Caribbean Holidays: Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

By: Maxine Sheppard

February 22, 2013

Music fan? If you’re heading to Jamaica for some winter sun – or you’re someone who’s still deciding where to go – then replace the January blues with the real thing this year, at the 17th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which takes place at the Trelawny Stadium in Montego Bay from 24-26 January.

The annual festival is the Caribbean’s most-anticipated music event and has gone from strength to strength over the past two decades, outgrowing several venues in the process and playing host to more and more big name stars each year, with superstars like Diana Ross, Earth, Wind and Fire, Al Green, Alica Keys and Bo Diddley having graced the stage in recent years.

This January’s festival will see Grammy Award-winning artists Mary J Blige, Dionne Warwick and John Legend headline the event, along with performances from Michael Bolton, KC and the Sunshine Band and US R&B star Monica. A host of home grown and regional stars will also be entertaining the crowds, with the likes of local reggage legends Rootz Underground and Barbadian saxophonoist Arturo Tappin also taking to the stage, the latter having made his name playing with Luther Vandross and Roberta Flack. It’s also just been announced that Chaka Demus and Pliers will be added to the bill for the first night, Thursday 24th January.

General admission tickets cost from £31 per person, per night and from £93 for a weekend ticket (Friday and Saturday) which includes access to the general areas of the venue. VIP admission tickets cost from £75 per person, per night and from £143 for a weekend ticket, which also includes closer access to the stage and unreserved seats. Children under 10 enter for free.

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To book your holiday or to find perfect hotels in Montego Bay, take a look at the range of Jamaica holidays offered by Virgin Holidays.

Virgin Atlantic operates flights to Jamaica (Montego Bay) from London Gatwick.

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Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.