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Island Events Group has a busy summer planned, beginning this week with “Fantasy Island”, a two-day music festival to celebrate Bermuda Day.

DJ Walshy Fire, one third of electronic dance music trio Major Lazer, headlines the event Thursday and Friday on White's Island. The festival is presented by Off Level BDA and Party People, which operate under the Island Events Group umbrella.

Walshy Fire, whose given name is Leighton Paul Walsh, will play a soca and top 40 set on Thursday before presenting an EDM and top 40 set on Friday. DJ Mystro, DJ Jim Brown, DJ Fresh Kid and Fire Wayne are also on the Thursday bill, with Milk N Money and DJ Pow also set to entertain on Friday.

Heineken sponsors the first night, with the second night featuring a Desperados drink launch party, presented by Heineken.

Ferries will leave Albuoy's Point every half-hour beginning at 10pm on both nights. The events wrap up at 3am.

With the holiday weekend behind them, Off Level's attention turns to football.

First up on Saturday June 1 is a Champions League final viewing party for the much-anticipated match between Premier Division rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. The match will be shown on a big screen under a tent at No. 1 Car Park on Front Street.

Doors open at 2pm, with the kickoff set for 4pm. Pre-game festivities include Xtreme Sports' poolball and football darts games, a Fifa tournament and other games, Mr Woods says. Food and drink will be available throughout. A party follows from 7pm until midnight with DJ Rusty G and DJ Chubb.

The viewing party is presented by sponsors Heineken, and powered by One Communications, which is handling the technical aspects of the presentation. Off Level is hosting and promoting the party.

“For Bermudians who love football, and we all love football at Off Level, we wanted to jump into the viewing party scene,” says Daniel Woods, manager at Off Level. “We know what atmosphere we want to watch games in, and we think we can provide it.”

Bermuda's historic qualification for the Gold Cup football tournament sees Off Level presenting an event a bit further afield with “Ultra Fan Zone: Gold Cup Edition”. Off Level's efforts are supported by One Communications, Bermuda Football Association, Government and apparel company BermuniTees, Mr Woods says.

The organisation is offering packages for two of Bermuda's three matches in the tournament — against Costa Rica in Dallas on June 20, and against Nicaragua in New Jersey on June 24. Each package includes a match ticket, swag kit, and pre-party.

The Dallas package also includes a ticket to see Nicaragua v Haiti, while the New Jersey package includes a ticket to Haiti v Costa Rica. Those matches are part of doubleheaders with the Bermuda matches. Flights and hotel are not included.

A two-city “Gombey Warrior” package includes a ticket to Bermuda's matches, six nights' hotel, a flight from Dallas to New York, and a ticket to Nicaragua v Haiti and Haiti v Costa Rica. Flights to and from the United States are not included.

Off Level has promoted a fan zone at several of Bermuda's home matches. Ticket buyers meetup before the match before a march into the stadium to sit in the same section.

The aim is to replicate that atmosphere at the Gold Cup, Mr Woods says.

“The group section gives Bermuda supporters one voice, and creates an atmosphere where everyone can be vocal, loud and proud,” Mr Woods says. “People can cheer on the boys and hopefully we can get some results. Even the players in the past have told us how much they have appreciated the fan zone.”

Mr Woods says he will attend the Gold Cup — he's just not sure of his return date yet. The top two teams in each group advance to the competition's quarter-finals.

“If they manage to pull it off, I'll be changing my flights,” he says. “I'll be staying for the next round.”

Tickets to Fantasy Island are available at www.partypeopleent.com and www.ptix.bm. Tickets for the viewing party and Gold Cup events are available at www.ptix.bm

Getting ready: The fan zone before a Bermuda home match (Photo supplied)
Vocal support: Supporters get behind their team at National Stadium (Photo supplied)

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Published May 22, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated May 21, 2019 at 8:04 pm)

Island Events Group plans out active summer

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