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UK Boy Band JLS to Tour Antigua

Colin-James-introduces-JLSAntigua St John's - One of the United Kingdom’s most popular boy-bands will be in Antigua for the next week, celebrating the birthday of one of its leading members, Antigua native Jonathan Benjamin Gill.

The group JLS arrived to a welcome reception organised by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority in the VIP Lounge at the VC Bird International Airport on Wednesday.

Gill came home with his three fellow band members - Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and Ortise Williams - and a 16-man entourage. They will be staying at Carlisle Bay for the duration of the trip.

A few close relatives greeted Gill and his team in the lounge before he was whisked away in a police escorted limousine.
The Tourism Authority has organised tours and other events for the visiting celebrities.

CEO Colin James commended Gill for his role as an ambassador for Antigua & Barbuda, and the many benefits yielded through his representation.

James encouraged the group to spread the word on their location to their fans and supporters through social and other mediums.

Gill celebrated his birthday on December 7.

Tourism Officer Robert Samuel explained that the Authority did not have to inject any money, into this trip, and the band has agreed to promote Antigua during its trip at no cost.
After the group wraps up its vacation next Wednesday, it will head straight into a planned European tour.


JLS is one of the most successful young bands in the UK with pop and R&B music, having shot to superstardom in less than two years after a talent show. The group has three UK number one singles, over four platinum debut albums, two 2009 MOBO Awards, and two 2010 BRIT trophies.


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#14 happy to see this » 2011-12-24 10:24

Inspiring... Antigua more power to you!!! Many artist are trying to get to this place in the game. It's good to know that when you get there you're people will acknowledge you and put out a little home pride for you.
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#13 Disgusted » 2011-12-20 08:36

If most of you regular bloggers would invest as much time into your own lives that you spend on trying to find something negative to say on every article published, maybe, just maybe, Antigua would be a better place. How does that saying go again?.....empty vessels.........
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i love jls

#12 laura 911 » 2011-12-19 07:21

heyya jls i am one of your biggest fanes in the uk and i love your lates song do you feel what i feel i feel that you all are the best boys in the uk and i can not what ontill march 2012 i am comeing to see you in the lg arena in birmingham and i love all your music and i would love astion to show his body to all the fanes and u marvin and i wish you all the best in the future love you u forever love from your bigges fane laura :-)
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#11 red mist » 2011-12-18 19:59

Lol dyu know what's funny. You dont realise how many English people have been hearing about amd planning to come see Antigua cos of JB, its not about this one off trip. This generation dont know jazzy b, soul 2 soul or Eric Clapton. He is a NATIVE promoting this country. That's why the extra hospitality. Coulda gone any island but he came back here. Do you think I asked for all this stuff, no so don't blame him for your government decisions
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oh behave.

#10 lethal. » 2011-12-18 17:51

dem boys look like xisxxs. dem na hab nuttin pon boy george. me lub boy george. dem dey a follow fashion. rainbow boys, dat a wha dem look like :D
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#9 Johnny » 2011-12-18 15:14

You Caribarena bloggers bring politics into everything. We know that you all hate the UPP, but keep it out of tourism. You might have never heard of JLS because most of Antigua's media comes from the USA. But this band has sold over 2 million records, they have 1,685,210 likes on FB, and 591,358 followers on twitter. Thats more clout that Tian, Claudette and Tizzy combined could get Antigua. So stop the hating!
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...Jack the Lad Swing...

#8 Jumbee Picknee » 2011-12-18 12:08

Greetings peeps, I too, have never heard of the group, but then again I have never heard of hundreds of entertainers who are popular. The entertainment industry is a trillion dollar one, and if we, in our Nation, where there are natural talent's abounding can harness, mold, nuture these, we can steer some of our wanton youths into a more positive light. Police is often used as security but at the expense of the promoter/production team. Can they promote our Nation in a positve light? SURE, MOS DEF. Food for thought, in the unversal world of commercialization, where been in the spotlight is of utmost importance for optimun benefits/profits, ISN'T ALL THE HYPE WORTH IT? ...me garne, guarne BIG UP R U SELF, Jack the Lad Swing...JLS
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#7 Chomsky » 2011-12-18 11:30

Sir Viv Richards, Curtley Ambrose and Richie Richardson are our biggest Ambassadors here in the UK. They will be long remembered when Lester and Baldwin is gone... Peace
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#6 Chomsky » 2011-12-18 11:29

Great news for Antigua.. One of the most popular bands in the UK. Big respect to JB and the other guys.
I am not sure what was the reasoning behind the police Escort?
Antigua reward accolades from bottom to top, rather than from the top to the bottom.
Jazzy B and Soul 2 Soul has sold 60 million Albums world wide. Over the last 8 years, Back to Life has bought around 200 people to Antigua on a yearly visit. The visit is consist of 1 week of activities, where locals and tourist are able to attend.
What is JLS bringing to Antigua? 16 people on a one off visit? Where is Jazzy's police Escort? Has been awarded an Ambassador role?
Eric Clapton has a rehab and a house in Antigua, has probably sold more records overall than Jazzy? Eric a great promoter for Antigua in more ways than one. Both Jazzy and Eric employ full time staff in Antigua (regardless if they are on Island) Constantly supporting our Economy.
Where are the out riders when they arrive?
Get with the program Colin.. The people who contribute to real development of Antigua, gets know acknowledgements. We will never progress with this sort of bias attitude.
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#5 eli » 2011-12-18 11:11

have to agree with GC. This government has almost no money for fisheries so their (paper only) marine parks, no money for for coast guard to do what they want to and need to do, almost no money for tourism marketing, almost no money for port authority boat maintenance, almost no money for environment division, and the list goes on.... how and why do they spend money on these police escorts? I think the people of Antigua are less safe on the roads with them zooming by and overtaking around corners. The passengers (VIPs) are way less safe. This silly policy must stop.
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#4 GoodJobBob » 2011-12-18 10:13

You can only have one "debut" album. (Oh, and they're called CDs now, you don't even need a needle to play them!)

Was the editor moonlighting at the FSRC?
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#3 Fan » 2011-12-18 08:27

Hope they're enjoying their holiday, it looks like a lovely place.
They have 5 number ones not 3 :)
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#2 charlieee » 2011-12-18 08:03

So proud of my boys! My wish for JLS is to promote worldwide and everyone to live them because this is what they deserve! Hope they tour in argintina
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Police escorted limousine??? Really people...

#1 GC » 2011-12-18 03:11

"Whisked away in a Police escorted limousine"??? Really??? Was that even necessary??? And at the expense of taxpayers!!! Whisked away from who by the way???

I've never even heard of this group until now, (not that it makes a difference), and I'm quite sure that they would have been safe getting to the hotel with a regular car and driver like everyone else, without anyone even knowing who they were, let alone even bothering them. This would be unheard of in the US. Citizens would have been outraged and someone on the force would have taken severe heat for that. Once again, only in Antigua where everything is done backwards and twisted with no accountability.

Taxpayers' dollars should have been used more efficiently. These policemen who were used as "bodyguards" should have been at work trying to help solve the so many "unsolved" crimes in Antigua. Get your priorities straight people!!!
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