There is no ban on all chairs - Sumfest director clarifies website statement
Organisers of Reggae Sumfest will be restricting the type of chairs patrons will be allowed to take to the venue for the Friday and Saturday night live shows.
The 26th staging of the world-renowned music festival will be held at Catherine Hall entertainment complex on July 20 and 21.
According to the Sumfest website, "ticket holders may not bring in chairs to the festival, due to safety issues and regulations".
However, in a telephone interview with THE STAR, Sumfest director and deputy chairman Robert Russell said that the restrictions will be for seats of a certain size.
"We going to allow people to use chairs, but what we won't allow is the big, sprawling lounge chairs that take up two and three spaces," Russell said. "(We will allow) chairs that patrons can sit on comfortably, (because) we can't expect patrons to stand up all night. I would not be going if I had to stand up all night ... but there has to be restrictions."
The website said the new restrictions will affect the last two nights and is established to ensure the safety of patrons, and comes at a time when a record number of reggae music fans is projected to attend.
Sizzla, Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Harry Toddla, Agent Sasco, Shane O, Tosh Alexander, Tommy Lee, Dance Xpressionz, Rygin King, Govana and Stonebwoy (Ghana) are among the acts scheduled to perform on Friday's dancehall night.
The legendary Beres Hammond, Damian Marley, Capleton, Cham, Fantan Mojah, J Boog, Jah Dore, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Naomi Cowan and Empress Ayeola are among those billed for Saturday night.
- Albert Ferguson