BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
AS Honiara residents are slowly settling in from the New Year’s Eve hype, and the Da’Ville countdown concert; here is another international touring artist that one would never want to miss out this month.
The Multi-Platinum International Award Winning Artist Iyaz is set to perform in Honiara on January 24th at Pacific Casino Hotel, Sea Front in Honiara.
DJ Victor Lopez, the International Booking Agent who is instrumental in bringing international artists into the country including Iyaz confirmed the tour.
“Iyaz will be touring Australia & the South Pacific Islands for 10 Shows.
“Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, and Papua New Guinea,” he said.
He said they are expecting a massive turn out for the show and he ensured the promoters to have tickets set at an affordable price.
“Yes, we expect a lot of people to turn up to the event. We have ensured the promoters to have tickets set at an affordable price to allow everyone in Honiara to attend.
“The venue fits close to 6,000 people at the newly renovated ‘Pacific Casino Hotel’ so we want to make this a big one too,” he added.
Dubbed the King of Island Pop, the touring artist already showed his excitement in a promotional video posted online and on social media.
“This will be my first time in the Solomon Islands and I’m so excited as this is my first South Pacific Island Tour and is going down Live at the Pacific Casino Hotel on the 24th of January,” as said in the video.
Such an artist like Iyaz who scooped various international awards to perform in the country is a stepping stone for other big artists and award-winning artists to also consider the Solomon Islands as their potential touring destination according to DJ Victor Lopez.
“We need as many artists alike to tour the Solomon Islands.
“I’ve seen that in the past not many would make it to the shores of the Solomon’s and I want to be able to change that and have the same amount of shows in Honiara just like Australia and their surrounding neighbors.
He continued: “Since I’ve been working closely with DMP the last few years, it’s been our goal to make this dream a reality.
“We want these artists to perform in the Solomon Islands and to get a first-hand glimpse of what the beautiful country Solomon Islands is all about.
“Musically… the country’s talent is up there with the world’s best and we feel that these concerts are just another way to introduce to the world and give them inside into the musical world of the Solomon artists.
Show your support and come along to the concert so that we can be able to provide the Solomon Islands many more artists to come soon,” DJ Lopez said.
This will be Iyaz’s 10th Anniversary Tour of the worldwide hit song ‘Replay’ and it is also his very first time touring the South Pacific Islands. He will be performing all his smash hits include “Solo, Pretty Girls, So Big, Island Girl, Replay and many more.