Changes for Music Fest

Richard Johnson

Wednesday, February 26, 2014    

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DESPITE hailing it a success, organisers of the two-day Blue Mountain Music Festival held at the Holywell Recreational Park last weekend are already planning improvements for next year's staging.

"We had a good turnout and great performances. I am so pleased that a little dream I once had could materialise and come to reality," said Roshaun 'Bay C' Clarke, festival conceptualiser and member of dancehall quartet TOK.

Clarke said despite the festival's overall success, a few kinks have been identified and will be ironed out for next year's staging.

"We are very aware that not everything went as smooth as we would have wanted it. We will definitely have to work on and tighten up the shuttle bus system."

Arrangements were made for patrons to park at Jamaica College on Old Hope Road and be shuttled up to the venue. For most persons getting to the venue was not a problem. However, challenges surfaced once the festival was over, as there seemed to be an insufficient number of buses to handle the flow of patrons. This resulted in lengthy delays.

Clarke also alluded to changes to the daily schedule of the festival.

"We are looking to more of a daytime into early night festival. We realised that during the late night the temperature drops significantly, which may have proved uncomfortable for some patrons."

He also cited a possible change in the layout of the venue in order to make it more comfortable for all concerned.

Despite a smaller audience than the previous day the strong performances witnessed on the opening night continued on Sunday's day two of the inaugural festival. The artistes pulled out all the stops to please patrons, and by the end of the night it was up to TOK to bring the curtains down on the event.

The quartet dropped all their hit tracks and more on the small, yet appreciative audience. Gal You a Lead, Shell it Down, Foot Prints, Shake Yuh Bam-Bam, Solid as a Rock, and She's Hot had those who remained rocking.

Earlier in the day, the performance pack No-Maddz were well received as they dropped their blend of music and poetry which resonated with their Poo Puku Poo trademark sound.

The artiste Jesse Royal is certainly making a name for himself. His high energy set, replete with strong thought-provoking lyrics and an engaging style of delivery, caused the uninitiated to sit up and take note, while those already in the know cheered him on with every track.

This trend continued with Bugle, who was clearly in performance mode, dropping hit after hit during his 30-minute set. Nature also represented himself well with a spirited set. The females in the music were represented by Cence Love, Denyque, and Keida, who all gave a reasonable account of themselves on stage.





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