Large crowd expected for Miri Country Music Fest 2022 in November
MIRI (June 26): The eighth edition of the Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF), scheduled for November 25-26, is expected to draw huge crowds following the big response to the Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) 2022, currently performing at Coco Cabana here.
According to Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the BJF, which kicked off on Friday and would continue until today, had all its tickets, including the last minute show, ripped off the first day. .
“We were initially worried about the response to BJF this year after postponing it for two years and especially with Brunei’s borders yet to reopen, but the first day (of the festival) gave us a big surprise.
“It actually gave us the confidence to look forward to other tourism events such as the MCMF,” he told a press conference here yesterday, adding that the limited number of tickets for BJF was partly due to the lack of space at Coco Cabana.
The Minister assured everyone that the MCMF would “take place, all physical” at the Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club here.
“It was billed as the first country music festival in Malaysia and considered Miri’s own music festival.
“The inaugural event in 2014 recorded 4,000 festival-goers.
“Over the years, it has featured many local and international bands with different styles of country music, with overseas talent coming from Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Britain, India. Germany and the Czech Republic.
“It’s good to see that MCMF supports both Malaysian and international country music artists, as it gives Sarawak’s own musicians a platform to showcase and promote their music alongside their international counterparts,” Abdul said. Karim.
MCMF 2022’s international lineup would include Tantowi Yahya from Indonesia, Johnny Loda Trio with their experience in Italy, UK and Thailand, Cambodia Country Band from USA/Cambodia and Ramon Cedillo from Singapore.
The Malay performers would be Kamal Bukhary and Lyia Meta, along with Miri’s own Sessions aka session: theBand, Country Roads and Mountain Wind.
Additionally, Abdul Karim praised the MCMF organizer for bringing the festival to Miri, which he considered “the gateway to Sarawak’s tourist attractions in the northern region”.
“MCMF has partnered with the Sarawak Commerce and Tourism Board in Singapore (Statos) to market the event, which is a good move as we can now strongly promote this festival in Singapore.
“With direct flights under the special Singapore packages including MCMF tickets, this (strategy) creates a Sarawak vacation package with two nights of country music fiesta,” he said, adding that festival-goers could explore many tourist destinations in the upstate. region during their stay here, such as Mulu National Park, a World Heritage Site, and the Bario Highlands.
He also expressed hope to see more involvement of the private sector in the creation of local events, and in this regard, he assured that his ministry would help to market these events and eventually promote Sarawak as a an exciting destination for cultural adventure, nature, food and festivals (CANFF).
“That’s really the kind of partnership my ministry wants to see,” he added.
Also present at the press conference were Deputy Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts I Datuk Sebastian Ting, MP for Telang Usan Dennis Ngau who is also Chairman of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Abdul Karim Hii Chang Kee, MCMF Founder Gracie Geikie and Eastwood Kueh Chie Tiong, General Manager of Valley Golf and Country Club.
For more information on purchasing festival tickets, go to www.miricountrymusic.com or search for “Miri Country Music Fest” on Facebook.
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