JIS News

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is promising a “rock star” atmosphere at this year’s Festival Song Competition finals scheduled for July 30 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston.
Speaking at a Think Tank session held on July 28, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Kingston headquarters, Coordinator for the competition, David Reid, said that patrons would definitely get their money’s worth.
“We’ll have a pre-show party led by Swatch International. The show itself will be filled with high technology and many surprises… you are going to believe that you are in a rock concert,” he said.
The show will get underway at 7:00 p.m. and arrangements have been made for possible crowd overflow. “We have done our assessment and we have two mega screens that we will be putting up to accommodate the overflow outside of the stands. So persons who come and can’t get into the stands will enjoy the show by watching it on the screens in a real party atmosphere,” Mr. Reid said.
Meanwhile, the Festival Song Coordinator told JIS News that the 10 songs, vying for lucrative prize money, as well as the 2010 Festival Song title, are of high quality and have been vetted by a panel of experienced and expert judges, who are satisfied that the lyrics and melody are original and impactful.
“We have singers and songwriters from across the island and overseas whose songs have the ability to reach a wide cross section of the Jamaica population,” he boasted.
Since June 19, the finalists have been on promotional drives across the island, as well as working with top directors and producers on a Jamaica Festival Song Album. They are expected to make appearances until the grand finals on July 30.
“We have been promoting the competition with the finalists. They have been involved in a series of road shows, they performed at the RJR Jamaica St.Leger Race Day at Caymanas Track, the Sumfest Beach Party and Little Ochi Seafood Carnival. They will perform at the Claro lunch hour concert on July 29 and the Bank of Jamaica lunch hour concert on July 30 ahead of the finals that same night,” the Festival Song Coordinator informed.
This year’s winner will receive $1 million courtesy of the main sponsor, Claro, and a 2010 Nissan Tiida from Fidelity Motors, in what is the most lucrative prize package in the history of the competition.
All 10 song writers will also receive $100,000 in cash from the CHASE Fund. Other sponsors include Real Vibes Party Wine, Excelsior, Ting, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, the KSAC and the Jamaica Information Service.
Mr. Reid is urging Jamaicans to support this year’s competition, which is being held under the theme: ‘True Jamaican Patriot’.
Tickets are available at all JCDC offices island wide, Music Mart in the Twin Gates Plaza, and at the Portmore Mall Pharmacy. VIP tickets, which will only be available pre-sold, will cost $1000, while regular adult tickets will cost $700 pre-sold, and $800 at the gate. Children’s tickets cost $300.

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