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The St. Lucia Jazz Festival is THE premier
Caribbean MUSIC festival.
This is true, despite controversy regarding the ratio of jazz
– soul – R&B (and not so jazz – soul –
R&B) artists’ chosen to perform, and other internal
politics which occasionally cause concern.
Flight delays not only affected the schedule of a few stage appearances,
but also affected my stop-over journey from the UK via Barbados
and my return to the UK via Barbados.
Despite these relatively minor hiccups, I would travel to St.
Lucia every week given the opportunity.
Of course, such a grand festival could not work
without the right musicians.
Whether they be Jazz, soul or other, musicians of all genres seem
to shine in St. Lucia.
Many patrons who attend this festival are not major music lovers;
they just come to join in the fun.
Many are just addicted to the energy and colourful vibe this festival
has to offer.
Lucian’s play a big part in the success
of St. Lucia jazz. Not only are they passionate about their island;
their friendly and open nature is the vital ingredient that gives
the St. Lucia Jazz Festival the edge over many other festivals.
With unmatched beautiful outdoor venues such
as Fond D’Or Nature Heritage Park, Pigeon Island,
Jazz on the Square and Jazz on the Beach, how can anyone afford
to miss this event?
The beauty of Pigeon Island
This spectacular outdoor venue just seems to
be ‘made for music’.
Pigeon Island is not only naturally beautiful, the St. Lucia Jazz
utilise every square inch of space to great effect (with more
than enough space left to chill).
With guaranteed musical delights, sun, food, drinks, souvenirs
clean air-conditioned rest rooms on offer, what
more could festival patrons ask for?
Credit has to be given to both sound and lighting
Sound quality is second-to-none, with group and solo instrumentation
being delivered cleanly.
Individual voices, whether backup, or solo can be heard and recognised.
The speed at which musician changeovers or impromptu appearances
are managed is also exemplary.
Overall, sound levels are extremely well balanced considering
the size and logistics of this venue.
As dusk falls, the stage and surrounding areas
are creatively lit
to give both patrons and photographers the best
view of an already stunning backdrop.
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