Big names in Jazz landing in Miri

Source: http://www.easterntimes.com.my/index.php?news_id=1&news_content=2130

Big names in Jazz landing in Miri

MIRI-Jazz festival goers are advised to strictly adhere to the security and traffic rules for the 2- night Miri International Jazz Festival (MIJF) which is scheduled for May 11 - 12 at The Pavillion of ParkCity Everly Hotel.

Chairman of organising committee, Michael Lu disclosed that the almost sold out festival would see more than 2,000 spectators nightly.

"We did not expect the response to be so overwhelming,’ he stated yesterday in a press release to Eastern Times office.

Lu felt the huge nightly crowd need a systematic security and traffic management.

“All we want is to give the audience a good time to enjoy a world-class show in comfort minus the disturbance,” he added.

He advised motorists to be responsible when parking their vehicles as there will be police officers on duty to assist them.

Entry to the festival ground will also be scrutinised and only those with tickets will be allowed to be in the ground.

The security personnel from M-Guardians will be on duty to cover the whole festival ground with their canine team patrolling nightly.

This is the second time that M-Guardians is providing a comprehensive security for the festival, a distinct trademark of the MIJF.

The tickets have been selling like hot cakes in the last few days and are only available at the Miri Visitor’s Information Centre (VIC).

Lu said as for now, tickets for Friday night are still on sale at the VIC counter while the Saturday night tickets will only be made available as from 5.30pm at the festival site entrance.

The remaining limited tickets will be sold at first come first serve basis for each night.

The MIJF this time round has attracted audience from neighboring Brunei, Sabah, Singapore and West Malaysia and even from Australia.

Seven international jazz groups will take the stage at The Pavillion while another group will take the lawn stage thus ensuring a continuous flow of jazz music until past midnight.

Two groups ,Lluis Coloma and the Habana Sax were the first to arrive for the festival on Tuesday.

Yesterday also saw the George WashingMachine Quartet arriving while today would be KCP4, Orak Na Naa and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The media groups from Singapore, West Malaysia and Australia will also arrive today.

The festival is organised by Sarawak Tourism Board and supported by Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism and Shell while endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.

The festival’s official bank is HSBC with Maxis as its official Telco, ASTRO as media partner and ParkCity Everly Hotel as official hotel.

Its official airline is Malaysia Airlines and supporting sponsor is Heineken.