While FAS Entertainment is forecasting yet another big crowd for the Hennessy Artistry show this year, organisers say they are not even daunted at any prospects of running out of tickets.
In fact, Director Al Gilkes noted that he would not mind another turnout like the more than 25,000 that came to see Rihanna’s first local performance.
Gilkes told media at the launch of the show at Divi Southwinds yesterday that early bird tickets were already on sale and, so far, they had sold thousands of tickets and were watching demand going forward to determine how many patrons will attend the event.
He accounted this early rush to secure tickets to the fact that the show had never had any serious incidents or reports of violence along with the line-up including, for the first time ever, Damian Junior Gong Marley and the first female in the history of the show here,
Queen Ifrica, were partly responsible for the early rush to secure tickets.
“We put our early bird tickets … and I believe my partners will not have any problem with me telling you that in one day this show has sold all but 4,000 tickets already. So we are anticipating big things,” he said.
Also in the line-up for the December 1 show will be Third World, whom
Gilkes said reggae fans were anxious to see after their no-show at the Barbados Reggae Festival earlier this year due to flight challenges. He said they had purposely increased the number of major acts this year to accommodate the appearance of the popular crew at the show.
Renowned Jamaican artiste, Sizzla; Buggy Nhakente, who is currently on contract performing in the United Arab Emirates; and the increasingly popular Nexcyx, also recently returned from performing in France, will round out the cast of live performers for the night.
Gilkes noted that FAS was particularly pleased to have Junior Gong this year, since they had been trying for years to bring him to Barbados. He said previous challenges had surrounded scheduling conflicts, as the son of the late Bob Marley was always booked on dates they were hoping to host him here. It just happened this year, he added that everything worked smoothly and they were able to secure the artiste before anyone else.
Brydens representative Ricky Nurse noted that there was a balance to the cast of performers this year that should excite patrons and they were happy to be part sponsors of the event.
In addition to opening gates at 7 p.m. ahead of the 9 p.m. start of the show because of the large crowd last year, the FAS director also stated that there were a number of surprises in store for those in the VIP section. (LB)