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Steede to star at opening ceremony

Gene Steede (File photograph)

Musical legend Gene Steede will star at the opening ceremony to the 35th America’s Cup.

A host of other local entertainers will join Mr Steede to set the scene on the first night of the month-long event that brings the eyes of the world on Bermuda on May 26.

The band of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, H&H Gombeys and Gombey Evolution and the cast of Proud to be Bermudian will provide entertainment.

The opening ceremony will be produced by David Durham of Yhoshi Productions with musical director John Woolridge. According to a press release, both have extensive experience of staging shows of this calibre in Bermuda.

Comedian and entertainer Nadanja Bailey and Bermuda Tourism spokesman Glenn Jones have been named the two emcees for the night, as well as for every day that the America’s Cup Village is open between May 26 and June 27.

Mr Steede said in a statement: “The America’s Cup is going to be an incredible event and I am so proud to be part of the show and I cannot wait to perform in front of the crowds who will be in the America’s Cup Village for day one.

“It is going to be a huge party and I’m sure it will be the perfect start to the events that will turn the eyes of the world on our Bermuda home in May and June.”

From 7pm until the opening ceremony starts at 8.30pm, a range of Bermudian musical talent will perform, including Cindy Smith, John Seymour, Liv MisLu, Desmond “Rivah” Smith, Live Wire, John Seymour and Aimee Bento and Quinn Outerbridge. The official band of the 35th America’s Cup, 4-Forty-1, will take to the stage to continue the party until 10pm with a spectacular firework display. Red Bull skydivers will also make an appearance, dropping in from the skies to join the party.

Tickets for the first day of racing and the official opening ceremony are available from www.americascup.com/tickets for as little as $10 for general admission tickets at local pricing.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers begin at 5pm with Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA taking on Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France in race one, with the on-water action scheduled to end at 7pm.

More local Bermudian musical acts will be announced in due course and will play on the main stage until the opening ceremony itself starts at 8.30pm.

On May 26, the America’s Cup Village will open for business at 3pm and will close at 10.30pm, half an hour after the opening ceremony and party ends.