We all have the dream of seeing our favorite artists in concert one day and if you live on a small island like me, that dream mainly involves traveling to another country when that artist is on tour. But for me now, it involves waiting on the line up for the next CNSJF!
As I already mentioned, in my opinion this year was the biggest & best festival so far. Not only because artists such as Alicia Keys and Mana were headliners for the festival, but mostly because of the whole "On the road to CNSJF" as I would like to call it. For me this all started on July 20th with the Prince Royce concert and from there it was the different concerts the week prior to the weekend of the festival. On August 26th there was the (free) Kirk Franklin concert. Not even in a million years did I imagine seeing him in concert and let alone on my island. And so there were more concerts that week, including artists such as Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Tania Kross, Gregor Salto, Alain Clark and Gregory Porter. What I like the most about this event is that our local talents are not excluded. Every year you can find local artists as part of the program.
My experience with this festival started since its first year. I remember that year, John Legend was the highlight of the festival for me. Although I was standing in the front and took a lot of pictures, I still can't believe I saw John Legend in concert on my island. So surreal!!
All by all I can say that the organization of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival can look back at three spectacular years and the event getting bigger with the year. Personally I never doubted this event seeing the people behind it and their expertise. So I knew from the start that the money I paid was going to be worth it and I was right.
Honestly right now I can't wait for the announcements and confirmations of the artists for next year's line up!!