Vujaday Music Festival first appeared on the scene last year for its inaugural event. I was easily enticed last year to look into it after learning it’s organized by Canada’s premier music festival agency, The RKET. Plus, not to mention, the fact that it’s hosted on an island in the Caribbean. It was quite interesting to watch Fyre Festival’s elitist campaign turn into a failure of a festival, versus watching Vujaday take on the island festival idea as a success.
The festival is taking place over five days this spring on April 3-7, 2019 on the Caribbean island of Barbados. This will be its second year marrying island relaxation and festival culture.
I love the idea of heading to an island for a music festival. Actually, I love the idea of heading to a new environment for a festival. I think that’s why I was always so into going to SnowGlobe, because it was such a unique environmental location for a music festival. I’ve never been to an island for a festival, and I really would love to go to one sometime.
The Caribbean islands are a fabulous location for a festival if you ask me. The clear warm waters, the tropical vibes, the proximity to the US (especially for East Coasters)! Vujaday plans on taking full advantage of the island by having the festival take place at a unique location each of the five days of the festival. It’s really cool because you’re given an experience on the island, beyond just attending the festival.
“The island is brimming with a vivid culture and amazing sights to take in, and we wanted to make sure that the festival format allowed for guests to experience more than just a single location while enjoying music from around the world,” says Ryan Kruger, Vujaday co-founder and president of The RKET Group.
Venue highlights from last year included Bellevue Plantation, a 100-acre property built in 1735 that included a pool, polo fields, and lush gardens surrounding the property. Another favorite was Cornwall House, which allowed those in attendance to witness a breathtaking sunrise while overlooking the gorgeous Eastern Coast of Barbados. Other venues were located directly on the beach and gave those in attendance the chance to sink their feet in the sand throughout the event.
The musical focus of the festival is different styles of house and techno. They’ll be showcasing internationally renowned DJs as well as some local favorites. So far the Phase 1 lineup has been released which features Welsh DJ and producer Sasha, a club set from Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, All Day I Dream founder Lee Burridge, Detroit house and techno staple Moodymann and many more.
This year, Vujaday has also announced a new daytime party series, to keep the party going in between the main events.