The Island of St. Lucia is well known for its beautiful flora and great weather, and whichever way you turn there is bound to be a picturesque view waiting for you. It has also been attracting people for its musical festival hosted every may which was introduced back in 1991 to lift the island nation between its peak holiday seasons.
There are some serious names from the music industry that take an interest in this festival such as Monty Alexander. The Jamaican born pianist who played many classics that he had reworked over a 40 year career, including a great rendition of No Woman, No Cry. Artists who have graced the event in the past are none other than Carlos Santana, Dionne Warwick, UB40, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Kahn and Estelle. Having attracted such names the event’s organisers hope to keep the headline acts coming, and this year they hope to bring in Joss Stone and Michael Buble.
The core theme behind the festival is Jazz and the acts that appear are mainly built up around that. You can enjoy the Teatime Jazz session at LaPlace Carenage mall, or gospel music delights Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. You will find that the festival goes way beyond headline acts so it is definitely worth heading to the Gaiety Club, Pigeon Island and the fantastic national park in the North West.
The music festival is much adored on the island and it really is a spectacular event with great live acts. The president of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association Anthony Bowen said that “This is a huge event on the social calendars here,” and underlines the importance of the festival on the island.