Deitrick Haddon for Gosplash on Aug 1

Deitrick Haddon for Gosplash on Aug 1

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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The fourth staging of Credit Unions of Jamaica (CUJ) Gosplash 2016 is scheduled for August 1 at Fort Clarence Beach, Hellshire, in St Catherine.

The event was launched at the Courtyard Marriott in New Kingston, on Wednesday night.

"Patrons can expect ‘A grade’ production and a better event all around," Markland Edwards, CEO for Action Entertainment — organisers of the event, told the Jamaica Observer.

CUJ Gosplash 2016 will see American international gospel act Deitrick Haddon. Haddon is best known for his progressive gospel stylings and one of the stars of the reality TV show, Preachers of LA.

"We felt the festival had reached a point to appeal to a larger segment of patrons, so we’re happy to have him as our first international headliner," said Edwards.

Haddon will lead a line-up that includes Jabez, Shirley Willis of The Grace Thrillers, Carey Sales, DJ Nicholas, Prodigal Son and R.A.D.I.C.

The show will also be making its first appearance at Fort Clarence Beach, Hellshire, and Edwards is thanking the municipality for its hospitality and making the venue available to them on a public holiday.

"The new venue is more secure and has a picnic outing vibe which makes it more patron friendly," he explained.

The whole event will run 12 hours, starting at 10:00 am and ending at 10:00 p.m. Patrons will have a whole day of family activities, including free rides, a talent contest, and a Pastors’ Cook-Off.

"The pastors can cook whatever they want as long as it uses Jack Mackerel as provided by contest sponsor Kendel," he said.

— Rory Daley

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