Blues on the Beach
Nevis Blues festival ran for three years, 2015-2017. In that time the festival played host to a wonderful array of American and British artists.
The magic of the festival was its intimacy and amazing location right on the beach. Nevis had not seen anything quite like it before. Yachts were moored in the bay while music lovers from neighboring St Kitts arrived by boat directly to the festival adjacent to Oualie Beach Resort. Sand between your toes gained a whole new meaning.
As with many of the best ideas in life, founders Richard Pavitt and John Yearwood devised the festival over a glass of wine, after rekindling a long lost friendship. The festival added to the island’s status internationally and made a sizeable contribution to the local economy. But after three years of trying to raise sufficient sponsorship to keep the festival going they decided to call it a day.
A TV documentary film Blues in Paradise recounts how the festival was created and has been broadcast as far afield as Hong Kong. Video highlights of each year can be seen in the gallery.
A big thank you goes out to all the artists who came to play at the festival, to all the festival goers, volunteers, sponsors, suppliers, the demon film crew from NTV, and especially the project team of Shari Greaves, Livi Liburd, Pierre Borg and Ethem Cetintas. It was fun while it lasted!