Top music acts ready for Guam Live
Thursday, June 4th 2015, 3:26 PM ChST
The much-awaited lineup for Guam Live was released earlier this week with Common Kings kicking off the festival weekend with a press conference this morning. It's expected to be one of the biggest music events in Guam's history.
Last year roughly 10,000 people attended and this year marks the second annual Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival. Guam Visitors Bureau general manager Nate Denight said, "I just want to say GVB's excited for the Guam Live International Music Festival, it was a great event last year and the lineup of talent we have this year is even bigger than last year."
The lineup was announced earlier this week and features two jam-packed events. Friday night kicks off with the Mount Carmel Phoenix Stage Band, followed by local indie rock band To The Hill. Then international hip-hop artist Tinashe takes the stage, followed by internationally acclaimed reggae band Common Kings and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Ceelo Green.
Saturday night takes a different spin, beginning with Japanese hip-hop trio Homemade Kazoku, followed by Japanese trio and dance vocal unit the W-Iinds. Then Korean hip-hop artist Jay Park and American rapper Hoodie Allen take the stage before electric hip-hop group Far East Movement closes out with the finale.
Denight said, "It's a signature event and we use these signature events to help promote Guam internationally and draw visitors internationally. So this year we're hoping to gain anywhere between 500 and 1,000 visitors. I think we're on track for 500 at least and we're trying to get to 1,000 visitors for this event. So to put that in economic terms that's over $2 million of economic benefit to the island."
At a press conference Thursday morning, Common Kings shared their excitement for the festival. Bassist Ivan Kirimaua said, "We've got a lot of great memories here and we hope to create more lasting memories come Friday." Lead singer Junyer King added, "One thing you'll always notice is we're having a fun time on stage no matter what, and that's the best part about doing what we do - we get to share it with everyone and just have fun." And Mata Grey, who plays lead guitar, said, "Rain or shine, we'll be there and I want everyone in Guam to be there rain or shine!"
Tickets are $100 and provide entrance to both days of the event.
Guam Live is slated for June 5-6, at the Paseo Stadium in Hagatna. Doors open at 4pm and tickets are available at all 76/Circle K locations, MWR, Andersen ITT, Guam Autospot, or at