Chewstick To Host Concert Instead Of BeachFest

July 9, 2015

The annual BeachFest celebration at Horseshoe Bay will not be taking place this year due to what Chewstick said were “circumstances beyond” their control, however Chewstick will be hosting an Emancipation Celebration Concert  at No.1 Car Park on  July 30th, featuring a line up of artists including international reggae star Wayne Wonder.

The group said, “The Chewstick Foundation is committed to bringing people together from a variety of backgrounds, in celebration of the historic liberation of Bermuda’s enslaved African descendants.

“To that end, The Chewstick Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Emancipation Celebration Concert will be taking place this year at No.1 Car Park, Thursday, July 30th 2015, 9pm-2am.

“The Emancipation Concert will feature international reggae star Wayne Wonder backed by the Ruff Kut Band, Tanya Stephens, Bermudian reggae artist Mishka and emerging international hip hop star Alex Wiley, alongside local artists Hannah Eggen, Gianluca Gibbons [HTG], Haz the Human, D.I.A. Band and more.

“This event is a fundraiser for the Chewstick Foundation’s ongoing Capital Campaign to help bring the Chewstick Culture Hub to reality.

Some of the scene during the 2012 Beachfest celebration:

“Concert attendees will be treated to an exciting lineup which boasts the return of Wayne Wonder, most popular for his worldwide superhits “No Letting Go” and “Bounce Along”, alongside Tanya Stephens, singer of “It’s A Pity”, “You Nuh Ready For Dis Yet” and “These Streets”.

“The Chewstick Foundation is also excited to welcome Bermudian reggae star, and brother of singer-songwriter Heather Nova, Mishka back home and to the stage. Mishka will be backed by fellow international Bermudian artist and band-leader Gianluca Gibbons with his California based band HTG, who will also back Bermudian Wyclef protégé Hannah E.

“This concert will also introduce rising Chicago hip hop star Alex Wiley, a regular Chance The Rapper collaborator, boasting recent songs, “Take Off” and “Know Normal” before his own show taking place at the Chewstick Culture Hub on Saturday, August 1st.

“Chewstick stalwarts, D.I.A., who took the island and Heroes Weekend stage by storm this summer with their hit soca tune ‘Crossfit’ will bless the stage, as well as local hip hop phenom Haz The Human.

“The annual BeachFest Emancipation Celebration, typical host of this concert, will not be taking place this year due to circumstances beyond the Chewstick Foundation’s control, preventing them from returning to Horseshoe Bay for what would have been the 10th Anniversary of the world renowned BeachFest Emancipation Celebration.

“The Chewstick Foundation hopes to return to Horseshoe Bay once measures to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the beach are prioritised by key stakeholders and when effective communication and integration of the combined efforts of crucial agencies is assured.

“Although The Chewstick Foundation, organizers of the annual Beachfest Emancipation Celebration will not be producing the event this year, they would like to encourage beach goers to be conscientious of their consumption of alcohol and treatment of the beach.

Wayne Wonder’s hit song “No Letting Go”

“As members of the Green Cooperative they’d like to reiterate the findings of their 2014 waste audit, which showed that excessive trash and debris is brought and left, making a very sad sight at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

“The Emancipation Concert, taking place at No.1 Car Park in Hamilton, will open at 9pm for a 10pm sharp showtime. General Tickets are $60 with VIP tickets being $100 and are available online at www.ptix.bm, or from 27th Century, AF Smith, Rock Island Coffee and Chewstick [81 Front Street].

“If you’d like to find out more information on how you can volunteer or participate or how your business can be involved or sponsor the Emancipation Concert please contact The Chewstick Foundation at info@chewstick.org.

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  1. Shameless says:

    See you all at Horseshoe!

    • Here we are celebrating a group of people who worked free for hundreds of years and during the celebration we’re paying out of our @$$ to be entertained.

      • Entitled Much? says:

        So someone else should pay for you to be entertained?

        • No, People need to reflect on the significance of the Holiday instead of running around trying to find an outfit and spending money that they can use for priority.
          The Cup Match Holiday has become too commercialized and pricey just like Christmas, Easter and all the other Pagan Holidays.

          • Micro says:

            Amen, almost nothing is done to recognize the true significance of the day.

          • hmmm says:

            If you were genuine, then surely you wouldn’t have called it “The Cup Match Holiday”

            Just posting to divide people again aren’t you Onion juice.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Your helping raise funds for an organization that is trying to raise cultural awareness in Bermuda and help all our cultural arts community. Thank you Chewstick, good luck, it sounds like it should be a success. With it in town, hopefully people Will be more responsible about their trash, as that was always the downside to your event at Horseshoe.

        • frank says:

          Chewstick concert why are we always have to have reggae shoved down are throats
          This is bermuda not Jamaica
          We have a 24 hour radio station and another station plays reggae all day on Tuesday
          That same station plays about 30 hours of reggae a week.
          Another station plays reggae at least 15 hours a week.

          Maybe next year we could have a nice r and. B group or some smooth jazz

  2. BigCHOON says:

    WICKED!

  3. ForPetesSakes says:

    @Onion Juice.

    Just stay your backside home. That’s all Stay Home. For FREE!!!!

  4. its a shame says:

    I think its a shame that Beachfest is cancelled as tour new tourism industry develops we need events like this.

    • PBanks says:

      Was Beachfest considered a tourism draw, though? Always had it pegged as a local, community-driven event. Besides, Cup Match weekend of itself is a big enough draw that visitors should have more than a couple of options of activities.

