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UPDATE: VI Music Festival 2014 given the axe!

-organisers blame lack of support from the NDP Administration
Coordinators of the popular Music Festival have announced their worse fear, that there will be no music festival in the customary and traditional style this year. Photo: VINO/File
For Music Fest 2014, Mr Skelton said that they are planning to feature most if not all of the international artistes that would have graced their stage over the past thirteen years. Photo: VINO/File
For Music Fest 2014, Mr Skelton said that they are planning to feature most if not all of the international artistes that would have graced their stage over the past thirteen years. Photo: VINO/File
Director of Music Fest Mr Rhodni A. Skelton said that businesses and people of CGB rely heavily on the business they get from the staging of Music Festival especially since it is a very slow season at that time. Photo: VINO/File
Director of Music Fest Mr Rhodni A. Skelton said that businesses and people of CGB rely heavily on the business they get from the staging of Music Festival especially since it is a very slow season at that time. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Rhodni A. Skelton said that Government dollars are key to the execution of the Music Festival 2014 but notes other sponsorship crucial. Photo: VINO
Mr Rhodni A. Skelton said that Government dollars are key to the execution of the Music Festival 2014 but notes other sponsorship crucial. Photo: VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – Coordinators of the popular Music Festival have announced their worse fear, that there will be no music festival in the customary and traditional style this year. This was announced moments ago via a press release which outlined that the event is being rebranded and will come off in 2015.

“The BVI Music Festival committee has made the tough decision of postponing the 14th Annual BVI Music Festival, in the traditional sense, and will be re-building and re-branding the event in preparation for 2015,” Rhodni A. Skelton, Executive Producer said in the release.

Mr Skelton that the decision was a tough but unavoidable one following several rounds of meetings with the Cane Garden Bay Community, the Premier and other Sponsors. “While we know that everyone, including the committee loves CGB because of its beauty, the great restaurants, bars and hotel amenities there, and the warm and friendly people from that area…financially, it has become unrealistic,” he said.

Earlier this year Mr Skelton had told this news site that their worse fear was that they would have made this decision. He had indicated that they were keeping their fingers crossed in the hope that planned discussions with the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith would had landed them some commitment to assist in financing the event.

“Without significant financial support from the Government and other sponsors, the event, if continued at CGB, will continue to operate at a loss and cannot be sustainable. We are 100% convinced that the BVI as a whole recoups the revenue that the government has contributed by way of sponsorship over the years," stated the committee.

They said that after meeting with the Premier, who confirmed that this Government would not be contributing any major financial sponsorship to the event, permission was granted for the use of Brandywine Bay by the Premier and the Minister of Natural Resources & Labour. “We have also considered other alternate locations, such as Nanny Cay (where the event was not welcomed),” they said in the release.

The committee said that their intention would be to continue to promote CGB as the place to be during the day, but have evening performances take place on the beach but one that has more of a controlled environment.

“We feel that this would afford the best of all worlds. CGB would still be a major hotspot during the Memorial Day Weekend and allows for our visitors to enjoy the beach, and simultaneously, they can enjoy the great performances they have become used to, also on a beach, but the event would be better positioned to sustain itself.

“It would be remiss of the Committee not to point out that this is not a private event! In no way was this event a private one, but rather a public one that is simply organized by private volunteers. No committee member receives payment or compensation for their tireless efforts,” the committee said.

The release said that due the government having a wide array of other financial obligations, it could not put any funding into the event. “It must be pointed out that every other Caribbean country’s Music Festival is funded mainly by the respective government,” said the release.

“With that being said we would like to thank all of our past sponsors from year 2000 to the present. We specifically want to thank our sponsors from over the past 3 years (BVI Government, BVI Tourist Board, Frontline Systems, Digicel, Vanterpool’s Enterprises, Mr. Allan Parker, the entire CGB community and businesses and much much more). We are truly grateful for all of your confidence and support,” the release said.

It said that the committee will however still be having activities and fundraisers leading up to, and during, this Memorial Day weekend. “We will be holding dance parties and beach fetes on that weekend all in an effort to raise funds towards the 2015 event, where we will be bringing in artistes from previous years to assist with our fundraising efforts. We will not let this weekend go in vain and do have a weekend of music, dancing and parties planned.”

