

With 10,000 people making their way to the KAABOO festival this weekend, organizers have put transportation arrangements in place, while police have created a series of traffic control measures around the location, including reducing the speed limit on a stretch of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to 25 mph.

NEW: Rain delays KAABOO VIP event, festival goes on

Heavy rain on Thursday forced KAABOO officials to postpone a VIP “sneak peek” event scheduled for that same evening. But the festival will go ahead as planned.

Your guide to KAABOO: What to know, where to go

Jason Felts’s field of dreams is about to be filled with 10,000 concertgoers.

Putting the final touches on KAABOO

Workers carry out some final adjustments at the KAABOO site, where some 10,000 concertgoers are expected on both days of the two-day event, which begins early Friday afternoon.

Local bands share stage with music legends

Stacks of speakers strung like beads on a cable were being hauled into place along the edge of the Ironshore stage at the KAABOO festival grounds on Tuesday, one of the final pieces of the preparation for the start of the two-day entertainment event.

Police hit the beach on new ATVs

Police on electric-powered all-terrain vehicles will soon be patrolling Grand Cayman’s beaches.

Salt-N-Pepa to address 100 Women in Finance

Before they take to the KAABOO stage on Saturday, Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, of the Grammy Award winning hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa, will be speaking Friday at an event organized by 100 Women in Finance.

KAABOO organizers expect sellout

KAABOO organizers are expecting a capacity crowd at the two-day festival that starts Friday on the grounds constructed just north of the Kimpton SeaFire resort.

KAABOO buzz builds as festival approaches

The KAABOO festival is the talk of the Cayman Islands, at least in a lot of circles.

Police outline plans for KAABOO traffic

There’s one group not listed on the KAABOO marquee, but which may be just as important to the Feb. 15 and 16 festival as the bands on stage.

EDITORIAL – What we’re watching out for in 2019

As a rule, Compass editors are cautious about indulging in the temptation of attempted prognostication. However, there are some issues and themes, classified as “in progress” or “recurring,” that we expect to find ourselves writing about in the coming year.

Norm Macdonald replaces David Spade at KAABOO

Comedian Norm Macdonald will be replacing David Spade in the KAABOO lineup next month.

Art leads the way as KAABOO site evolves

Lauren Youngsmith had wanted to paint a lizard for some time. Inspired by Cayman, she finally did it earlier this month.

KAABOO announces daily schedule

KAABOO Cayman has announced a more detailed lineup for the festival on Feb. 15-16. A day-by-day list of performers is now available, in time for a Monday sale on single-day tickets for the event.

KAABOO adds local bands to festival lineup

Derrick McKay thinks KAABOO will be good for his punk band and a handful of other Cayman-based groups that were chosen last Saturday to perform at the two-day festival in February.
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KAABOO auditions local bands

Residents should head to Royal Palms this Saturday night for an epic set of performances, courtesy of some of the islands’ best bands, vocalists and musicians.

Bands vie to play KAABOO

Well before their February festival, KAABOO officials are hosting a battle of the bands.

Artists gear up for KAABOO

A group of local artists, along with a few imports, will give KAABOO attendees something to look at besides rock ‘n’ roll stars when the festival rolls around in February.

Parade of Lights registration opens

Registration is open to participate in Cayman 27’s annual Parade of Lights at Camana Bay.

KAABOO culinary lineup announced

Music and comedy acts at the KAABOO Cayman festival have been getting the most attention but, among other things, the event is also about food.

KAABOO on the big stage in San Diego

Think Disneyland for adults. That is a little bit of what KAABOO Del Mar is like.

Dart plans to reopen Seven Mile Beach hotel

The Dart group plans to reopen the Beach Suites as an unbranded “boutique hotel” before the end of the year.

EDITORIAL – Today’s lesson: How to spell ‘KAABOO’

The “Big Mo,” meaning momentum, is beginning to build for KAABOO Cayman, even though the first acts for the music and entertainment festival won’t take to the stage until February 2019.

Digicel joins KAABOO as partner and sponsor

Digicel Cayman is, almost literally, jumping on the KAABOO “band wagon,” joining Virgin Produced and the Dart Organization as a partner and “major corporate sponsor” of the two-day festival which will take place in February 2019.

New murals add blast of color to island

The commute along West Bay Road is turning into an artist’s paradise.

Weekender Spotlight

Team Cayman is bringing vocalists, dancers, models and actors to the World Competition of Performing Arts. The Caymanian talent doesn't stop there; KAABOO is making a call for local performers to participate in the festival.

Council emphasizes concern over festival site decision

The Central Planning Authority’s decision to approve the Dart group’s plans for a festival site without considering environmental implications may not be legal, according to Gina Ebanks-Petrie, director of the Department of Environment.

Festival site approved ahead of KAABOO

The Dart group was granted planning permission Thursday to create an event site that will be used to host the forthcoming KAABOO Cayman festival and potentially other major concerts and events.

KAABOO expected to generate nearly $14 million

What may be the largest-ever festival planned for the Cayman Islands next year is expected to attract 11,000 people for each of its two days and, with them, a lot of money.

KAABOO music festival organizers expect 11,000 people a day

Organizers of the KAABOO music festival gave some indication of the likely scale of the event Monday, when they sought a liquor license covering 47 different bars to be spread across the 30-acre site.

First round of KAABOO tickets now sold out

If you are planning on attending next year’s KAABOO Cayman festival, it will now cost you more.

EDITORIAL – KAABOO festival: A world-class musical event coming to Cayman

The just-announced KAABOO festival will not only be the largest event of its nature in the history of the Cayman Islands, but could very well transform the world’s perception of Cayman as an entertainment and tourism venue.

Major music festival planned for Cayman

KAABOO, the three-year-old festival that drew 100,000 people to San Diego in September last year to see three days of music, including acts such as Tom Petty, Pink and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is coming to the Cayman Islands.

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