This year’s Tobago Jazz Experience is bigger than all the others gone before, says John Arnold, event coordinator at the Division of Tourism and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly.
Tickets are already sold out for World Music Night, April 25, featuring John Legend and Brandy, but a further 2,500 tickets will be made available at all authorised distributors on Tuesday.
Anticipating a crowd in excess of 8,000 for that show, which is 2,000 more than previous years, Arnold cautions that, “when these are sold out, no more will be printed, because there simply is no more space available.”
As well as bringing together some fine music for locals to enjoy, the event also attracts more visitors to the island, which brings more money for Tobago businesses from car rentals, accommodation, food, drink, and so on. And with more than 40,000 people expected on the island for Jazz from April 16 to 29, Arnold says the Division is in talks with Caribbean Airlines about scheduling additional flights to Tobago.
Motorists won’t have to worry about their vehicles as secure parking will be available for free at the Store Bay Beach Facility in Crown Point. Security in general has been beefed up this year with the support of the National Operations Centre.
A shuttle service with 40 buses will be provided to take ticket-holders from the car park at Store Bay to the Pigeon Point Heritage Park on the three paid nights, World Music Night, Youthopia and Beach Jazz Fiesta on April 25, 26 and 27 respectively. Arnold stressed genuine tickets can only be bought from authorised dealers, and that all tickets will be carefully scanned and validated.
VIP ticket-holders can choose to sit or stand and will be given a wrist-band and chit that entitles them to three food items and two drinks. Coolers are allowed at the free events from April 19 to 24 but not for the big weekend.
Heineken is sponsoring well-stocked bars for both VIP and general areas, and patrons can also expect a wide range of local food from 45 vendors. Arnold also advises that patrons take umbrellas, in case of rain.
World Music Night on April 25 is the main night and the show opens with Dil-e-Nadan, Brandy, and headliner John Legend, and ends with Bunji, Faye-Ann and the Asylum Vikings.
Limited tickets are also still available for Youthopia on Saturday, April 26, featuring NBC’s The Voice winner, Jamaican Tessanne Chin; and for Beach Jazz Fiesta on Sunday, April 27, with Keyshia Cole and soul masters Earth Wind and Fire.
The Tobago Jazz Experience is owned by the Division of Tourism and Transportation of the Tobago House of Assembly and it is one of the many initiatives used to increase Tobago’s visibility in the local, regional and international tourism market.
The annual festival presents an opportunity to promote the Tobago brand, stimulate economic activity for the Tourism Business Unit and showcase to the world everything the island has to offer.
Jazz in the East – April 19, Speyside Recreational Grounds, 5 p.m.
Hillside Jazz – April 20, Signal Hill Recreational Grounds, 5 p.m.
Mt Pleasant Sports Day – April 21, Mt Pleasant Recreational Grounds, 11 a.m.
Buccoo Goat Races – April 22, Buccoo Integrated Facility, 1 p.m.
Jazz on the Waterfront – April 23, Scarborough Esplanade, 6 p.m.
Northside Jazz – April 24, Castara Beach, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
World Music Night – April 25, Pigeon Point Heritage Park (PPHP), 7.30 p.m.
Youthopia – April 26, PPHP, 7.30 p.m.
Jazz on the Beach – April 26 and 27, Mt. Irvine Bay, 11 a.m.
Beach Jazz Fiesta – April 27, PPHP, 4 p.m.
For more information visit: www.tobagojazzexperience.com