Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Police lock off brings anticlimactic end to Sumfest Festival Night One

A police superintendent leaves the backstage area of Reggae Sumfest moments after locking off the event. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

A police superintendent leaves the backstage area of Reggae Sumfest moments after locking off the event. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Thousands of patrons were left disappointed after Montego Bay police pulled the plug on Reggae Sumfest Festival Night One before a note could be bellowed  by highly-anticipated closing acts, Chronic Law and Squash 6ix Boss - members of the 6ix - inside Catherine Hall in the second City on Saturday morning.

The show had run past its 6:00 am cut off time by two and a half hours when the security forces called a halt to the event. 

The leader of the 6ix, Squash is a Montego Bay-based artiste who has been enjoying a run of success in the dancehall genre lately and was one of the main draws on the mainly dancehall music themed opening night of the festival.

The police claim the show was ended because of the lateness and also due to profane language being used by entertainers that preceded both acts.

But that was little consolation for Squash's throng of fans who left the venue fuming and seething that they did not get to witness the act they had forked over their money to be entertained by.

“I wasted my money,” one woman told Loop News before storming off.

The opening night of the festival saw explosive performances from all the artistes who graced the stage.

Saturday night's edition will see headliners Buju Banton and Beres Hammond leading the charge. Other acts include Etana, Protoje, Jah 9, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo.

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