According to the release, the committee, although not finalized as yet, will be looking at bringing the likes of I-Octane, J-Capri, Ritical, Spice, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, etc. to perform on the Friday night at a redesigned Paragon night club.

“We will be working tirelessly from now until Memorial Day 2015 to raise the funds necessary to bring you the grandest BVI Music Festival (to be known as “The Reunion”) ever,” the release said.

“Please also be sure to support our fundraising efforts so that in 2015 we can easily bring you artistes such as LL Cool J, R. Kelly, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Marshall Montano, Kassav, etc. These are the types of quality artistes who we will be looking to bring you in 2015 which is the 15th Anniversary of the event. 2015 will be massive!” the release said.

See previous story published February 26, 2014:

UPDATE: No Music Festival bad for business in CGB – Rhodni A. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In pondering and praying that things go in the favor to allow the staging of Music Festival 2014, Promoter Mr Rhodni A. Skelton is of the opinion that its absence would be a hard and unfair blow to the Cane Garden Bay (CGB) community.

“You know that this event is great for Cane Garden Bay. I have spoken to a lot of the business owners down there and their hotels are already full,” he said.

“It definitely would be a travesty if we don’t have the event but this clearly now becomes a private event. That would be a big travesty if the event would have to move out of Cane Garden Bay…,” he stated.

He further stated that the businesses and people of CGB rely heavily on the business they get from the staging of Music Festival especially since things are very slow at that time. “They are going to feel the pinch on that weekend if we don’t have that event.”

Mr Skelton said that they are planning to feature most if not all of the international artistes that would have graced their stage over the past thirteen years. They have made provisions on their Facebook page for persons to vote on the artistes of their choice for the Music fest for 2014 themed, “The Reunion”.  “However for 2015, whether or not we have an event in 2014, we are going big. I have some really big artists on my horizon that would require major sponsorship but I know when we announce the artists for 2015 people are going to be excited about it,” assured Mr Skelton.

See previous story published February 25, 2014:

Is Music Fest 2014 in limbo?

- Promoter Mr Rhodni A. Skelton appealing for govt. funding

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A date is tentative but the coordinators of the BVI Annual Music Festival seem to be in limbo as according to one of the key players Mr Rhodni A. Skelton the execution of the event depends on major sponsorship including that of the Government of the Virgin Islands.

Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online today February 25, 2014 Mr Skelton said that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith had indicated in 2013 that the government would not have been able to assist in the funding of the event this year.

“We understand where the government stands right now in terms of the way finances are going. The Premier indicated last year that because of the projects they have going on this year that he would be able to give zero dollars to the Music Festival,” said Mr Skelton.

Music Festival 2014 is now fully a private event with partners including Mr Skelton, Mr Neville Smith, Ms Jennifer O’Neal and Mr Neil Cline. “Now that’s a lot of money you are talking about. It’s going to be very difficult for us to underwrite the music festival on our own,” Skelton said.

However Mr Skelton said that he and his team will within the coming two week be pursuing the government nonetheless to see if the can get at least a fraction of what they got from government last year. “…this would cost us $200,000-$300,000 so we are definitely going to need to have some more support from the government.”

He said that they are sincerely hoping that the Premier and his Cabinet would seriously re-look the decision not to sponsor the event this year. “As it stands right now we are still trying to get a major sponsor on board but it would be a travesty if that event had to move out of Cane Garden Bay,” insisted Mr Skelton.

Mr Skelton’s greatest fear is if they are not able to pull off the event for the first time in the event’s 14 year run. “That would be a big, big travesty… so we are going to just wait to hear what the Premier and his Cabinet are going to come back with.”

Skelton said that they are hoping that the government would be in a position to give, “even just a little seed money” for the event. In 2012 and 2013 the local government had plugged some $150,000 towards the execution of the event. “This year we have asked for at least seventy five thousand dollars ($75,000) just so we can book some artists.”

