BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Wednesday, July 7th, 2018 —Preparations for RISE: Powered by 98.1 The One featuring Machel Montano and Super Blue on July 31st at the Kensington Oval are moving full steam ahead, with the addition of recently crowned International Bashment Soca Monarch and reigning Party Monarch King, Lil Rick, and reigning Sweet Soca Monarch Red Plastic Bag to the line-up.
This from local producers Mastermind Creative Productions, who are joining forces with international promoter Jay Upscale Marketing and Promotions, with support from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. to bring one of the Caribbean’s biggest soca acts back to Barbados for this year’s Crop Over festival, as a stop on his worldwide Soca Kingdom Tour.
Mastermind Creative Productions, comprised of three local entertainment veterans, Alain Hinds, Kirk Brown and Lester Brathwaite , are no strangers to the business. The three have hefty resumes amongst them. Hinds has produced several successful events including the Naniki Music Festival, while Brathwaite has staged regional and international events in New York and Guyana. Kirk Brown is a household name in local entertainment. In addition to being an artiste, accomplished entrepreneur, DJ and actor, Brown also has the unique advantage of being the only radio personality with shows on four of the major radio stations during the Crop Over season.
“We are ready for an event of this magnitude; in fact we are eagerly looking forward to it,” Hinds said. “We have been fine tuning our strategy and our plans as it relates RISE and each of our skill sets will be brought to bear to create an extraordinary experience. It is our pleasure to bring Machel, Super Blue and the Best of Crop Over 2018 together on one stage for a splendid display of Caribbean unity through music.”
Brown echoed similar sentiments, noting that the event will be unparalleled in its delivery.
“We know Machel and the rest of the cast will deliver a fantastic show – of that there is no doubt. What we as the organisers are working on is ensuring that the event experience matches that high energy and class. Patrons will get the value they deserve from this production and we are really excited to see all that we have been working on for the people of Barbados and the Caribbean, unfold,” he said.
The team also mentioned that fans of the Caribbean superstar are already taking no chances and have stormed ticket box offices in anticipation of the show. Early bird tickets are already gone and ticket sales continue at a steady pace.
“We expect the trend to continue and encourage persons to get their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” Hinds stressed.
VIP tickets are also on sale for those who wish to capitalize on the experience. The package includes drinks, with a signature beer garden and cocktails bars, food and a special vantage point from which to take in all the action.
Several more artists are set to be named in the coming weeks. They will be joined by a full line-up of the island’s top deejays including Ras, DJ Indian and Chris Gayle, Dave Smooth and Bill Gates, Salt and Don, John Doe, and Alvin Toppin.