January 5, 2013
Promoter apologises for 'bottling' incident
Tommy Lee Sparta
Promises free show for Portland
André Williams, STAR Writer
Promoter of the annual family fun day event, Somerset Falls stage show, Harvel 'Gadaffie' Hart, is expressing his sincerest apologies after an abrupt ending at the show's 7thstaging.
The event, which was held in Hope Bay, Portland, on New Year's Day, ended prematurely with bottles being thrown and loud explosions, believed to be gunshots, resonating throughout the venue.
Allegations are that the missiles were aimed at the police who went to shut down the event shortly after 4 a.m.
Gadaffie told THE STAR, "I'm apologising to the people of Portland and all supporters about the 7th staging of the show ... we have always had an incident-free show that's why the police have continuously worked with us... that is why I don't want my supporters to take the law in their own hands."
He continued, "We went beyond our time and that was an act of God because the rain was falling and we had to stop, then start again... it came down again and we had to pause then continue."
Gadaffie believes that given these factors, the police should have been more lenient in their approach. He also told The STAR that he tried unsuccessfully to reason with the officers about the likely consequences if certain performers did not get the opportunity to take the stage, however, that landed on deaf ears.
He expressed, "I am satisfied nobody was hurt in the end and I did my best to show the people I came through on my word and brought both Tommy Lee and Aidonia to the stage so people could see they were present."
THE STAR was told that things threatened to get ugly when the police entered the stage and attempted to handcuff the drummer who was playing with the band.
As a result of the unfortunate ending to the event, Gadaffie says he will be hosting a free show in February to compensate anyone who felt short-changed.
He said, "I have already spoken to Tommy Lee, Aidonia and Beenie Man as well as a dancehall artiste based overseas that was here for the show but was unable to perform, to do a free show in February... I have not finalised the date yet, I will have to go back to the police but I am willing to finance everything and try to make the fans feel satisfied."
Meanwhile, the police in Portland got a rude awakening on New Year's night when angry patrons who were disgruntled with the lawmen for shutting down the annual stage show rained bottles on them.
The annual family fun day event featured acts like Specialist, Ninja Man, I-Wayne and Sizzla. However, headliners Tommy Lee Sparta and Aidonia were unable to perform as the cut-off time had passed.
THE STAR gathered that angry patrons threw bottles at the police who went to the stage allegedly to unplug the audio equipment.
The melee lasted approximately 15 minutes, damaging equipment and threatened public safety.