A truly Bermudaful Opening Ceremony to the 35th America's Cup

Thursday, 04 May 2017


Full details have been announced today about the line-up for the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup, taking place on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village in the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, from 8.30pm on Friday 26th May.

In the Opening Ceremony, Bermudian musical legend Gene Steede will be joined by the the band of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, H&H Gombeys and Gombey Evolution, Live Wires and the cast of “Proud to be Bermudian”. These acts combine to mark the Opening Ceremony as a truly Bermudian celebration in the home of the 35th America’s Cup. 

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by David Durham of Yhoshi Productions and the Musical Director will be John Woolridge, both with huge experience of staging shows of this caliber in Bermuda. 

Gene Steede explained what it means to him to be part of the Official Opening Ceremony for the 35th America’s Cup, saying, “The America’s Cup is going to be an in incredible event and I am so proud to be part of the show that will start the America’s Cup. It has been a while since I last performed and I cannot wait to be part of the show in front of the crowds who will come out to the America’s Cup Village for day one of racing the Opening Ceremony on 26th May. It is going to be a huge party and I’m sure it will be the perfect start to the events that will turn the eyes of the world on our Bermuda home throughout May and June.”

After the opening acts have performed, 4-Forty-1, the official band of the 35th America’s Cup, will take to the stage to continue the party that will end at 10.30pm with a spectacular fireworks display. Red Bull skydivers will also be making an appearance, dropping in from the skies above Bermuda to join the party that will be taking place in the America’s Cup Village.

Before the Opening Ceremony starts at 8.30pm, the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers will begin at 5.00pm with Jimmy “Pitbull” Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA taking on Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France in race one, with the on-water action scheduled to end at 7.00pm.

From 7.00pm until the Opening Ceremony starts at 8.30pm a range of Bermudian musical talent will perform, including Cindy Smith, John Seymour, Liv MisLu, Desmond “Rivah” Smith, John Seymour, Aimee Bento and Quinn Outerbridge.