St Lucia Jazz Festival

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2014
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St Lucia Jazz Festival 2014

Location
St Lucia, Caribbean
Venue
Pigeon Island
Lat/Long
14.093458, -60.962422 (View Map)
Dates
12 Days (Wed, 30 Apr 2014 - Sun, 11 May 2014)
Ticket Price
Free - $196 per performance
Status
Festival Planned
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Join the thousands of people heading to the 2014 St Lucia Jazz Festival. Now in its 23rd year, this annual jazz festival has featured some of the biggest names in jazz music to date. This year’s festival you’ll have performances from AkonR. Kelly & The Jacksons (plus 50 others) in and around the beautiful island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

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History

St Lucia Jazz Festival Poster 1992

St Lucia Jazz Festival Poster 1992

The St Lucia Jazz festival has been around since 1992 and was initially started to help increase tourism into St Lucia in May time which was traditionally a very quiet tourism time in the area.

In the first few years the festival was held over 4 locations but as it has grown the festival has now expanded over several locations over the island (see ‘Venues’ below).

The festival celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2011, an outstanding achievement as many other islands in the surrounding areas had tried to host jazz festivals and failed miserably. Now ranked as the 2nd best Caribbean festival, coming second only to the T&T’s Carnival. Many people say its one of the best Jazz Festivals in the world including well known George Wein, the famous US jazz promoter, who ranks it as ‘in the top three jazz festivals in the world’.

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Whilst primarily a jazz festival, in 2013, the festival was re-branded and named the St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival and now hosts the St Lucia HOT Couture, the Cultural Explosion, St Lucia Sound Stage, and Blu Session – Word in an Altered Scale. From this year on you’ll now find dance performances, art shows, theatres and culinary art shows in various locations around the island. You’ll find many ‘fringe activities’ associated with the jazz festival including the most well known ‘Jazz in the South’ which by all accounts could be a festival in itself.

If you go to the Saint Lucia Jazz fest you’ll not only see jazz performances but also R&B, HipHop and some pop. The festival has been host to some great acts over the years, some of which include:

 

Diana Ross
John Legend
Natalie Cole
Al Green
Rihanna
Seal
Babyface
Anita Baker
UB40
Ashanti
Third World
James Carter
Boys II Men
Manian Jr. Gong Marley
Smokey Robinson
Wyclef Jean
Luther Vandross
Gladys Knight
Herbie Hancock
Kool & The Gang
Mary J. Blige
Chaka Khan
Jeffrey Osborne
Amy Winehouse

In 2013, 3,500 people came to the island for the sole purpose of attending the festival and at the April 30 show at Mindoo Phillip Park some 6,000 people attended with 7,000+ paid ticket holders attended the closing May 12 performance which was headlined by R. Kelly.

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Lineup & Programme

The 2014 St Lucia Jazz Festival Lineup / Programme is shown below. Approximately 50 artists in total will be performing at this years festival.

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A table showing the dates, times and performance info for the St Lucia Jazz Festival 2014.
Date
Start Time
Performing Artists
Venue
Price
April 30, 201420:00TBAMindoo Phillip ParkXCD $40, US $16 in advance
XCD $50, US $20 at the door
May 1st, 201414:00TBATBATBA
May 2nd, 201419:00TBAGros Islet TownFREE
May 3rd, 201414:00Shirley Ann Cyril
Ronald “Boo” Hinkson
Vieux Fort Choral
Avoo Service
Fond D’Or Nature & Heritage ParkXCD $85.00
US $34.00
May 4th, 201415:00Jacques Schwarz Bart's Jazz Racine Haiti, featuring Erol Josué
Grégory Privat and the Children of Cyparis
The Shomari and Wendell Jazz Project
Rudy John Beach ParkFREE
May 4th, 201422:00TBAFire GrillFREE
May 5th, 201420:00TBAIGY Rodney Bay Marina£14.00
May 5th, 201422:00TBATBAFREE
May 6th, 201417:30Shayne Ross
Derek Yarde Project
Bay Walk MallFREE
May 6th, 201418:00Ronald "Boo" Hinkson
Regional Act (TBC)
Atlanta Promotion Winner
J.Q. Charles Rodney Bay MallFREE
May 6th, 201419:00Avoo Service
Royal Saint Lucia Police Band
Trish featuring Teddyson John
Invader
Derek Yarde Project
MonchyFREE
May 6th, 201422:00TBATBAFREE
May 7th, 201415:00Chrycee & Soliel Band
Total Experience featuring Transfix, Semi Francis & Alpha
La Place CarenageFREE
May 7th, 201417:30Michael Robinson
Aisha Gustave
Bay Walk MallFREE
May 7th, 201419:00TBATBAXCD $150.00
US $60.00
May 7th, 201422:00TBATBAFREE
May 8th, 201415:00Skip Monday
Eva Lucian Band
La Place CarenageFREE
May 8th, 201417:30Skip Monday
TBA
Bay Walk MallFREE
May 8th, 201420:00DeeDee Bridgewater
Omar Sosa
Gaiety on Rodney BayXCD $100.00
US $40.00
May 8th, 201422:00TBABay Walk MallFREE
May 9th, 201420:00Teddyson John featuring Alison Hinds
Barrington Levy
Alternative Quartet
Pigeon Island National LandmarkXCD $150.00
US $60.00
May 9th, 201422:00TBATBAFREE
May 10th, 201416:00P Square
Elvis Crespo
KEM
Saint Lucia Expose ft Michael Robinson & Anesha Antoine
Pigeon Island National LandmarkXCD $200.00
US $80.00
May 11th, 201414:00Maxwell*
The Commodores
TBA*
Tessane Chin
Monty Alexander
Blue Mangó featuring Emiline Michel & James Germain
Pigeon Island National LandmarkXCD $200.00
US $80.00
May 12th, 201422:00TBATBAFREE
May 7th – 11th, 201422:00-23:00All artistes welcomeFire Grill Restaurant
Delirius
Jam Sessions

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Official lineup page

Headlining acts for 2013 included Akon, R. Kelly, The Jacksons and the Konshens.

