KAABOO, a three-year-old independent festival held annually at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego is expanding with a new event on the Cayman Islands set to take place one year from now along the famed Seven Mile Beach.

KAABOO Cayman is set for Feb. 15 & 16, 2019, bringing 20-30 musical artists and dozens of comedians, restaurateurs and 10,000 music fans to one of the top Caribbean destinations in the world. While the event is being hailed as a cross-section of luxury, music and indulgence, organizers are quick to point out their new destination event will be nothing like 2017’s doomed Fyre Festival on Grand Exuma in the Bahamas that imploded on social media after attendees arrived and found woefully inadequate accommodations.

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“What we have thought about from the very beginning is ensuring that we are doing this right,” KAABOO’s Chief Brand and Marketing Officer Jason Felts tells Amplify, explaining that his team will spend the next 12 months custom-building their site with two stages, permanent bathrooms, air-conditioned spaces, comedy clubs and more.

“This is not going to be Fyre Festival,” Felts said. “We have a world-class experienced operations team. We’ve been working on this for two years and it’s not going to be held on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. It’s being held on the safest island in the Caribbean in the world’s third largest financial center. Fyre Festival, it is not.”

Tickets start at $187.50 for GA and go up to $781.25 for VIP and $2,500 for ultra-VIP. Attendees will cover their own airfare and hotel (organizers will assist fans with their bookings) and the event space is being built by Dart company, just north of the Kimpton Seafire Hotel. The year-round site will include the Humor Me comedy club, an art exhibition space, the Palate gourmet food and craft cocktails space and a beach club. The lineup will be announced May 15 and pre-announcement “blind” tickets are on sale through March 31 at kaaboocayman.com. There’s even a $300,000 Dream Pass for four people that includes a private butler and chef and access to a luxury yacht.

“We’re thinking it would be a very special experience for a small group of people or two couples, and we’re only selling one Dream Pass,” Felts said.
There are currently eight direct flights to the island —   Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit,  Houston, London, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto — and one of the Caribbean’s best hotel portfolios.
“We brought our entire team down and have been developing the plan for the last two years,” Felts said “We identified a site, we went into construction on the site and the event’s going to be a year from now. We have not done it fast, we’ve done it right.”