Monday, June 17

Miri Country Music Fest ‘over two days next year’

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Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai (sixth left) and MCMF advisor Gracie (third right) showing the 2016 festival’s t-shirt while councillors and the organising committee give a thumbs-up at MCC.

Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai (sixth left) and MCMF advisor Gracie (third right) showing the 2016 festival’s t-shirt while councillors and the organising committee give a thumbs-up at MCC.

MIRI: Miri Country Music Fest (MCMF) will turn into a two-day affair from next year, according to a recent decision made by Planet Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd recently.

Advisor of MCMF Gracie Geikie, who is also the director for Planet Borneo Group of Companies, said the MCMF had been a one-day music festival since it was first organised in 2014.

“We have received feedback from fans, especially those from outside Miri who requested us to make the MCMF a two-day festival instead of one day.

“In reference to the welcome response from fans to the MCMF, we have decided to make the only country music festival in the country from a one-day to a two-day event starting next year,” she announced during a press conference on MCMF at Miri City Council yesterday.

Gracie also promised that the third edition MCMF which is to be held on Feb 27 at ParkCity Everly Hotel will be bigger and better than before.

She said fans can expect another exciting experience for this year’s festival which will showcase country bands from Nashville in USA, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Miri.

These bands she added will entertain festival goers with their rendition of rock, pop, contemporary, bluegrass and folk country tunes.

The organisers expect this year’s festival to attract 3,000 festival-goers locally as well as visitors from Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

“Thus far, we managed to sell 2,000 tickets for the festival where 33 per cent of buyers were foreigners, mostly from Brunei.

“We hope to make it to a 3,000-strong crowd this year as the record showed that the inaugural festival in 2014 registered 1,700 fans followed by 2,000 festival goers last year.”

Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg is guest-of-honour who will open the festival.

Ticket purchases can be made from Planet Convention Office (082-250400), ParkCity Everly Hotel (085-440288), Planet Borneo Travel & Tour Services (085-414300) or call Asif Pishori (014-6922757).

Tickets are also available online at www.miricountrymusic.com.

Present at the press conference were Miri mayor Lawrence Lai, general manager of ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri Andrew Law and councillors.