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St Lucia Jazz Festival, Caribbean, 2020

May 7 - May 9

St Lucia Jazz Festival

The St Lucia Jazz Festival has grown over the years and is one of the most established in the Caribbean, outside of the carnivals.

A three-day jazz festival in St Lucia, one of the most visually-striking islands of the Lesser Antilles, what could be better this May.

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival has been cancelled. We will update this page with details of the 2021 Festival when announced.

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2020 Lineup

Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle will appear at the Jazz Festival in St Lucia

The headliners are Patti Labelle and Lisa Simone as well as Poppy Ajudha, Chick Correa trio, Shelea, Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings, Chucho Valdés, and Esperanza Spalding.

The venues are in different places: The Ramp, Gros Islet Park and Rodney Bay. The Rodney Bay concerts are free and there is one every night for the duration of the festival.

Sheléa will perform at the 2020 St Lucia Jazz Festival
Sheléa will perform at the 2020 St Lucia Jazz Festival

The schedule showing venues and artists can be viewed here.

The History of the St Lucia Jazz Festival

Since humble beginnings in 1992, this festival was grown in stature and has attracted great artists including Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, The Jacksons, Lauryn Hill, Santana and UB40.  

Many consider it to be the Caribbean’s premier jazz festival. It is organized in conjunction with the Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.


Other Things to Do on St Lucia

The Pitons, two steep volcanic peaks and protected as Unesco World Heritage Sites, can be hiked for their route through the rainforest and incredible views from the top.

Sulphur Springs is billed as one of very few drive-in volcanoes, but it also has mud baths that locals say have therapeutic properties.

Pigeon Island National Park features a ruined fort and has pleasant walks. On the west coast is the capital, Castries, that has a colourful market and is worth exploring.

Of course, there are the white sand beaches and great diving and snorkelling. Other sports include fishing, golf, sailing and cricket. For more inspiration, read Mike Pickup’s Things to Do in St Lucia: Caribbean Paradise.


Saint Lucia Jazz Festival 2020 Dates
The Chick Corea trio will also appear at the leading Caribbean jazz festival
The Chick Corea trio will also appear at the leading Caribbean jazz festival

Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 May, 2020.

For more on ticket prices click here. Many packages are available that take in the festival, some can be found here.

Flights to Saint Lucia

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There are direct international flights to the Hewanorra International Airport from Atlanta, Boston, London, Miami, New York and Toronto as well as many Caribbean destinations.

Hotels in St Lucia

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