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BAMP announces ‘Republik Music Fest’

April 13th, 2011

Any promoter with an ounce of common sense — or club kid with his or her eye on an ounce of liquor — will tell you that building a good buzz is important. Unless people are aware of what's going on, how will they be able to support it?

Courtesy BAMP Project

That's the strategy behind today's BAMP Project announcement of the lineup for the inaugural "Republik Music Festival" on June 11 at Kakaako Waterfront Park. The promoters have yet to open the doors on their new Kapiolani Boulevard concert venue/lounge, but will still push forward with a star-studded lineup of reggae and island music acts.

"We're establishing the branding for sure," BAMP/Republik co-owner Matty Hazelgrove said this morning. "It's a perfect opportunity for us to do this."

The first festival will feature headliners Steel Pulse (pictured above), plus the Dirty Heads and semi-regular Hawaii visitors Matisyahu and Rebelution. The Green and Maui-based rockers the Throwdowns will open the show.

"The 'Republik Music Festival' is going to be the big brother to the Republik," Hazelgrove continued. "And even though this lineup is pretty reggae-heavy, we'll always have elements of rock and other genres. It will be just like the Republik, where we're going to do all kinds of different music."

Tickets for the festival go on sale at 9 a.m. April 20 at all Local Motion stores on Oahu, Navy ITT and Coast Guard offices, the UH-Manoa Campus Center and online at www.groovetickets.com. General admission will set you back $39.50, with VIP tickets priced at $70 (includes dedicated bar service and portable restrooms, VIP area in front of stage and catered food from Wahoo's Fish Tacos.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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