Barbados Jazz Festival
Barbados Jazz Festival 2014
Tearing up Bridgetown each year in January is the Barbados Jazz Festival, originally founded in 1993, this week long festival of music has previously been lucky enough to host talented artists like Boney James and Lionel Richie – One of Barbados’s most well known festivals. It was cancelled in 2011 – 2013 due to lack of funding but will hopefully make a return in 2014.
Past artists who played at the Barbados Jazz Festival: Harvey Mason & Diana Jarrett, David Burnett & Dwane Husbands, James Blunt, Kite, Angie Stone, Glenn Lewis, Nexcyx, Chrisette Michele.
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International and local acts are performing but the set-list/programme does not seem to be out yet, neither it seems has the venue been selected though likely main acts will play at either the Sunbury Plantation House or the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex as they have done in the past.
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Music genres at the Barbados Jazz Festival include R&B, Classical, African, Swing and obviously Jazz.
The 2009 Barbados Jazz Festival lineup:
Monday, Jan. 12, 8 pm: Sunbury Plantation House, St. Philip — $40. Featuring Harvey Mason and Diana Jarrett
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 8 pm: Heritage Park/The Rum Factory, St. Philip — $25. Featuring David Burnett
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 8 pm: Garfield Sobers Complex, St. Michael — $75. Featuring James Blunt and Kite
Thursday, Jan. 15, 8 pm: Dinner Set at The Crane Resort & Residences, St. Philip — $100. Featuring Errol Ince
Friday, Jan. 16, 8 pm: Location TBD — $40. Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater
Saturday, Jan. 17, 12 Noon: Farley Hill National Park, St. Peter — $40. Featuring Angie Stone, Glenn Lewis and Nexcyx
Sunday, Jan. 18, 1 pm: Farley Hill National Park, St. Peter — $40. Featuring Chrisette Michele, Hilario Duran and BCC Jazz Project.
The closest Airport to Bridgetown, Barbados is the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). The Grantley Adams International airport is 16 km from the center of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Other airports close to Bridgetown, Barbados:
|Airport||Iata code||Distance (km)||Distance (miles)|
|Sir Grantley Adams International Airport||BGI||13,8||8,5|
|Hewanorra International Airport||UVF||160,9||100,0|
|E. T. Joshua Airport||SVD||172,9||107,4|
|J F Mitchell Airport||BQU||178,9||111,1|
|George F. L. Charles Airport||SLU||180,8||112,3|
|Union Island International Airport||UNI||202,6||125,9|
|Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport||FDF||223,6||139,0|
|Tobago-Crown Point Airport||TAB||254,2||158,0|
Currently 9 airlines fly into Grantley Adams International Airport:
Thomson Flights (Cheapest)
British Airways (2nd Cheapest)
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The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Bridgetown, Barbados during the festival period (Mid January) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list):
*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***
If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Bridgetown for as little as $18.42! - (Private rooms $23.46+)
I would recommend checking Bridgetown hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!
Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Barbados Jazz Festival.
We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Barbados Jazz Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.
Etienne Charles Band playing at the Barbados Jazz Festival 2010.
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