St Lucia Jazz Festival
St Lucia Jazz Festival 2014
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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 Akon, R. Kelly & The Jacksons (plus 50 others) in and around the beautiful island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
The Best of St. Lucia Jazz Festival (mixed years)
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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’.Show More History...
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:
Boys II Men
Manian Jr. Gong Marley
Kool & The Gang
Mary J. Blige
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.
More Photos in the ‘Gallery‘ Tab below.
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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|April 30, 2014||20:00||TBA||Mindoo Phillip Park||XCD $40, US $16 in advance|
XCD $50, US $20 at the door
|May 1st, 2014||14:00||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|May 2nd, 2014||19:00||TBA||Gros Islet Town||FREE|
|May 3rd, 2014||14:00||Shirley Ann Cyril|
Ronald “Boo” Hinkson
Vieux Fort Choral
|Fond D’Or Nature & Heritage Park||XCD $85.00|
|May 4th, 2014||15:00||Jacques 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 Park||FREE|
|May 4th, 2014||22:00||TBA||Fire Grill||FREE|
|May 5th, 2014||20:00||TBA||IGY Rodney Bay Marina||£14.00|
|May 5th, 2014||22:00||TBA||TBA||FREE|
|May 6th, 2014||17:30||Shayne Ross|
Derek Yarde Project
|Bay Walk Mall||FREE|
|May 6th, 2014||18:00||Ronald "Boo" Hinkson|
Regional Act (TBC)
Atlanta Promotion Winner
|J.Q. Charles Rodney Bay Mall||FREE|
|May 6th, 2014||19:00||Avoo Service|
Royal Saint Lucia Police Band
Trish featuring Teddyson John
Derek Yarde Project
|May 6th, 2014||22:00||TBA||TBA||FREE|
|May 7th, 2014||15:00||Chrycee & Soliel Band|
Total Experience featuring Transfix, Semi Francis & Alpha
|La Place Carenage||FREE|
|May 7th, 2014||17:30||Michael Robinson|
|Bay Walk Mall||FREE|
|May 7th, 2014||19:00||TBA||TBA||XCD $150.00|
|May 7th, 2014||22:00||TBA||TBA||FREE|
|May 8th, 2014||15:00||Skip Monday|
Eva Lucian Band
|La Place Carenage||FREE|
|May 8th, 2014||17:30||Skip Monday|
|Bay Walk Mall||FREE|
|May 8th, 2014||20:00||DeeDee Bridgewater|
|Gaiety on Rodney Bay||XCD $100.00|
|May 8th, 2014||22:00||TBA||Bay Walk Mall||FREE|
|May 9th, 2014||20:00||Teddyson John featuring Alison Hinds|
|Pigeon Island National Landmark||XCD $150.00|
|May 9th, 2014||22:00||TBA||TBA||FREE|
|May 10th, 2014||16:00||P Square|
Saint Lucia Expose ft Michael Robinson & Anesha Antoine
|Pigeon Island National Landmark||XCD $200.00|
|May 11th, 2014||14:00||Maxwell*|
Blue Mangó featuring Emiline Michel & James Germain
|Pigeon Island National Landmark||XCD $200.00|
|May 12th, 2014||22:00||TBA||TBA||FREE|
|May 7th – 11th, 2014||22:00-23:00||All artistes welcome||Fire Grill Restaurant|
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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:
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 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.
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).
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. ***
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.
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 Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways, Delta, Jet Blue, Air Canada, Westjet, Canjet, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor, LIAT, Air Caraibes, WinAir & 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 ):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 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Visit the Pitons
- ‘Zip’ through the rainforest
- Visit the Sulphur Springs Park
- 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 galleries, live festival news, transport 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.
- Wikipedia Page on St Lucia Jazz Festival
- Top 20 UNUSUAL (but somehow essential?!!) Festival Items
- 2013 Festival Review
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