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Jazz dos & don'ts

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2013 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is held under the starry skies of Trelawny in Jamaica. Therefore, it is critical to be prepared. Here are a few tips to stay on track.

1. Be ready to have fun!

2 Walk with a blanket. Folding chairs or lounge chairs are a must.

3 Come early and secure a great parking spot and don't miss any of the performances.

4 Do not leave your ticket!

5 Go to the ATM and get cash. You might want to sample the tasty treats on sale.

6 Do not walk with any weapons as they are not permitted on the grounds.

7 Secure hotel reservations in advance. Many hotels close to the venue and even five miles away are booked from as early as August - five months in advance.

8 The show starts at around 6 p.m. and ends in the wee hours of the morning. Comfortable shoes are essential. Wedge heels and stylish sandals are appropriate. Stilettos and grass do not mix, ladies.

9 The festival is held outdoors, and with the cool winds coming from the north, expect a bit of a chill. Therefore, be prepared by packing a shawl cardigan, jacket and/or sweater.

Get your tickets!

Tickets are now available at


General admission: US$50 for Thursday night, and US$80 to access the venue on Friday and Saturday nights.

VIP tickets: US$120 each night.

Season passes: US$200, season passes which provide access to the event Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

VIP season passes: US$350

The organisers are offering savings on discounted weekend passes (Friday and Saturday only) at a rate of US$150.