Aaron Neville performed his Grammy-winning songs including Don’t Know Much. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Aaron Neville performed his Grammy-winning songs including Don’t Know Much. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
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Bermuda Music Festival's star-studded line-up bought an explosion of glitz and glamour to the island.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry, as well as a host of lesser known and local stars, descended on Bermuda to be greeted by enthusiastic crowds clad in waterproof ponchos.

The weather proved to be as unpredictable as ever as the heavens opened and drenched both performers and crowds on three out of four days of the festival, but the water-logged conditions failed to dampen anyone's spirits.

The annual event kicked off with The Whispers taking to the stage at the Fairmont Southampton on Wednesday, but things really got going on Thursday when 'Bootylicious' diva Beyonce took the National Stadium by storm.

Beyonce had everyone shaking their hips with an hour-and-a-half performance that brought a whole new meaning to girl power. With an all-female band and an impressive entourage in tow, Beyonce's moves and vocals kept the drenched audience's minds off the weather.

The dancing in the aisles continued on Friday with headliners UB40 taking to the stage with all their sing-along chart-toppers. It was a reggae night to remember with a good combination of local and international acts, although folks weren't happy that 'our ace boy' Collie Buddz had his

set cut short.

Grammy-award winning songstress Alicia Keyes brought along the sunshine for the final night of the Music Festival on Saturday. Dressed in a shimmery number, she belted out hit after hit with a perfect pitch.

The international media were welcomed with open arms, but not so good for overseas publicity, they were quick to pick up on government's cut-backs. Last year's eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet and free bar in a huge media marquee were replaced this year with a soggy ham sandwich and a couple of bottles of beer in a cooler in a tiny tent that was barely in view of the stage.

There were also a few technical hitches with the sound and police officers on duty seemed to have little control over the excited crowds. But all in all it was a musical extravaganza we can be proud of and organizers definitely have a task on their hands to try to top this line-up at next year's festival.