    • Bermudian says:

      Beachfest will go on with or without Chewstick as everyone will still be showing up to Horseshoe just like the year Chewstick decided to “move beachfest” to Snorkel and no one showed up- its no longer their event- its now Bermuda’s people event

  5. mixitup says:

    This just means I take my own music..

    • hmmm says:

      Great idea, we can use it at the end of the night to clear the beach of people.

  6. Crazy says:

    I just find it funny that chewstick thinks we come to the beach for them!! We were going to the beach before them and we will go to the beach after they gone.

    • Terry says:

      MONEY.

    • My2cents says:

      They just tried to take over but it failed. Horseshoe has always been the place for years. Its all about $$$$.

  7. Tradition says:

    Beach Fest is a Bermuda tradition… no body goes to beach fest for chewstick if anything we hate it because they take up half the beach. I’ll see everyone else there with their tents and own music ;)

    No one will have the energy for this concert after Beach Fest anyway…

    • J says:

      hahahaha… soooo true.

    • Summer Breeze says:

      Lets be real all Chewstick did was try and make rules like you can’t bring your own bottles or bbq to their event.. mug. See everyone there

  8. N / A says:

    I’m confused, do Chewstick think that people aren’t going to go Horseshoe Bay now that they have decided not to be there?? They must think quite highly of themselves. See erybody else Horseshoe..

  9. Bermy Realist says:

    Yea, we have our own Beachfest at Horseshoe Bay! We Bermudian and thats how we do on the first day of Cupmatch and thats whats up! Too bad for you Chewstick, but me and mines is good! Love Bda and Love Cupmatch!

  10. Zen says:

    Parks does most of the work from parking to clean up even at the kite fest and not to forget sometimes a cleaning company is hired also chews tick is not a culture or tradition it is a ummm “charity”

  11. festival says:

    Horseshoe Bay was drawing less crowds until Beachfest came on the scene. The name and brand of Beachfest was created by Chewstick. They brought energy and excitement again. They had security and picked up the trash. So its back to your Parks.

    • Zen says:

      They?? Bermuda’s public pures paid for the event pseudo charities like them and movies in the park all out of the public purse the main financial sponsors

    • My2cents says:

      But Chewstick was the opportunist in taken advantage of a ready made crowd. They just set up the stage and some other activities. The people were always there.

  12. Warwickboy says:

    We have been going to horseshoe bay before chewsticks beachfest and will be going after that…why do they think they make the celebration we proved them wrong when they decided to move it to snorkel park. Just pack it up and leave a Bermudian tradition to what it has always been. They will not be a miss there.

  13. Boom bye bye says:

    That car park needs a new name.

  14. Boom bye bye says:

    He’s been here before. There so many reggae artists who haven’t been here they should have looked into them.

  15. Ruthless says:

    Security? Was I the only one at Horseshoe Bay last summer when the girls were fighting and the guy got cut up with a bottle when a certain gang started fighting? The Police had to come running to the middle of the beach to break it up! People were drinking crazy and walking around like they were zombies. Others were smoking weed without a care for anyone else. The amount of bottles broken up and laying all over the beach was ridiculous. It was great that there were people to pick them up but the fact that they were left all over the ground was pathetic!

    • Watcher says:

      From what I’ve heard you may see some significant changes to what goes on at the beach this year due to the fights and behavior you’re speaking of.

  16. Horseshoe says:

    See Errrrryywwuuunnnnn at Deee Beeeeeeeeaaaacchhhhhhh !

  17. Legalgal says:

    Unrelated to Beachfest, but is Chewstick’s Front St. Place opened yet?

  18. Unbelievable says:

    This comes up every year. No one is forcing anyone to go the concert but Chewstick does provide a valuable service to the community by providing a safe place for people to perform at. All walk of life appear on its stage. Instead of cutting them down, go by there and talk to the people that run it.

    What bothers me the most about the backlash that Chewstick unfortunately gets is that the first day of Cup Match is meant to commemorate emancipation which we have all forgotten about. And that is what Chewstick does on the first day of Cup Match. It actually does what you are meant to be doing on the Thursday of Cup Match. Instead we go to the beach and get obliterated on alcohol and then vomit in the trees. Real nice.

    Chewstick, too bad it’s not going to be ideal this year but continue the good fight.

  19. Unbelievable says:

    This comes up every year! No one is forcing anyone to go the concert but Chewstick does provide a valuable service to the community by providing a safe place for people to perform at. All walk of life appear on its stage. Instead of cutting them down, go by there and talk to the people that run it.

    What bothers me the most about the backlash that Chewstick unfortunately gets is that the first day of Cup Match is meant to commemorate emancipation which we have all forgotten about. And that is what Chewstick does on the first day of Cup Match. It actually does what you are meant to be doing on the Thursday of Cup Match. Instead we go to the beach and get obliterated on alcohol and then vomit in the trees. Real nice.

    Chewstick, too bad it’s not going to be ideal this year but continue the good fight.

    • john silvester says:

      No they dont.
      They are lost but think they are in touch.

  20. john silvester says:

    They are a not for profit yet take huge risks. Responsible not for profits don’t do this. They will lose money. So much for raising money for the arts. The last time they brought, a washed up Wayne Wonder they took licks. The youngsters will go to Horshoe like they did 2 years ago and Chewstick massivec (all 159) will wonder what wemt wrong.

    Just plain dumb.

    Great fundraiser for the arts….Not!!!!!!!

    Who guides and advises them?

    I can’t imagine they are that lost!