The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Nes­tled in what has been termed the Cap­i­tal of Cas­tries, the Min­doo Phillip Park - ‘The Peo­ple’s Au­di­to­rium’ - will again serve as 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 D 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 the Saint Lu­cia 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 re­fresh 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.

Des­tra is ready to get ‘loose’!

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