Get Ready for the Big Stage 2018

Under the auspices of Music & Beyond the locally registered non-profit organisation behind the Pure Grenada Music Festival, LIVE is one of the many initiatives geared at nurturing musical talent in Grenada.
Musicians at LIVE are first invited to participate in a two-stage selection process open to all bands/musicians (citizens and residents) within Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique known as Ready for the Stage.
In this first phase, bands/musicians are asked to submit a short video of their band and or themselves doing a live performance of an original song. All bands/musicians meeting the criteria are then given the opportunity to play to a panel of judges and live audience. In it’s third year of existence the performance was being taken to Camerhogne Park in anticipation of sharing with an even larger audience the pure talent that Music & Beyond seeks to help harness and focus towards its ultimate potential. These performances were also recorded and artistes given further and continuous exposure via the festival’s online channels.
Musicians in the second phase included A#keem; Johnny ‘Black Iron’ Williams; Johnathan Francis; Lion Paw; Sabrina Francis; Thamara St. Bernard; Zamar Band and Zorina all of whom were given an opportunity to perform during the 2018 Festival based on their performance on January 6th.
LIVE reinforces the commitment of Music & Beyond to deliver on its mandate of assisting in the development of musicians across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, including recognising talent, nurturing it, and providing the exposure and structure it needs to flourish.
Musicians, established and aspiring – and all who love music are encouraged to come out, participate, support, engage and learn more about Music & Beyond while enjoying some of Grenada’s best and as yet undiscovered musical gems.

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Get Ready for the Big Stage 2017

Pure Grenada Music Festival’s first event, Ready for the Stage, took place last weekend Saturday 10th December at Le Phare Bleu Hotel & Marina. Local bands were asked to audition by submitting live recordings of two (2) original songs. Of the many talented bands to send in their auditions, eight (8) have been chosen. The eight (8) extremely talented local bands competed for the chance to share the Main Stage at next year’s festival dated May 5th – 7th 2017, with highly acclaimed local, regional and international artistes.
Sabrina Francis, A#keem & Nature Claim, Sonika, Soul Deep, Sensation, Quiet Fire, Lion Paw & D-Unit as well as Loxton Mitchell performed a combination of original music and perfectly executed covers on Saturday. Each band was given half an hour to perform in front of a fully supportive audience made of Sponsors, Founders & Diamonds, band supporters and music lovers of all kinds.
Every band chose one original song that was recorded as a music video for Youtube. Once these videos are uploaded, the PGMF program committee will then choose three (3) bands to perform on the Main Stage and all others will perform on the secondary Village Stage.
Patrons thoroughly enjoyed each performance.
“We had to find out exactly how many persons were on stage. They sounded like a full band. We could not believe that there were only an acoustic guitar and a keyboard being played. You deserve to be on that Main Stage” said two excited patrons to Loxton Mitchell after his very passionate performance.
“I’ve known Dennison as a little boy beating tables as drums in primary school. I never thought he’d grow up to be so good at his vocals. I’ve heard him everywhere and I’d follow him everywhere to hear him perform.” another patron said about Lion Paw and D-Unit Band.
The PGMF committee and volunteers also had a tremendous experience.
Piankhi Toussaint; Master of Ceremonies at Ready for the Stage said; “It is truly a blessing and an awesome opportunity to share the stage with such extraordinarily gifted performers; their differing styles making for a truly one of a kind experience. As a host, I am grateful that their ability to entertain makes my job easy in one way, while in another way, makes me elevate my standard to maintain the overall quality of the entire production. The fact that there are so many amazing musical acts to filter through to finalize the Main Stage performances is testimony to the fact that Grenada is a nation brimming with talent. The audience is a powerful motivating force for the artistes and they create an atmosphere of love and encouragement. The venue, the stage, the sound system and the volunteers all work harmoniously to create the means for the artistes to showcase their gifts. I am excitedly looking forward to The Pure
Grenada Music Festival and I am proud to say that we definitely have musicians and singers that are more than ready for the stage.”
Arlene Friday; Festival Co-ordinator said; “The event was a true success! Artistes of various musical genres performed flawlessly moving from act to act without delay and were able to captivate the audience of all ages. Face painters kept smiles on children’s faces while Summer Juice slushies kept adults coming back for more and more! There was never a dull moment because Ready For The Stage had something for everyone. It was definitely an event to remember!”

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Get Ready for the Big Stage 2016

Music & Beyond seeks to assist in the development of musical talent in Grenada, including recognising talent, nurturing it, and providing the exposure and structure it needs to flourish.
Delivery of this mandate began in August 2015 with the launch of “Project Get Ready for the Big Stage”, which was a call to all bands/musicians within Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique to participate in a two-stage selection process for a chance to perform at the Pure Grenada Music Festival in April 2016, alongside some of the festival’s more internationally renowned artistes.
In the first phase, interested bands/musicians were asked to create and submit a short video of a live performance of their band doing an original song. In the second phase, all bands who submitted their raw video by deadline were invited to have their track recorded professionally. After the competition, all videos would be promoted on the festival’s social media.
Ten local bands participated in this project, giving live performances before a jury in October 2015. The five most promising bands selected to perform on the main stage (4 bands) and on the floating stage (1 band) were: Sabrina Francis, The Phoenix, Spice Rock, Jomo & Gylfi, and Soul Deep. All remaining bands will perform at the free mobile concerts being held in Gouyave and Grenville.
Between the bands of this competition, and the wide range of backup singers and musicians who will perform on various nights, this project has enabled more than 100 local artistes to become involved in the Pure Grenada Music Festival.

Watch videos of the Get Ready For the Big Stage performances:


Music & Beyond seeks to assist in the development of musical talent in Grenada, including recognising talent, nurturing it, and providing the exposure and structure it needs to flourish.

Delivery of this mandate began in August 2015 with the launch of “Project Get Ready for the Big Stage”, which was a call to all bands/musicians within Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique to participate in a two-stage selection process for a chance to perform at the Pure Grenada Music Festival in April 2016, alongside some of the festival’s more internationally renowned artistes.

In the first phase, interested bands/musicians were asked to create and submit a short video of a live performance of their band doing an original song. In the second phase, all bands who submitted their raw video by deadline were invited to have their track recorded professionally. After the competition, all videos would be promoted on the festival’s social media.

Ten local bands participated in this project, giving live performances before a jury in October 2015. The five most promising bands selected to perform on the main stage (4 bands) and on the floating stage (1 band) were: Sabrina Francis, The Phoenix, Spice Rock, Jomo & Gylfi, and Soul Deep. All remaining bands will perform at the free mobile concerts being held in Gouyave and Grenville.

Between the bands of this competition, and the wide range of backup singers and musicians who will perform on various nights, this project has enabled more than 100 local artistes to become involved in the Pure Grenada Music Festival.