The highly anticipated 24th annual St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival kicks off on Thursday 30th April 2015 at the Mindoo Phillip Park in Castries. The official opening show starts at 8pm and features Destra Garcia and the Bakanal Band, Chronixx, Dupse, Invader, Arthur Allain and Sedale feat. Wildfire.
This year’s festival offers something for everyone including over 50 events taking place throughout the island in just under 2 weeks. The island will come to life with a variety of local, regional and international music including reggae, jazz, RnB, calypso, soul, zouk and soca. In addition to music, there is also an opportunity to experience the best of St. Lucian art, cuisine and fashion.
Thursday 30th April 2015: The official opening featuring Destra Garcia and Chronixx
Friday 1st May 2015: Soufriere Creole Jazz featuring Jah Cure, WCK, Teddyson John, Barbera Cadet and Future Lights
Wednesday 6th May 2015: Saint Lucia Hot Couture at the Johnson’s Center, Rodney Bay
Wednesday 6th May 2015: Dinner Jazz at Rainforest Hideaway, Marigot Bay featuring the St. Lucia School of Music Quintet.
Friday 8th May 2015: Main Stage Event featuring Beres Hammond, Krosfyah and Meschach
Saturday 9th May 2015: Main Stage Event featuring Flo Rida, Jon Secada & Timbalive, Arturo Tappin, Pan Fusion
Sunday 10th May 2015: Main Stage Event Jazz Finale featuring Jimmy Cliff, Robin Thicke, Chrisette Michelle, Derede Williams and Jesse Billy.
Pigeon Island National Park – Home of the Main Stage Events
View from the Pigeon Island Fort
Pigeon Island makes the perfect tropical setting for the St. Lucia Jazz Main Stage. The island is steeped in history and has been home to both pirates and a naval base. Its strategic location at the northern tip of Saint Lucia provides fantastic views of Martinique, Rodney Bay and the north of St. Lucia.
The main stage benefits from cool breezes and Pigeon Island’s 44 acres provide plenty of space including quieter areas if desired away from the main concert action. The venue is also very family friendly and offers a chance to explore the former naval base.
Rodney Bay Village
Jazz on the Grill
Relax and unwind at these sessions hosted by the Fire Grill Restaurant in Rodney Bay. Jazz on the Grill is a well established and popular part of the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival in the heart of St. Lucia’s tourism district. It is a great opportunity to see some of St. Lucia’s best musicians and international artists perform live.
Some of the artists featuring this year include St. Lucia’s internationally accomplished Boo Hinkson, Shayne Ross, Barbara Cadet, Teddyson John, Groove Fusion feat. Rupert Lay, Jab Duplessis and Lightninig Stars International.
Fire Grill Jazz runs nightly from Sunday 3rd May to Monday 11th May. Most sessions begin at 7:30 pm although some start a little earlier. Admission is free.
Jazz on the Strip
These events run daily from Wednesday 06th May to Friday 08th May in Rodney Bay Village. St. Lucia’s Kayo, Boo Hinkson, Michael Robinson and Skip Monday will be performing.
Sessions commence at 5:30 pm and admission is free.
Soufriere Creole Jazz
The Pitons, Soufriere, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Soufriere is located on the south-west coast of St. Lucia and is home to some of the island’s top resorts and tourist attractions including The Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Performing at this event will be Jamaican reggae superstar Jah Cure, Dominica’s WCK credited with creating their own genre of music in the 80’s known as Bouyon, St. Lucia’s legenday Barbara Cadet, Teddyson John and Future Lights.
Dinner Jazz at Rainforest Hideaway, Marigot Bay
Marigot Bay is located on the west coast of St. Lucia and is one of the most picturesque bays in the Caribbean. The marina boasts a number of resorts, restaurants and bars.
The Rainforest Hideaway, one of St. Lucia’s finest restaurants, is hosting nightly events from Sunday 3rd May to Saturday 9th May.
This is a great opportunity to explore Marigot Bay and listen to a variety of artists in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.
Featured artists include Allison Marquis, Zack Popo, Christa, Clarence Joseph, The St. Lucia School of Music Jazz Quintet, Jab Duplesis, Hilary Lewis, Emerson Nurse and Empress Ila.
Admission is free and events begin at 7pm each evening.
St. Lucia Jazz Tickets
Tickets are available to purchase online and through selected ticket outlets.
Tickets are available from The Cell outlets at Jeremie Street, Castries, Baywalk Mall and Clarke Street, Vieux Fort. Also available from Splendour Gifts and More at Gablewoods Mall.
Children under 5 can attend the main events free and there is a reduced priced for children aged 6-12 years.