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All systems go - Jazz organisers confident about plans

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM

The Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium is abuzz with activity as the production teams put the final touches on the venue in preparation for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

With just hours to go, organisers of the event say it's all systems go for the 17th staging of the festival. Producers and fans are gearing up for three nights of incredible performances from a host of local and international artistes.

All the elements that make the Jazz and Blues Festival a success, including lighting, stage, music, vendors, venue, food court, transportation and performers, will come together for another airtight production.

Walter Elmore, executive producer of the festival, is confident that all is in place for the three-day event.

"We are ready to go; sound and lights are up, vendors are in place, systems and checks and balances are in place, so we are ready for today at 5 p.m. when the gates open," he said.

Sydney Reid, venue manager, said that everything is ready for the show tonight.

"Everything is on target for the festival. The ground is looking very good, compared to last year. It's green and lush," said Reid.

preparations for traffic

He pointed out that there are special measures in place to address traffic concerns.

"The traffic is specially attended to this year. We have great improvements to ensure there is no repeat of last time," said Reid.

"We have been looking at ways and means to keep the flow and we have worked out a method to keep traffic flowing. We have put in signs to encourage people to use the 'park and ride' site in Falmouth and to advise how we'll travel on the day," he continued.

En route to the stadium, there will be three lanes of traffic going in ahead of the show, which will be reversed to accommodate the traffic leaving the venue after the show. "Traffic will all be directed based on where they enter the compound," said Reid.

A 'park and ride' system is in place for patrons to park at a specified location on Market Street in Falmouth and travel on shuttle buses to the venue.

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.