Saturday 5 December, 2020

Caribbean festivals you don’t want to miss in the next six months

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has dubbed 2019 The Year of Festivals and rightly so.

From Guyana to Cuba, the Caribbean is chock full of festivals spanning everything from food to diving.

For the music lovers especially, the first half of the year will be an exciting one with a number of music festivals planned for all sorts of tastes. While soca and reggae are the main sounds of the Caribbean, the beauty of the region provides the perfect backdrop for all genres of music to be celebrated.

Here are some music festivals that will be putting the spotlight on the Caribbean in the first six months of 2019.

Kaaboo Festival

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Feb 15 and 16

Described as the perfect weekend escape, the Kaaboo Music Festival is one for music lovers. The event will see the likes of Duran Duran, Blondie, Salt n Pepa, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, Counting Crows and Maxi Priest. The weekend lineup also includes comedy, art and food.

SXM Festival

St Martin

March 13 to 17

The SXM is a festival where House and Techno music is celebrated in a scenic island paradise. Now in its second year, the festival boasts a top line up of electronic DJs from around the world such as Audiofly from Dubai, DJ W!ld from France and the legendary Fumiya Tanaka.

Vujaday Music Festival

April 3 to 7


Described on the event website as a thoughtfully curated selection of musical and cultural experiences, Vujaday will bring together the top-tier house and techno artists such as Bob Moses, Sasha, Lee Burridge, Moodymann and DJ Tennis.

New Fire Festival

April 12 -14


New Fire Festival is the Caribbean's premier Transformational Festival. More than just the music and art, the festival is a dynamic, warm, inclusive, transformational experience. NFF creates an ever-evolving space for progressive cultural expression while adhering to strong principles of ecological sustainability. It is an eco-smart event that promotes the care of the environment. Camp for the weekend and participate in various activities during the day and enjoy wonderful music in the concerts over the two nights. This year New Fire returns to the picturesque Ortinola Estate nestled in the lush hills of Acono, in Maracas, St. Joseph".

Tobago Jazz Experience

April 25 to 28

The three-day festival on the island of Tobago features local, regional and international acts in a range of musical genres. So far, for 2019, the only act revealed is crooner Michael Bolton.


Negril, Jamaica

April 30 to May 5

A five-day festival that celebrates wellness, cannabis, reggae, house music and sustainability, Tmrw.Tday will feature Protoje, Teflon Zinc Fence, NYC reggae aficionado and Red Bull Radio host Max Glazer of Federation Sound, and founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell, who is one of the people most responsible for introducing the world to reggae music. For House music fans, there will be the electronic legend Dubfire, who in addition to a house set will also be catering to the Tmrw.Today vibe with a Live Dub/Reggae Set.

St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

May 6 to 12

Now one of the events in the Soleil Summer Festival, the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival brings to the Caribbean some of the best in jazz talent from around the world. This year’s line-up is yet to be revealed.

St Kitts Music Festival

June 26 to 30

The St Kitts Music Festival is one of the longest running music festivals in the Caribbean. Here, popular North American acts share a stage with some of the Caribbean’s top performers. This year will be no different as Buju Banton is scheduled to perform along with Smokey Robinson, Popcaan and Davido. More artists will soon be announced.

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