Caribbean island of Nevis to host Blues Festival on the beach
Following the success of this year's festival, St Kitts and Nevis in the eastern Caribbean has announced that it will host the second Nevis Blues Festival next 14-16th April 2016, showcasing the best blues talent from around the world in the idyllic setting of Nevis' Oualie Bay beach.
The two-island Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis will host a blues festival next 14-16th April with a line-up of international award-winning musicians performing beside Nevis' Oualie Bay.
The three-day Nevis Blues Festival 2016 will see artists such as British blues star Ian Siegal and Nevisian Denise Gordon take to the stage at sunset, with music continuing well into the early hours.
Embracing all the off-shoots of blues including soul, jazz, gospel and rock, the festival line-up is diverse, with most artists hailing from the UK or America. Highlights this year will include acclaimed Irish blues rocker Simon McBride with more artists expected to be announced shortly.
The festival's open-air stage and bars are positioned alongside the white sandy beach of Oualie Bay that faces onto the Caribbean Sea. The festival has a relatively small capacity of 1,000 people, giving it both an intimate and enjoyable atmosphere with everything you need – snacks, drinks and bathroom facilities – close to hand.
Festival-goers can choose to stay at the nearby Oualie Bay beach resort for direct access to the action, though most of the island's 400 hotel rooms are no more than a few miles from the venue. Accommodation on the island includes historic sugar plantation houses set on the beach and tropical garden cottages with panoramic views. There are also villas available to rent on the hillside above Oualie Bay.
With festival shows scheduled between 7pm until around 2am, during the day visitors can take advantage of Nevis' tropical beauty with a range of activities from scuba-diving, sailing and fishing to nature treks, horse rides or simply sunbathing on the beach.
The announcement of next year's event comes after the success of the festival's debut in 2015, which attracted a large crowd of music lovers to Nevis, the smallest of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands. A three-day ticket to the Nevis Blues Festival costs £80.
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