Veteran Reggae Star in this year’s Virgin Holidays Music Festival – plus dates and line up for 2011’s season in Barbados

For the fifth year running, Surfer’s Bay in Christ Church will play host to the Virgin Holidays Music Festival, where some of the UK’s most talented musicians join forces with American, Barbadian, Trinidadian and other Caribbean musicians to create an international musical extravaganza!

"You don’t love me”, which has also been covered by Barbados’ own queen of pop Rihanna; For more information please check the Facebook page – Surfers Bay Music Festival

The event will open on Thursday 24 November and run through until Independence Day Nov 30. and for the first time, the festival will also incorporate a dance event with international DJ’s on Tuesday 29 November.

Veronica Montgomery, co-organiser said, ‘We are really pleased with the line up for this year and also really excited about incorporating the biggest dance event Barbados has ever staged, which will be held a separate venue. We have 6 acres of beach side land at Surfer’s Bay and to celebrate our 5th birthday, there will 5 days of great music covering dance, rock, reggae, dub, blues, funk and folk.”

This year will see a headline performance from the UK’s Charlie Simpson, former front man of Busted and more recently Fightstar. Charlie’s first solo album, ‘Young Pilgrim’ released earlier this year, reached number 6 in the UK album chart.

The Martin Harley Band have played every festival since its inception in 2007 - For further information on the event , please call Veronica Montgomery on 826 3757

There will also be a headline performance from reggae veteran Dawn Penn, who shot to fame with ‘You don’t love me”, which has also been covered by Barbados’ own queen of pop Rihanna. Dawn will be backed by local reggae outfit The Fully Loaded Band.

The Martin Harley Band, who have played every festival since its inception in 2007 have spent the summer performing at some of the major UK festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival and have a good local fan base in Barbados. At last year’s event another great musical partnership was formed between blues guitarist Tony Roberts from Florida and Martin Harley joined Tony on tour around Florida earlier this year. Tony Roberts will also be back this year to play some cool blues and folk during the festival.

This year there will be also be a performance from the UK’s JazzSteppa, who are known as the first to play live dub step with acoustic instruments.

Charlie Simpson, former front man of 'Busted' and more recently "Fightstar"

Also in from the UK are Newrising, an amazingly talented indie band who have also spent the summer playing UK festivals such as Bestival and were a firm festival favourite from last year’s event.

There will also be another wonderful collaboration from The Moo, the Muscle and the Clam, who have all played at previous festivals at Surfer’s Bay and now come back together again from Ireland, Canada and Barbados.

Upcoming artists locally this year include Alex Mills, who has been working on more original material and who received rave reviews in the UK press after his debut at last year’s festival.

And from neighbouring Trinidad there will be a performance from Jointpop, who also received great acclaim in the UK press after last year’s festival, which has resulted in their current UK tour.

Steve Campbell, co-organiser of the event said, “This year we have some returning favourites but also a lot of new faces to the line up, we really try hard to use this event as a show case for local talent as well as already established artists from the UK.”

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