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Action Entertainment apologises to First Fest patrons
The principals of Action Entertainment have apologised to the gospel fans who flocked to the 'First Fest Family Fun Day' concert on New Year's Day at Jamaica College for the abrupt end of the show.

"Action Entertainment states unequivocally that it was not in breach of the Noise Abatement Act. The Act allows for events to go until midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on the weekend. We would like to commend the members of the police force for carrying out their duties. However, given that one of the headline acts (Stitchie) was still to perform, we are of the view that some discretion could have been exercised and an additional 15-30 minutes granted in order to avoid the show ending prematurely," Markland Edwards, chief executive officer of Action Entertainment, said

"We regret any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused our patrons. Action Entertainment nonetheless reaffirms its commitment and support of the JCF in maintaining law and order," Edwards added.

Scheduled to run from 10 a.m to 10 p.m., the time allotted was not enough for the stellar line-up of gospel stars. The show was shut down by law enforcement officers just before 11 p.m.

Abrupt end

"The event was advertised for 10 a.m to 10 p.m. The deputy superintendent of police attached to the St Andrew North Division ordered that the concert come to end at 10:30 p.m.," Edwards explained.

The penultimate act, Prodigal, was just only getting started when the show was brought to a halt. The crowd chanted and begged for a bit of leniency, then the headliner Stitchie was given a 15-minute set.

"Action Entertainment would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the patrons for their overwhelming support. We hope that what was done will not set the tone and trend as it relates to the relationship between the police and entertainment/event promoters for the new year," Edwards said.

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