Guam’s first global music fest to be held June 6-7

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Guam

Guam’s first major international music fest is about to rock the island with a smorgasbord of sounds from around the world!

The Lotte Guam Live International Music Festival, sponsored by Guam Visitors Bureau and Lotte Duty Free, is bringing an all-star lineup to Paseo Stadium in Hagatna on June 6 and 7.

This two-day music festival features pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop and island music by such artists as  Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu and Izah Blue from the U.S., UK reggae sensation,  Steel Pulse,  and Guam’s own Pia Mia.

Top talent from the shores of Guam’s major visitor sources include Japan’s Home Made Kazoku, South Korea’s Brown Eyed Girls and NU’EST, Taiwan’s Popu Lady and Robynn & Kendy from Hong Kong.

The event is all part of a plan to give Guam more of the international recognition it deserves, providing travelers with just one more reason to add the island to their itineraries.

“Destinations around the world are hosting music festivals and drawing hundreds of thousands of attendees,” said Karl Pangelinan, Guam Visitors Bureau’s general manager. “Music brings people together and its events like these, brought to you by tourism dollars which continue to make Guam a great place to live, work and visit.”

In recent years, Hagatna has been revitalized, thanks to hotel occupancy tax dollars and organizers plan to capitalize on this by holding the concert there and by including nearby sites like Chamorro Village and Paseo Park in the overall event.

Paseo Stadium will open at 4 p.m. each day of the event. Other details – including the official calendar of performance times – are still in the works, and are expected to be available online and elsewhere soon.

Two-day passes sell for $80 and tickets for each individual day go for $50; they are available now online at guam-live.com and Circle K locations island-wide.
  
“We’ll have photos and videos on guam-live.com, and all the GVB social media channels in all the different countries we have offices in Japan, Korea, US, Taiwan, Mainland China and Russia,” said Jon Nathan Denight, the Visitors Bureau’s deputy general manager. “Guam Live brings top music artists from around the world to perform live on Guam, which is a great benefit for all Guam residents, visitors and U.S. Service members.”

Guam Live International Music Festival artists

Sublime with Rome (U.S.A.): Sublime with Rome is a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson (and formerly Bud Gaugh), formerly of the band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez.

Pia Mia (Guam): Pia Mia began her music career in 2007 by posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. As of April 2014, she has gained 147,020 YouTube subscribers and 13,553,324 total video views.

Izah Blue (U.S.A.): Izah Blue is an original roots reggae and dub singer and songwriter from collieforini, Jahmekya, Jahpon and Hawaii.

Steel Pulse (Britain): Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants.

Matisyahu (U.S.A.): Matisyahu first made a name for himself with his album Live at Stubbs, and Youth quickly followed. Both albums subsequently went Gold and Youth was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

Home Made Kazoku (Japan): Home Made Kazoku is a trio, consisting of members MICRO, KURO, and DJ U-ICHI debuted in May 2004 and won acclaim as the best upcoming artist of the year on the Japanese music scene.

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