Considering the financial and other constraints Mr Skelton said that they are currently considering cutting out the day-three which is usually the Sunday. “So we would just leave the Sunday solely for poker run…So we may just do two days,” Mr Skelton told Virgin Islands News Online.

The date is tentatively Memorial Weekend May 24- 26 and according to Mr Skelton they are still in the planning mode talking with several potential sponsors. 

68 Responses to “UPDATE: VI Music Festival 2014 given the axe!”

  • rattie (25/02/2014, 13:26) Like (14) Dislike (21) Reply
    Ha ha if the lying ndp say they paid off all bills then they should have $$$$! Too much double talk from the ndp
    • question (26/02/2014, 12:43) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI Music Fest. has been around for about 14yrs is it? When will it be able to moderately sustain itself, i assumed that it makes it money. Where are the financial reports associated with the festival?
      • Guest (27/02/2014, 16:22) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
        It cannot sustain itself when most of who attend, especially our own locals, refuse to pay the very small entry fee to go in. They prefer to go to CGB from early, or say they're going by a friend, just so they don't have to pay. We all know the beach is open to the that location, the even can never be self-sustaining. In regards to the financials, they have been done and submitted to Government within 1 month of the event, every year that this group has been involved.
    • Juanita (03/04/2014, 15:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      1) Cane Garden Bay is Tired already and when it rains you cannot get up the hill or down for that matter.
      2) Brandy wine beach has too much sea weed all the way up to the beach, might step on anything there.
      3) Nanny Cay didn't want us, but who wanted Nanny Cay anyway, they always got their private stuff no locals
      4) There is Long Bay beach East End, Josiah's Bay, both on the flat easy to access.
      5) They should have the music fest on different beaches sometimes.
      6 See you all next year.
  • Well.. (25/02/2014, 13:32) Like (125) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rhodni you are good people but let's cut to the chase here. We love to compare BVI fest to SK Music Fest and others but that's utter rubbish. The other Countries where Government fully support their Music Fest, they're better organized and held at a proper venue where proper revenue streams can be realized and it's usually more organized and thought out. Government should not be supporting a beach party on that scale and to me, that's what the CGBay fest has become. A little beach fest that benefits a few (directly) and they simply expect Government to put $200K. Then when it's time to account for the monies, nobody want to do so. Enough is enough man. CGBay can have a Beach Fest on that weekend with local entertainment and other stuff going on. It would be GREAT! IF you want to have a 'real' music fest, you need a venue where you can charge and recoup the funds spent on good International Artists. That's just being real son.+
    • don (25/02/2014, 14:07) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      tru that
    • do (26/02/2014, 11:17) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      Than you, i agree 1000%, Dominica has their WCMF world creole music festival, its three nights, a season ticket is usd$130 and it keeps going up every year, all the other Caribbean countries have their fest in proper venues where they can collect some of those monies spent on those expensive artist, this is a free for all, too long now this is happening, i agree with government, things are tight, don't put in any money unless these people get their act together, not having music fest not going to change one thing, that 200,000 could do something worthwhile instead of putting it towards a big beach party, nonsense.
  • ooooo (25/02/2014, 13:39) Like (5) Dislike (67) Reply
    ndp killed everything that they met running smoothly
  • Music (25/02/2014, 14:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So is there something in the governments budget for it? If not, sorry......
  • Lee (25/02/2014, 14:05) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why every year music fest committee members are depending on the Government to fund music fest? It is said that there are several ways to skin a cat. If Rodney is the right man for the job, he should have known that at the close of last years’ music fest, he and his committee members should having been planning for this year’s event by raising funds instead of depending on the government. There are several events that could have been held, example beach jam, walker-a-thorn, three course dinner at one of the restaurants, social night where committee members can cook and sell to raise funds, raffles, just to name a few. Committee members should use their initiatives and great minds to fund their own events, and stop depending on the government to fund every event that is taking place in the BVI.
    • LBMO (25/02/2014, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
      Because the event is not their. They are only volunteers. they don't get paid for all the stress of such an event. No gas money, no money for cell phone bills, nothing.
      • Get Real (25/02/2014, 23:21) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
        Who they think they fooling about no Pay Neville Smith is not paid for his stage and sound system? Rodney Skelton is not paid? When he takes off or is doing music fest money does sharon put a stop to his paycheck at Tourist Board??? If they want to do volunteer work go help out at the old folks home. Them old people will tell you a thing or two about life and lies!
        • Guest (27/02/2014, 16:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
          While Frontline Systems is paid for the stage, lights, and sound, Neville Smith has never been paid. As a matter of fact, for last year's event, he was a major sponsor, putting in over $40k. Again, these individuals have never been paid and have been volunteering their time to pull this event off, as challenging as it has been, over the last few years. Maybe we should all be more supportive instead of being so quick to criticize those who actually step up to do something for the BVI. As a suggestion, let's pull together to keep this event going; contact any of the individuals on the committee and offer to volunteer or help with fundraisers or help get other private sponsors. Every $ counts and time is running out.
          • east (03/04/2014, 15:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
            You really think they aint getin paid so if gov put in so much money and the sponsors put in the rest where is the gate money the bar money where?
      • Pooh bear (26/02/2014, 19:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        You have to pay to get to the beach, who collects the monies and where or to whom does it goes to?
  • wondering (25/02/2014, 14:39) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    When did this become a 'private' event again? And what happened to fundraising since the last one was over? I never heard of these people trying to raise funds in any way for the fest. Maybe that's why the Government doesn't care too much about it? They see no real effort just hands out every year? Come on guys. Same applies for August Festival. Get out there and raise some funds on your own, the nipple sucking days done.
    • Eh? (25/02/2014, 15:34) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree with you until your last set of words "the nipple sucking days done."