Venue

Map of St Lucia Jazz Festival.

Map of St Lucia Jazz Festival.

There are multiple venues for this year’s St Lucia Jazz Festival with the main stage just inside the entrance to Pigeon Island. The map to the right will help.

Other venues include:

La Place Carenage

Fond D’Or Heritage Park

Derek Walcott Square “Jazz on the Square”

Jazz In the South

“Jazz in the South” started out in 1997 as a small community activity. It quickly distinguished itself through great planning, support and excellent artiste selection as one of the main actors in the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, with its focus on Caribbean and Creole Jazz. “Jazz in the South” is an offspring of Labowi Promotions, established by a small group of people from the southern village of Laborie. It is a cultural project with the ambition to promote and support Caribbean music and musicians, including those residing in the diasporas of Europe and North America, by exposing their work and giving them opportunities to meet, collaborate and create. It is also a community-based project, rooted in the South of Saint Lucia, conceived as an instrument to support economic activity, business opportunities and social cohesion in host communities. This year, Jazz in the South concerts will take place at four different venues, including the magical Balenbouche Estate in Choiseul, the Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie and Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in Vieux Fort. In addition, Jazz in the South will for the first time include a concert in Castries, at the National Cultural centre. – St Lucia Jazz

Soufriere Jazz

Soufriere Jazz has been touted by many as being the epitome of village jazz. Another Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival must do, Soufriere hosts a myriad of shows at various locations around the town. Jazz on the Waterfront, Sulphur Springs Jazz at the world renowned and only drive-in-Volcano and Jazz at Fond Gens Libre all adorn a delightful calendar that seeks to please any would be patron. - St Lucia Jazz

For more venue information please visit the festivals interactive venue map.

Tickets

The ticket prices for St Lucia Jazz Festival vary from free to US$196 depending on ticket type and what performance you go and see. For a full list of the 2013 ticket prices you can visit the Saint Lucia Now Jazz Festival Page.

Tickets can be purchased at The Jazz Shop At Pointe Seraphine tel. 1-758-451-8566 or online at http://stluciajazztickets.universitytickets.com/ (page appears to not be working correctly at time of listing).

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Saint Lucia during the festival period (early May) 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. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in St Lucia for as little as $29.30!

I would recommend checking St Lucia 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!

If you wanted to stay at a camp-site this year you could check out KZN Wildlife who offer camping options at Eden Park.

Flights & Transportation

The nearest international airport to St Lucia Jazz Festival is Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and is located approximately 50 km from Pigeon Island (you could also try the George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) which is located on the outskirts of the Castries).

There are currently 15 airlines that fly into St Lucia: United AirlinesAmerican AirlinesUS AirwaysDeltaJet BlueAir CanadaWestjetCanjetBritish AirwaysVirgin AtlanticCondorLIATAir CaraibesWinAir & Air Antilles Express.

To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner as they take 0% commission and are rarely beaten on price. Feel free to do a quick check on prices using their official flight checker below (note: Results will open in a new browser window so you won’t leave this page  8-) ):

Show Bus, Taxi and Car Rental Info...

Local Bus Info

The cheapest method of getting around on St Lucia is via the local buses which are actually privately owned minivans and loop around the whole island stopping off at pretty much all towns. Buses will need to be flagged down as there are no official bus stops on the islands. They run until 10pm (later on Friday nights) and hardly run at all on Sunday.

Fares are cheap EC$2.5 – EC$10 depending on journey length. Try to pay in the local currency and not USD$ as otherwise you’ll get over charged. Some bus drivers will not accept USD.

More bus information and timetables can be found at the Saint Lucia Bus website.

Taxis

Taxis on the island are not cheap and can be picked up from taxi stands and called for over the telephone. A taxi fare from Castries to Hewanorra Airport is about EC$120, from Castries to Rodney Bay is about EC$40. Up to four persons can ride for the price of one. Mini-buses can be hired for groups of up to 10 for a slightly higher price.

If booking a taxi I would recommend ‘Christopher Taxi Services‘ they seem to have good reviews on Trip Advisor. More taxi numbers can be found here.

Car Rental

Three main car rental companies operate the island: Avis, Hertz and National (plus some smaller companies which are often cheaper). All three of the main companies operate from the airports and have local offices inland. You can rent a small car with unlimited mileage for around US$65/day. 4×4 vehicles are a little more expensive but recommended if touring the island as the roads are not great, especially after rainfall.

You can also rent motorcycles from the car rental companies but it is not advisable as the local drivers are a little on the wild side and the terrain doesn’t make for easy riding.

Interview

We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the St Lucia 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.

Outside of the Festival

If you’re coming to St Lucia especially for the jazz festival then it would be a shame to not indulge yourself in some of the other attractions the island has to offer whilst you’re here. With a nickname of “Helen of the West Indies” you’re sure to find some great things to do in her lush mountainous landscape. To name a few of the best attractions:

The Pitons

The Pitons

  1. Visit the Pitons
  2. Zip’ through the rainforest
  3. Visit the Sulphur Springs Park
  4. See the Fond Doux plantatio

If you require any further information on this festival or would like to leave a message for others then please use the comments section below.

NB. You will also find tabs below which display photo gallerieslive festival newstransport information etc – make sure you check them out before you leave and visit again soon as festival pages are being continually updated with new info.

Additional Resources

Post last updated by Paul Thomson on April 30, 2014
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