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VIDEO: Shaggy and Friends ticket sales going well

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT
Observer staff reporter
hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

TICKET sales for the Shaggy and Friends concert slated for January 6 are going very well, according to conceptualiser and popular entertainer Orville “Shaggy” Burrell.

Speaking to reporters and editors yesterday at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, Shaggy said he wants Jamaicans to realise that this worthy cause is for the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) and “one ticket equals one life”.

He said the first day tickets went on sale online, US$17,000 was made and currently the platinum tickets, which are priced at $25,000 for early bird, and $30,000 for regular, are almost sold out.

“People see the cause and the tickets are going very well. Our gold tickets are going well too, and in this last coming week we will see our silver tickets going. Once people realise that the others are gone, they will get it. It is the cause. We try to solve a problem and not only are we celebrating trying to fix a hospital, we're celebrating our culture,” he shared.

The gold tickets are being sold at an early bird rate of $12,000 and regular of $14,000. Gold tickets for children 12 years and under are being sold at $6,500.

The silver tickets are going at an early bird price of $6,000 and a regular fee of $7,000, with the kids ticket for $3,500.

All tickets are available, while stocks last, for online purchase at www.caribtix.com or at the following ticket outlets: Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre; Cannonball (Manor Park/Barbican); Music Mart; Triple Century (New Kingston); Fromage Bistro (Hillcrest Avenue); Fontana Pharmacy (Kingston, Mandeville, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios); General Foods (Ocho Rios); Uncorked (Sovereign North) and Tracks and Records (Market Place).

Further, Shaggy said the differences in the three sections have to do with what you are offered.

“The platinum section is all-inclusive of food and drinks. The difference with the platinum section, compared to the gold section, which is also inclusive of food and drinks, is that in the platinum section you will be served,” he said. “In the gold section, there is a slight inconvenience and you have to get up and go to the food court. In the silver section, it's drinks inclusive, but you have to buy food.”

The entertainer also pointed out that Jamaicans on the island account for the majority of ticket sales and there are a few individuals who make special donations. He also said through Food For the Poor, last year's live streaming brought in revenue of $30,000.

“The experience is what we sell. If you're in American Airlines Arena in Miami or Barclays Centre in New York and you pay US$250 for a ticket, you're in bleachers. The floor tickets are anywhere between US$800 and US$1,000 and there you have to get up and buy your food. They see one major artiste and a couple openers. Here you see multiple major artistes, local, international and even dancehall acts, and for that same US$250 people are carrying lamb chops to give you.”

Additionally, international entertainer Wyclef Jean, who will be performing at the concert for the first time, stressed the importance of giving where it matters.

“It makes no sense you wait until a man dies to show up at his funeral. The same way if we're promoting liquor, people show up, if we're promoting a cellphone company people show up. Well, this is for a cause, and this is the real show up. For me, at the end of the day I can relate to Shaggy as I was the first one to bring a CT scan into my country (Haiti). Every little bit counts,” he said.

This year, the Intensive Care Unit of the BHC is the focus of the concert as the unit has only five beds catering to the needs of the Jamaican people, plus the English-speaking Caribbean.

Shaggy said it is his desire to increase that number to 15, but if he gets 10 beds, then it would be a start. The cost of one bed is approximately US$100,000.

On Saturday, international acts Sting, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, and Doug E Fresh will join a slew of Jamaican and Caribbean acts, including Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts, and Wayne Wonder, on the grounds of Jamaica House, for the event.