      Done for who??? Not for some of you who continue to thief the money from the cookie jar.

      Government have a mandate to find ways to inject capital into the economy so by all rights they should support venture like these. As long as the entity can show accountability for their spending well it should NOT be a problem.

      The mismanagement of the public funds is a serious problem and it is sad to see where a project that can benefit many gets the other side of the face but yet there are millions to go in other projects that is NOT needed much less accounted for.

      • Well.. (25/02/2014, 20:48) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
        Support is one thing, but who the hell are they to DEMAND $200K? The Government should give them $50K and let them make that do. The assistance is not the problem, but you don't come to Govt with your hand out and then demanding how much they should give. That's bullshit and you know it!
  • Tax Payer (25/02/2014, 14:58) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    If government gives one dime to this committee the bacchanal will start. If the music fest is non functional done with it. Stop depending on people hard earned taxes to put outsiders on a stage . Locals hardly reaping the benefits from this music fest!
  • LMBO (25/02/2014, 15:07) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Again, these people are volunteers! THis is not something Sheep dem make money from. THey are doing it for love of BVI. SOme of we here need to go volunteer and help them out. THis thing benefits the country.

    They have always had a great productions and the event well organized. it isn't SHeep and SKelton them fault. THe only problem i see is that the lineups don't come out early. If the government have to put in some money to get the event off the ground every year then I am fine with that. It benefits the entire place.
  • Rags (25/02/2014, 15:18) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    He did a great job with the Lobster Fest. I would like to see him given a real shot to pull this off. the government needs to support the event. This is for the whole place not just cgb. Cars get rented, the hotels full, the marinas full of boats, etc. Normally the place is dead during that weekend. I don't hear you all kicking up when the government has been sponsoring a bunch of "white" events every year. HIHO, Spring Regatta, Scrub Island and all kinds of kiteboarding and stuff. You don't hear nothing about that but the government pumps money into those. but one of our own sons of the soil, working his rear off for free, and you all don't support his efforts. Slavery still exists..mentally!
    • Progress (28/02/2014, 08:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      HE didn't do a great job with the Lobster Fest. The TOURIST BOARD STAFF did a great job with the Lobster Fest. Of Course, the small man show up at the last minute for the media and everybody give him the credit but who knows knows....It is sad that he never even stopped his photo ops to give the staff the credit they deserve....IT TAKES A REAL MAN TO DO DAT.

