Over the last 38 years, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has developed a reputation as one of the sailing world’s most unmissable regattas – and now it is also gaining a formidable reputation for its legendary parties. Celebrating its 39th year this year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has a whole galaxy of stars on the lineup for their infamous parties!

Following the announcement of Alison Hinds, Shermanology and headline act The Jacksons, further acts have now been announced to ensure each of the four nights of parties go off with a bang – including St. Maarten natives Orange Grove, reggae/pop chart toppers The Elovaters, reggae royalty THIRD WORLD, local jazz group Funky Horny Horns and St. Maarten Afro-Caribbean band Youth Waves.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Production Director, John Leone, comments, “We have a serious racing schedule this year, so it is only right we match it with some serious fun at our legendary parties! Alongside the barnstorming headline acts we have secured some big name local and international acts that will bring a true flavour of St. Maarten to the regatta. We can’t wait to share our incredible homegrown talent with all our regatta guests – the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is going to be hard to beat!”

St. Maarten natives Michael Maidwell and Jacob Steefkerk formed pop/reggae outfit Orange Grove when they were at college – fusing guitar and rap resulting in awesomely addictive results. Fast-forward to today and Orange Grove is about to release their much anticipated third studio album, ‘Ganja Rock’. With collaborations and guest features by legends like King Yellowman, Walshy Fire (Major Lazer) and Brainpower, the band have created something special for their fans as well as a great introduction for those who have yet to discover their music. Catch them on the main stage on Sunday.

Also performing on the Sunday of the regatta, The Elovaters released their second album in October 2018, and it debuted at #1 in the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. Two months later it was voted people’s choice album of the year 2018 by Surf Roots TV & Radio. Having previously supported the likes of Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, Easy Star Allstars, John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and more, The Elovaters have a unique brand of reggae that is sure to get toes tapping.

One of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, THIRD WORLD will take to the stage on the Saturday night. Celebrating 45 years of performing their own unique style of “reggae-fusion”, THIRD WORLD have 10 grammy nominations and a catalogue of charted smash hits under their belt, including “Now That We Found Love”, ”96 Degrees in the Shade” and “Try Jah Love”. Their positive, progressive and internationally relevant message is set to a hybrid of various types of reggae-based music, including elements of R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and rap.

St. Maarten native Kenyo Baly began singing at church at the age of 6, and his melodic voice has often been compared to John Legend and Bob Marley. His soulful rendition of classic ballads and Caribbean standards has made him a crowd favorite. He has gained significant exposure as a featured soloist and has been interviewed and performed on major television stations including ABC, NBC, FOX5, Newsday, Channel 12, and CNN. Kenyo’s accolades are many and he continues to receive performance requests worldwide. Don’t miss Kenyo on the Main Stage on Friday night!

Local band Funky Horny Horns will be performing their unique brand of jazz on the Thursday night, while Youth Waves kick off the weekend in true St. Maarten style on the Friday night with their popular Afro-Caribbean sounds of Zouk, Salsa, Soca, Kompa and Reggae. What The Funk featuring Tanya Michelle and Shawn J. will perform on the Thursday night, covering some of the greatest funk, R&B, pop, soul, dance and rock groups from the 70s to the present day. MC Gee and DJ King Kembe will bring the noise and open each night of parties after the daily prize giving. St Maarten’s very own Mix Master Pauly will keep the energy at peak levels on the Sunday night.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is now in its 39th year, and now sports a brand new 2-handed racing class. The sailing and parties take place over four days February 28 – March 3, 2019. A cocktail of four days of World-Class racing mixed perfectly with the awesome Heineken parties are set to light up the island well into the night over the four evenings. The entire event is located at the St. Maarten’s Heineken Regatta Village at the Port de Plaisance Resort, Casino and Yacht Club. Get ready for some “Serious Fun” at the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta!

Find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and the island of St. Maarten here: www.heinekenregatta.com.

