One of the key directives of Music & Beyond, the non-profit organisation behind the Pure Grenada Music Festival, is to assist in the development of musical talent in Grenada. This includes recognising talent, nurturing it, and providing the exposure and structure it needs to flourish.
Delivery of this mandate began in August 2015 with the launch of the “Get Ready for the Big Stage” project, which was a call to all bands and musicians within Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique to participate in a two-stage selection process for a chance to perform alongside some of the festival’s more internationally renowned artistes.
In the first phase, interested bands/musicians were asked to create and submit a short video of a live performance of their band doing an original song. In the second phase, all bands who submitted their raw video by deadline were invited to have their track recorded professionally.
Ten local bands participated in this project, giving live performances before a jury in October 2015. The five most promising bands selected to perform on the main stage (4 bands) and on the floating stage (1 band) were: Sabrina Francis, The Phoenix, Spice Rock, Jomo & Gylfi, and Soul Deep. All remaining bands will perform at the free mobile concerts being held in Gouyave and Grenville.
All of the Get Ready For the Big Stage performance videos are now being promoted on the festival’s social media. Want to see them? Watch the videos below!
Between the bands in this competition, and the wide range of backup singers and musicians who will perform on various nights, we are very proud that more than 100 local artistes will be involved in our 2016 festival.