      Bunch a noise and no action behind it...just blah!blah!blah!
  • bird watch (25/02/2014, 15:58) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    After 14 years it died under the ndp government
    • @ bird watch (25/02/2014, 17:01) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      It died years ago and VIP was still in power. Ask Ralph and Pops. Now it is a private venture and they still want Government to fund it and come in the media at the 11th hour to try and pressure the Government to give them money. I hope Her Majesty's Loyal Government of the Virgin Islands don't give them a red cent. This is like Terry Donovan Fashion Show. Government gets nothing but is expected to keep giving. Let them use their assets and borrow the funds or just don't have it at all. Sickening now. This dude is a scamp yo. Media tricks all over the place!!!4 of them should be able to come up with $75K to book artists and move it to a location where they can collect proper revenue. If they listened to Frank years ago no one would be asking for financial help.
      • Reply (26/02/2014, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with you this is poor management. Why the promoters talking about going to government for money at this last minute. This is crazy you can't be organizing such an expensive event and acting so casual. Waiting last minute will inflate the cost of the event. I think they should have a few local artist and plan properly for next year.
  • ... (25/02/2014, 17:07) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Please, if you cant get the respected funding drop music fest. DO NOT want a repeat of last years. It was awful.
  • Goes around comes around (25/02/2014, 18:22) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    This fest was the brain child of frank mahoney and he was forced out and it was taken from him. Since then it has gone down hill. What start bad has to end bad B.V.I is in trouble.
  • onlooker (25/02/2014, 19:07) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    The only reason we looking at this as a failure is because we as ppl failing each other. We look at ppl trying to do something n we find every negative aspect of it.Our society so small that we train ppl to think negative of an event that benefits the whole country. When we as a ppl can think n support each other this place can blossom but with 90%negative thoughts we c in these blogs everyday no wonder nothing good happens
  • JVD (25/02/2014, 19:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Just saying (25/02/2014, 20:02) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    forget about the foreign artiste and use our own local talent....
  • Off Topic (25/02/2014, 20:48) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
    Lawd Rhodni is one sexy man
    • U Like Man (25/02/2014, 22:36) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      Look where you gone now with you gay talk? I know you are a man acting the roll of a woman. This gay thing gone over board now man. Gheeee!
  • Hmm (26/02/2014, 00:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    Where was the press release on BVI Music Fest going private?

    They in denial about the state of the economy.

    This thing just need to be left alone ... the 60th Celebration is enough for BVI ... it carries more importance to the country and most companies would invest there rather than this dysfunctional crap of an event
  • UK student (26/02/2014, 05:54) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Suggestion take s break this year an revamp, restructure and research and then being rejuvenated implement your findings next year.
  • jump (26/02/2014, 07:47) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    tis dam NDP gang could find 1 million for a wine festival but not a dime for music festival..NDP must GO!
  • Oh My (26/02/2014, 08:29) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Frank did it for years free admission with better artists. It didnt die with ndp. It died when they took it from Frank.
  • big up to ndp (26/02/2014, 08:36) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    This committee had a whole year to look for sponsors do fundraiser and whats not to raise funds to help put on the music fest. However they waited three months before the event to look to the government to foot the bill. If the wanted to government to foot the bill maybe it should be turned over to one of the ministries so that a budget can be allocated for such event....
  • CGB BOY (26/02/2014, 08:53) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    We could do without the Music Fest This Year. Plan properly and properly account for how the money is being spent and taken then we will consider it. CGB will be alright for this year.
  • Poker Run 2014 (26/02/2014, 09:10) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    BVI Poker Run is on schedule, the BVI would be crowded as ever. Tell our visitors
    come see the whole country in one day join the poker run. Them dont need a dime
    from Government.
  • wake up (26/02/2014, 09:55) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Music Festival should take care of its own business. The government is not responsible for that event. So was there any money left from last year? Where is the money going? I believe the committee should have been raising their own funds. Stop acting like spoil children and waiting for the government to bail this event out. Work for what you want then you will appreciate it more. Start raising funds from now so you would not have to wait for a handout. Wake up people!!!!!!!!!!
  • What? (26/02/2014, 10:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    And I quote "ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In pondering and praying that things go in the favor to allow the staging of Music Festival 2014, Promoter Mr Rhodni A. Skelton is of the opinion that its absence would be a hard and unfair blow to the Cane Garden Bay (CGB) community. "

