‘Catherine Hall’s capacity will be tested’ - TEF board member anticipates bumper crowd
The capacity of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre is set to be tested this weekend when Reggae Sumfest's two festival nights are staged at the Montego Bay venue, says a respected tourism official.
Howard McIntosh, chairman of Jamaica Tourist Board Entertainment Advisory Board, and member of the Tourism Enhancement Fund board, says he know for a fact that many of the sections for the festival are already sold out.
"Will the venue have the capacity required to hold all the people that already have tickets and who want to come and buy tickets? I think, for sure this year, the Catherine Hall venue is going to be tested in terms of its capacity," McIntosh said during the All-White party on Tuesday night at Pier One on the Waterfront.
"This is the year we are going to really see how many people Catherine Hall can really hold, and now we are going to have to make some decisions afterwards in terms of what we do with the venue in terms of making it a permanent festival venue," he added.
McIntosh attributed the explosion in attendance to the line-up this year which features some of Jamaica's hottest acts on the global scene.
"I think the line-up is a word-class line-up. having Beres (Hammond), Buju (Banton) and Chronixx in the same concert anywhere in the world is gonna be sold out. And for us to do that right here in Jamaica, for the Jamaican people as well as visitors, is a phenomenal experience and a phenomenal milestone for the festival," he said.
Reggae Sumfest got underway on Sunday morning with the Mawning Medz beach party, which was marshalled by Stylo G and Skinny Fabulous at Tropical Beach.
However, Friday and Saturday nights will perhaps be the most anticipated show nights ever.
Friday will be headlined by Grammy nominee Chronixx and will also feature the fast-rising 19-year-old Koffee, Spice, Dexta Daps, Agent Sasco, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and others.
Saturday will mark the return of dancehall superstar Buju to the Sumfest stage for the first time in more than a decade.
He will perform alongside a star-studded cast, including Christopher Martin, Jah 9, Dalton Harris and Romain Virgo.