FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2022
Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas
Hope Town Music and Rum Festival 2023
February 7th – 12th, 2023 will mark a decade of Hope Town hosting a
well-attended singer-songwriter music festival. First a hurricane hit, and a
pandemic choked off what tourism revenue the storm didn’t flatten. Eager to
display the resilience of Hope Town, organizers are not only launching a new,
expanded music festival, they’ve added Rum.
Hope Town Music and Rum Festival will be held February 7– 12, 2023.
The festival will feature a roster of musicians to be revealed soon and rum
tastings at the concerts. Rum sponsors will also be announced in the near
Over 1,000 attendees are expected to collect in Hope Town venues listening,
tasting rum and feeling down–home in their souls. Classic resorts like the
Firefly Sunset Resort, Hope Town Inn and Marina, the Abaco Inn, On the Beach
and Sea Spray Resort will host events.
Visitors to the festival will enjoy intimate beachfront concerts by talented
musicians, as well as tastings from local and international rum distillers.
Building on a decade of concerts, the Hope Town Music and Rum Festival is meant
to celebrate the resolute heart of Hope Town and its people, who have emerged
from hardship ready to renew the hospitality and warm welcomes that the island
is famous for. Most of the island’s accommodations and transportation options
are already sold-out during festival week.
In 2019, the Abacos, long a low-key island resort and fishing community, were
devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Extraordinary efforts by many organizations and
local community saw the islands stagger back to their feet only to be hit with
the coronavirus pandemic that stopped precious tourism revenue.
Finally, after three years, the Abacos are emerging again, with strong
investment from the resort development sector and the flow of revenue from
visitors once again picking up. The Hope Town Music and Rum Festival will
dedicate a portion of profits to continued efforts to rebuild Hope Town.
The Abacos are a collection of cays in The North West Bahamas. With the depths
of the Atlantic Ocean off one coast and the shallow Sea of Abaco off the other,
the Abacos offer a unique fishing, sailing, boating, snorkeling and diving
opportunities. Surfing and beachcombing can also fill time between shows for
festival attendees. Local artists and boatbuilders offer cultural
attractions, and Caribbean cuisine is offered throughout the cays.
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