    I aske the question praying to who Not God in heaven. must be man
  • bam see (26/02/2014, 14:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the best music i hear the NDP play for the 2 years plus them in. They stop wasting tax payers money on crap and start thinking about the country in fixing it up. eg the roads from East to West, save some money in the kitty for a rainey day.
  • smdh (26/02/2014, 16:51) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    They too harden. It was suggested last yr that they cancelled that show, save whatever funds they had & put everything towards this yr seeing as how this is the 60th for festival. But noooo they still plunged ahead & look what spent, fest flop. It was an absolute waste last yr but they can't see that. All I see about this fest is putting money in 1 set of ppl hands & that's the CGB community that's it. This fest doesn't support the island on a whole just one set of ppl all the time & it seems they will go hell & highwater to pull this off just to pls the masses. Since last yr exactly what sort of fund raising events have been held to go towards the fest? Nah they sit on they asses then in order to save face they run to gov for help...seriously? Imagine gov done begging donation to outfit the hospital & these ppl looking handout to fund a function that clearly going down the drain. Yall clowns need to get it together & cut the sh!t
  • SHAME (26/02/2014, 21:31) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Everything that guy touches turns to dust
  • Jus a taut (27/02/2014, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    Did u guys ever consider asking the gentleman Mr. Banson at Necker Island for some assistance. I would believe that he would be greatful to help
  • jim boy (03/04/2014, 13:42) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    i agree with government, too much dam money spending on this music fest thing, it is time they setup this thing that they make some real profit and sustained them self, all the other Caribbean countries has they fest, $200 and more per night, and all these people depend on is government, enough is enough, wouldn't bother me a bit because i never attend anyway.
  • Just saying (03/04/2014, 14:27) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    So this government can spend $100k + in bailing out their friends for the failed Tropical Shootout which no one wanted or attended but can't support something that people actually attend. Funny!! But not laughable.
  • Planet........ (03/04/2014, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Waste of Public Funds......use that money esle the Futher Music Fest needs to go raise it's own else make a true afford
  • idea (03/04/2014, 14:50) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Give the thing back to Frank Mahoney and watch him break another record for fund raising in the BVI. The best of music fest was when it was run by Frank and his team.

    Shame to see what they did to this event. Wa happen to Pops big mouth???
  • alvin & the chipmunks (03/04/2014, 14:51) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    This government has got to go!!!!!!
  • pic (03/04/2014, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
  • cgb (03/04/2014, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lol lol lol Given the AXE lol
  • Proactive (03/04/2014, 15:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please let's not wait a month before next year's Music Fest to see if the government is willing to give us a cheque to cover costs for this event! You now have a whole year to plan, fundraise and execute a successful event!
  • True (03/04/2014, 16:15) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    A responsible government making the right decisions. After 14 years this should have been able to stand on its own. I didn't see the organisers doing any fundraising, they should have started that months ago.
    • wise up (03/04/2014, 18:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      i agree with you; after 14-year of hand-outs !!!!
      • our own (04/04/2014, 10:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        They have 30 years of handout to Spring Regatta but I don't hear any roar about that. Oh that is a white event so ok.
  • hummer (03/04/2014, 18:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    And come 2015 we will give the ndp the ax
  • wise up (03/04/2014, 18:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    after all of these years the music fest should be able to stand on its own 2 feet; how much longer should government keep pumping money in these events; i you see government as a business then money invested should make a profit BUT after all of these years how money have our government(your tax money) made in relation to the amount spent...yes !!!! i said i,t now you run go talk it
  • Art (03/04/2014, 20:10) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    This government has destroyed everything good in the bvi
  • yes (04/04/2014, 10:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wonder if the committee stats to make money if the same people here will find some other fault.
  • Keke (04/04/2014, 12:49) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Give the Music Fest back to Frank Mahoney. End of story. We never had a successful Music Fest after they pushed Frank out. After Frank, the subsequent Music Fests were shameful jokes.
  • Really (05/04/2014, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who says they didn't.

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