• Isla de Salsa 2018

    World Beat Festival

    Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
    Nokonoshima Camp Ground

    1st Fukuoka Salsa Festival at Tiempo
    Friday, August 31st & Saturday, September 1st.


    y su Salsa Mayor

    The wild, multitalented leader of a new generation of Cuban music brings his musical ‘machine’ to Japan!

  • Line Up 2018:

    To be announced


    Advanced ticket sales starts on June 1st, 2018.

Latest News

  • March 23, 2018   ISLA DE SALSA 2018 will held on September 2nd at Nokonoshima Camp Ground.
  • March 24, 2018   This year we will have the Salsa Festival on Aug. 31st and Sep 1st at Tiempo .
  • April 10th, 2018   Advanced ticket sales starts on June 1st, 2018.
  • April 17, 2018   Main Band 2018 Announcement. Check

Main Band 2018

The wild, multitalented leader of a new generation of
Cuban music brings his musical ‘machine’ to Japan!

MAYKEL BLANCO will be back to Japan!

Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor

Maykel Blanco, was born on January 21, 1981 in Havana, in a family that has nothing to do with music. But he liked listening different radio music programs and their parents were very good dancers; he enjoyed listening and humming popular songs. Since he was very little, he used to be involved in school cultural Activities, as well as in his neighbourhood and in different public places, where he sang, danced and imitated artist in fashion, sometimes with saucepans, boxes or anything that might be percussed.

At the age of 12, he began to study percussion at night school “Geraldo Guanche”, later on, at the conservatory “Amadeo Roldan”. When he was just 15 years old, he established his own group, and began to obtain great successes in the movement of amateur artist, receiving multiple awards.
At 18 years old, he formed his first orchestra: “Suprema Ley”, associated to the “Centro Provincial de la Música Rafael Somavilla” in the province of Matanzas. Just 2 years later as the orchestra was created, the record company (label) “Envidia Record” from Spain, included them in their catalog.
The young Maykel working very hard will produce over 10 CDs, and recording as a percussionist in more than 40 CDs and will compose a big part of the songs of the Jazz group “Havana Express”.

In 2005 he assumed the musical direction of “Salsa Mayor”, devoting all his energy, creativity and his musical talent to it, will receive 5 nominations and an award as “The Best Art Direction” .
Within a short we we find him at the head of the musical programs of the country. From 2007 Maykel Blanco as director of his orchestra, becomes one of the main representatives of the Cuban music in various countries of the world, mainly Europe. He realises international tours also in important festivals. In Italy he receives the price of the ” Best Group of Cuban popular music “, in the years years 2006-2007. The same year he receives the price of the best concert live in Paris, in France. This young 32-year-old musician remains faithful to the Cuban popular music, and is called ” musical Machine of Cuba “: "La Maquina de Cuba".

Further to popular songs such as “Recoge y vete”, “Esto está”, “Cimarrón,” “Que tengo”, “Anda y Pégate,” “Si le gusta repite”, “Quitándome lo malo” among others, he becomes member of UNEAC (Nacional Union of Writers and Arts of Cuba).
In 2010 year of big successes, he realises with success a winter tour in Europe to promote his last CD ” ” SOY LO QUE TE HALA ” with Planet Records;
The same year he receives a price and a tribute in Peru as "group revelation of the year".
In 2011 he begins his first tour in LaGn America, in Lima in Peru, with big concerts and a public fan. On returning to Cuba, the label Cuba Bis Music integrates him into its catalog....

Read more Japan Tour 2018

What's Isla?

A summer holiday in an exquisite oasis
that’s just a 10-minute ferry ride away.

Dance and enjoy 8 hours non-stop performances
by international artists.
Beach, mojito, great food and best music!


Event details

Title 22nd ISLA DE SALSA World Beat Festival 2018
Date Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Open: 11:00 / Starts: 13:00
Close: 20:00
* Schedule is subjecto to change.

Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st at TIEMPO.
Venue Nokonoshima Camp Ground
(Nokonoshima, Nishiku, Fukuoka 819-0012)
Ticket prices [Advanced]   ¥4,500
* Free up to 15years old.
* ¥1,800 for Students up to 30 years old.
* ¥2,800 for seniors (above 65), foreigners, disabled persons.
* "2 for 1" - Discount for married couples
Ticket outlets Ticket Sales Starts on June 1st, 2018.
• e-plus (Family Mart) http://eplus.jp
• Ticket Pia: P-Code: 118-000
• Lawson Ticket: L-Code: 83083
• NPO Tiempo Iberoamericano
Organizer NPO Tiempo Iberoamericano
Co-organizer LOVE FM
Sponsor Cusqueña Beer
Imported by G & C Corporation
Collaborators Nokonoshima Island Park
Nokonoshima Camp Ground

* The organizer will take the photos and video during the festival. Please note that the photos and films taken at concert venue including the audience may be published for promotional purposes.


First, let’s go to the port at Meinohama.

To the ferry port "Noko Tosenba" in Meinohama, Nishitetsu buses offer the most convenient access.
    Nearest bus stop: "Noko Ferry Terminal"
    Nearest subway station: "Meinohama-eki".

Nishitetsu Bus Website

Next, let's get on a ferry to Nokonoshima from Nieihama.

Ferry Timetables

Nokonoshima Ferry Port      Camp Ground

It takes only 10 minutes to reach the island from the ferry port. After arriving on the island, there are free "Shuttle Bus" to transport everyone from the arrival area to the festival locale and back. You must show your festival ticket to board the "Shuttle Bus".