Miri set to be capital of country music
MIRI: UCSI Communications Sdn Bhd aspires to make Miri Country Music Fest (MCMF) a brand for the city.
Prior to the music fest to be held on Feb 15 next year, there will be an MCMF challenge to create excitement among country music lovers state-wide.
“MCMF challenge is a country music band competition which we will be organising in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.
“The competition will start in November this year and will run for two months. Registration for the competition will begin in October and entry forms will be available in UCSI Communications website,” said Planet Borneo and Tours and Travel Services Sdn Bhd managing director, Gracie Geikie,
In Kuching, she added, the competition will be held at Utopia while in Bintulu, it will be held at ParkCity Everly Hotel Bintulu while the venues for the competition in Sibu and Miri will be announced soon.
“We are going to pick a winner at each leg with a prize money of RM1,000. Winners at all the four legs will compete in the grand final which will be held in Miri on February 13 next year.
“The grand winner will win RM3,000 as well as perform at the main MCMF.”
The MCMF is endorsed by Miri City Council (MCC) and ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri, which will be the official venue for the event for the next five years.
Planet Borneo Tours and Travel Services Sdn Bhd is the official tour operator for the event.
Geikie expressed confidence that MCMF will be able to stage its uniqueness in the music festival industry.
“This inaugural MCMF is going to add another value to the existing music festival in Miri which is Borneo Jazz Festival and the upcoming Asian Music Festival to be held October this year.
“While, this MCMF is going to be held on February 15 next year at ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri, we expect to draw some 6,000 people to the event,” she stated in a joint press conference with Miri mayor Lawrence Lai to introduce the MCMF at ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri yesterday.
She further said the music fest will feature both local and international artistes and in the line-up are bands from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Brunei, Philippines, Australia and United States (US).
According to her, discussions are still ongoing with some of the foreign bands and the performers’ list will be announced in the next few weeks.
In addition, she said, various interesting programmes had been drawn up to complement the main night concert, such as games and competition for adults and children, pony rides, line-dance workshops, food and merchandise stalls.
The day’s programme will start from 2pm and music fest goers, particularly those from outside Miri, can have a selection of tour packages to Mulu National Park and Bario, she said
On tickets, she said they are sold at RM80 per adult and RM40 each for children between three and 12 years old, and include one drink for adults and soft drink or ice cream for children.
And from September 9 to November 30 this year, the tickets will be sold at an early bird rate of RM60 for adults and RM30 for children, she added.
Tickets are available online at www.ticketxpress.com.my and at ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri.
Meanwhile, Lai expressed his excitement on the fest and thanked the organising team led by Gracie for making MCMF a signature event for the resort city.
Also present were ParkCity Everly Hotel general manager John Augustine.
UCSI Communications, a subsidiary of the UCSI Group, is a full-fledged professional conference organiser (PCO) and an events management consultant.
Its previous works include managing the Penang World Music Festival in 2012 and 2013, World Animal Groove Music Festival (2012-2013), World Congress of Chinese Medicine (2012), Commonwealth Education Carnival (2011-2013) and Joint Commonwealth Dental Association, Malaysian Dental Association and World Dental Federation Convention (2012).