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Hype row

Celebration Time tent manager Peter Boyce with Janelle Walcott (File photo).

An injunction has been filed against the Kensington Oval Management Inc, by Celebration Time Calypso Tent’s management over the hosting of a calypso show next Wednesday.

The tent’s management and legal team had told Barbados TODAY yesterday about the intention to seek a legal recourse over the issue and a statement today verified that action had been taken.

“Celebration Time today filed for an injunction against Kensington Oval Management Inc, with regard to the show Old Hype vs New Hype scheduled for next Wednesday, July 31, at Kensington Oval.

“On Tuesday, July 23, Celebration Time was informed that the already heavily [publicised] show, would not, be accommodated at the Oval because of an NCF rehearsal scheduled for the same day, and therefore Celebration Time would need to change their date,” manager Peter Boyce noted in the statement released this evening.

Celebration Time indicated that the booking had been made in January and after months of “intense promotion and advertising, several site visits and correspondence” between themselves and KOMI, they were “startled and placed under undue pressure” due to the revelation.

The tent claimed that two attempts to make payments were thwarted by KOMI management, thereby making it impossible for Celebration Time to comply with correspondence which gave them up to one week before the show to secure the venue through necessary payment.

Celebration Time maintained: “At this time the show Old Hype vs New Hype, which features a selection of Crop-Over’s best talent and regional acts is still scheduled for August 1 with the challenge with communication between parties being rectified expeditiously.”

Meanwhile, Barbados TODAY understands that the board of KOMI is shortly to be briefed on the situation by management, as parties attempt to resolve the issue.

The issue came to a head yesterday when Boyce and tent mate Janelle Walcott went to the Kensington Oval headquarters in an attempt to pay the requested deposit to secure the venue. Previously, Walcott said they had been alerted by KOMI CEO, Henry Inniss a day before that they would have to select another date for their arranged event, given that there was scheduled to be an NCF rehearsal on August 1.

Both members said they were met by KOMI management when they attempted to make the payment and again told they would be unable to make their deposit for the date and should come make other arrangements.

Celebration Time management has maintained that they are being inconvenienced after already making financial commitments to host their show featuring a long line of artists including Soca Kartel, Alison Hinds, Lil Rick, alongside St. Vincent soca king Skinny Fabulous. (LB)

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