Tickets for the regatta parties can be purchased from the St. Maarten Yacht Club.

To keep up with the action, follow the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta social channels:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/StMaartenHeinekenRegatta
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Notes to Editors
For more information about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, please contact Liberty Ash or Emma Cottle on 01460 241641, or email: liberty@adpr.co.uk or emma@adpr.co.uk.

About St Maarten Heineken Regatta
Now in its 39th year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is four days of world-class racing starting on 28th February until the 3rd March 2019. Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, sailing is powered by the cooling northeast trade winds and run by an experienced and friendly race team. Over the four days, thousands of sailors from over 35 countries come to compete in world-class racing.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is as famous for its parties as it is for its racing. Over four nights, some of the world’s top artists take to the stage and ensure that each day of racing ends with a bang, and the festivities continue long into the night. Acts from previous years include Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Wyclef Jean and Kool & The Gang.

To find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, please visit www.heinekenregatta.com

About Orange Grove
Best friends Michael Maidwell and Jacob Streefkerk founded Orange Grove shortly after leaving St. Maarten, the little Caribbean island paradise they called home, to attend college in the Netherlands.

In the years that followed, Orange Grove would independently release studio and live albums, various singles and videoclips, all while traveling to some amazing parts of the world to try to spread their music as far as they possibly could. It wasn’t the easiest road to travel in life, trying to make a living from your own music without the record labels or even outside management, but it was fun and they learned and grew with every step of the way.

Fast-forward to today when Orange Grove is about to release their much anticipated third studio album, ‘Ganja Rock’. With wickedly talented members  and producers Tim Kesteloo (guitars) and Robert Biesewig (drums), who both joined the group in 2011, playing huge roles in the writing and producing of Ganja Rock, together with collaborations and guest features by legends like King Yellowman, Walshy Fire (Major Lazer) and Brainpower, the band feels confident they have created something special for all their fans who have been following them throughout the years, as well as a great introduction for all those who have yet to stumble upon their music.

To find out more about Orange Grove, please visit www.enjoyorangegrove.com

About The Elovaters
The Elovaters sophomore album, DEFY GRAVITY, dropped October 26, 2018 (Rootfire Cooperative) and debuted at #1 in the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. Two months later it was voted people’s choice Album Of The Year 2018 by Surf Roots TV & Radio. Produced by Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson, The Movement) and critically acclaimed, “Defy Gravity is simply on another level…intricate and nuanced, full of thought-provoking surprises.” The album marks yet another milestone in the band’s incredible rise from the south shore of Boston. Other highlights from 2018 include signing with Madison House agency in September, performing at Levitate Music Festival, Sugarloaf Reggae Festival, and direct support dates for The English Beat and Badfish.

The Elovaters are Jackson Wetherbee (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), John Alves (lead guitar), Nick Asta (drums), Matt Link (bass), Derrick Cabral (percussion), and Greg Nectow (keys). Their debut album, THE CORNERSTONE, was recorded by Mike Caplan at the legendary Lion and Fox Studios in Washington D.C. in 2017. It reached #2 on the iTunes reggae chart and #9 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, and the band has been touring heavily in support of the album ever since, opening for the likes of Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, Easy Star Allstars, John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and more.

To find out more about Elovators, please visit www.theelovaters.com

About THIRD WORLD
Celebrating 45 years, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, THIRD WORLD’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”.

With 10 Grammy nominations and a catalogue of charted smash hits, including (“Now That We Found Love”, ”96 Degrees in the Shade” and “Try Jah Love”) , spanning over four decades, sold-out tours, a vibrant and loyal fan base and inspirational messages, one may wonder, “Where did it all begin? What gives THIRD WORLD the staying power so rare in the music industry?” THIRD WORLD is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide. It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant. We invite you to the sights and sounds of the legendary THIRD WORLD!

To find out more about THIRD WORLD, please visit www.thirdworldband.com