There’s just under five weeks to go until Jamaica’s annual ‘Sting’ stage show takes place. Whilst many argue that Gully Bop, Tarrus Riley and Capleton (left) stole last year’s show with lively sets and energetic performances, it came to an abrupt end when the clash segment didn’t go to plan. Specifically, trouble ignited between the entourages of Demarco and Masicka. Shortly after this, a physical altercation ensued between Kiprich and Blak Ryno who appeared onstage for a rematch of their clash which took place the previous year (see review here). Bottles were hurled, gunshots fired, stampedes occurred and many had to run for cover.
Sting’s increasingly amplified unrest has garnered a barrage of criticism. The views of online users such as ‘JA4LIFE’ and ‘simojo’ demonstrate this opposed school of thought (below):
Suddenly – as if Sting’s producers felt their ears burning – news filtered through local media outlets of a new concept for the event ‘From Then Til Now’. Their social media channels have since picked up pace, generating some response from their market audience.
The theme will focus on honouring the show’s major musical contributors. Over fifty acts will grace the stage and the producers will introduce shorter sets, replacing lengthy performance slots. Creative Director Dimario McDowell (left) expanded: “it’s not we alone who do this, so we want to take some time to highlight the ones that help us make Sting what it is today”. The word is that two internationally successful artists are to headline this year and further details will be released in due course. Although the full line-up is yet to be released which is unusual; in times gone by, literature would’ve been distributed by now, outlining who patrons can expect to see perform. Has Sting lost it’s swing?
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