What's better than a weekend of A-list music, art, comedy and cuisine in sunny San Diego? Doing it all in the Caribbean Sea, that's what. The 'MIX-perience' that has come to be known as the festival of all festivals, KAABOO, is quickly approaching its fourth year at the world-renowned Del Mar Fairgrounds and to celebrate its success, event staff have announced two sister fests to take place early 2019. The first of which is, you guessed it, in the Cayman Islands. The announcement went out right before KAABOO revealed a partnership with NFL owner Jerry Jones to create KAABOO Texas: the first-ever blend of live music entertainment with American football, going down inside the Cowboys AT&T Stadium May 3rd-5th, 2019. Artists attached to the inaugural year have yet to be unveiled.
KAABOO Cayman is staying true to its roots by offering a bountiful blend of genres that span across the last 50 years of music.
Texas aside, KAABOO-thusiasts have also been waiting with baited breath to catch wind of who's going to be christening the 1st Annual KAABOO Cayman stages next February 15th and 16th. Well, the wait is finally over. KAABOO Cayman 2019 is welcoming millenial pop heavyweights The Chainsmokers to headline alongside 80s pop sensationalists, Duran Duran. Get ready to dance, Cayman Islands – but first, lemme take a selfie. Don't be too frightened if you aren't into pop music though; along the eclectic lines of all past KAABOO events, KAABOO Cayman is staying true to its roots by offering a bountiful blend of genres that span across the last 50 years of music. If you do happen to love everything currently spinning on the Top 40 stations, The Chainsmokers will be joined by Zedd, Jason Derulo and Flo Rida. If you like to kick it old-school, Blondie and Bryan Adams will get you singing some guilty pleasure jams from yesteryear, as The English Beat skanks your socks off. Like country? Marin Morris and Margo Price will be there! Alt-rockers will love Transviolet in all their fusion glory. One thing to note about KAABOO is that the 1990s is always represented exquisitely… and KAABOO Cayman has done so exceptionally well. Back from the best decade of music – from hip hop to folk rock to R&B to alternative – is Salt-N-Pepa, Counting Crows, Blues Traveler and +Live+. Any 90s lover, take a moment to rejoice.
And, what's a Caribbean party without reggae?! KAABOO incorporates reggae, in all its denominations, every year throughout its existence. However, being stationed at Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman is quite a different story than the affluent area of Del Mar, California. KAABOO, thus, has decided to up its reggae side to correlate with its new island presence! KAABOO Cayman isn't messing around either: Shaggy and Sean Paul will be rocking the stage, along with Maxi Priest, Los Lobos, Magic!, Romain Virgo and KAABOO hometown band, HIRIE. How. Epic. Is that?? Local bands are yet to be announced, so chances are, more reggae will be in the mix shortly.
“We are thrilled to reveal our inaugural lineup for KAABOO Cayman,” says KAABOO’s Chief Brand Officer, Jason Felts. “This signature lineup of multi-generational artists was thoughtfully curated to include a little something for everyone. As we extend our brand to paradise, KAABOO Cayman promises a weekend experience designed for the enjoyment of both locals and tourists alike.”
Lest we forget, this two-day tropical extravaganza isn't just music!
Lest we forget, this two-day tropical extravaganza isn't just music! The comedic lineup for Cayman 2019 has also been disclosed, with just as much créme de la créme as the musical rundown. Taking the Humor Me stage on the island is Wanda Sykes, David Spade, Jenny Slate, Darrell Hammond, Natasha Leggero, Tom Green and Alonzo Bodden. If you're not laughing after attending this all star list of comedians, you're doing it wrong. For you foodies and art aficionados, the culinary and artist lineups will be revealed fall of 2018, so hold on to your chef hats and… berets?
Weekend passes for KAABOO Cayman are available as of today, so get your flight booked and your passes secure while they are at their cheapest! Thatch passes get you in all weekend and, as per usual, attendees have the option of VIP upgrades with the Silver Thatch passes and Royal Palm passes; these coincide with the Hang Five and Hang Ten VIP packages of the KAABOO Del Mar festival, with similar topnotch perks. For more information on travel, stay and how to get your KAABOO Cayman on, please visit www.kaaboocayman.com.