Sunday 29 November, 2020

Popcaan production manager says on stage push was no big deal

Popcaan performs at Reggae Sumfest earlier this year.

Popcaan performs at Reggae Sumfest earlier this year.

Popcaan production manager Shane Brown has come to the defence of the dancehall artiste, who has been lambasted in the media for shoving a production worker who attempted to interrupt his set, during a recent sold-out event at the Wembley Arena in London. 

A video clip has been making the rounds which shows a man walking up to Popcaan, approaching him from behind and whispering something in his ear. The unidentified male got a shove in the chest from the 'Unruly Boss' and left the stage embarrassed as Popcaan continued his set. Several online media outlets published the story, pointing to the onstage incident, one hiccup in the middle of a stellar set.  

Brown of Juke Boxx Productions/Unruly Entertainment/SMA Production said the incident was "much ado about nothing" and just illustrates how the media selectively chooses to concentrate on negativity for their own ulterior motives. 

"It's quite unfortunate that after an historic sold out event at Wembley Arena with one act, with no opening act, the highlight is about Popcaan pushing someone who is a member of his team," Brown told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. 

"It's quite unfortunate that an inexperienced member of the team took it upon himself without permission to walk on the stage while Popcaan was addressing his audience of over 12,500 people to tell him it's soon time to get off the stage. If Popcaan were to really have pushed him the right way, that person wouldn't have been standing without even a stumble and If you noticed Poppy laughed it off as if it was merely prank; the audience in turn laughed as well."

Popcaan's performance at Wembley arena was a sold-out event with thousands of potential patrons turned away at the gate. 

There was a glowing review in The Guardian newspaper in the UK, regarding the event that partly read: "Tonight, markers of success abound. The place is sold out, and a number of the 11,000 enthusiasts have visited the merch stand, where sweatshirts embroidered with his “Unruly” logo cost £50. The show’s production values, moreover, are high end: last time he played London, it was on a bare stage with a DJ for company, but tonight there’s big-budget pyro and inventive graphics projected on to five screens."


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