Nestled in what has been termed the Capital of Castries, ‘The People’s Auditorium,’ – the Mindoo Phillip Park, will again serve as the home for the official Opening of the region’s most highly anticipated musical spectacle – the 24th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.
Carded for April 30th, thousands of festival goers are expected to flock to the popular venue for a lineup featuring an all-star cast of Caribbean powerhouses designed to jumpstart the festival.
Red hot Jamaican reggae superstar Chronixx will headline the Opening, which will also feature flamboyant Trinidad and Tobago Soca Queen Destra, who will be backed up by the Bakanal Band.
Veteran and decorated kaiso and soca phenomenon De Invader will lead the local cast of performers, which will also include reigning Groovy King, the versatile Arthur Allain, the melodic Sherwinn “Dupes” Brice and youth heart throbs Sedale &Wildfire.
“Not only are we planning to thrill audiences with the diverse all-star cast of regional and local entertainers down to perform at the Opening, we are also seeking to create that ‘wow factor’ when patrons enter the venue,” says Tourist Board’s Special Events Manager, Dahlia Guard.
According to Guard, “From the traditional set up involving the stage, artistes’ area, VIP, accommodation and concessionaire booths, to even the public entry points we aim to re-fresh this event and kick off the Jazz Festival season by creating a feeling of palpable excitement and energy that will permeate the entire 24th edition of the festival.”
The show starts promptly at 8pm and tickets are priced at EC$50/US$20 in advance (EC$60/US$24 at the gate) and are available at Steve’s Barber Shop and The Cell in Soufriere.
About the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is into its 24th year and opens on April 30th, 2015 at the Mindoo Phillip Park. The festival’s main headliners include singer/songwriter Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae musician and actor Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, acclaimed Paris-based pianist Alain Jean Mariefeaturing Grant Stewart and two-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFranceso.
Sponsors for the 2015 festival include Gold sponsors: Columbus Communications St. Lucia Limited, Digicel, Heineken, King Ocean, LUCELEC, Silver sponsors: Bank of St. Lucia, Coco Palm Resorts, Windjammer Landings, Exelsigns, Bronze Sponsors:Bay Gardens Resorts, Chairman’s, Royal by Rex Resorts, The Landings, RJB Hotel Supplies, LIAT 1974 Limited, KFC, Landmark Events, Collateral sponsors: Blue Waters, Guardsman, Johnnie Walker Black, Guy’s Rent-A Car, JP Chenet, Avis Rent A Car,Associate sponsor: Banana Boat, Duty free Caribbean.
Media partners include Platinum sponsor The Wave, Gold sponsors: Helen Television System/Radio 100, Radio Caribbean International, Daher Broadcasting Service, MBC TV/Real FM, Kairi FM, Silver sponsors: Hot FM, Choice TV and Radio St. Lucia.
For more information on the full lineup for Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2015 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto www.stluciajazz.org