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  • The festival is slated to take place from January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.
  • The production team will be moving into the stadium in a matter of days.
  • This year’s show will showcase a wide range of musical genres, to satisfy various age groups.

Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival say that all is in place for the staging of the three-day show.

A key event on the Jamaica’s annual music calendar, the festival is slated to take place from January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, which has become the show’s home venue.

With several major local and international acts already booked for the three-day show, Associate Producer for the event, Junior Taylor, told JIS News that “it is now full steam ahead”.

He said that the production team will be moving into the stadium in a matter of days. “At which point, we will start to build out the stage, booths, Sky boxes, all of those facilities that will be available to the patrons.  As far as our organisation goes, we are up and running, we have tickets available online, ticket outlets are fully stocked with tickets and there is a lot of activity there,” Mr. Taylor stated.

He noted that this year’s show will showcase a wide range of musical genres, to satisfy various age groups. The first night of Thursday, January 30, which is usually dedicated to Jamaican music, will feature veteran entertainer Marcia Griffiths, who is celebrating 50 years in the music business, plus many other major local acts.

Mr. Taylor pointed out that the production team has held the price for entry at the same level as last year, and ticket sales have been going at a steady pace.

The business community in Falmouth has also been preparing for the increased business to be generated from the staging of the event, with thousands of locals and nationals expected to descend on the town for the occasion.

According to Mr. Taylor, security arrangements will be at its best, as preliminary meetings have already been held with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to deal with the expected influx of people and vehicles to the area.

“The 2014 staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is not to be missed. We have a huge catalogue of artistes, and the festival vibes that we have created over the years will be here again,” he stated.

The show starts at 6:00 p.m. each day, with gates to open at 4:30 p.m.