Brunches are starting at 4:00 pm, parties slated to end at midnight are just heating up at 11:30 pm and those slated to end at 2:00 am are just warming up at 1:00 am. Sadly, this is what the Jamaican party scene has gone to.
It is renowned in Jamaica that the acceptable time to arrive is about two hours after the event is scheduled to begin, for we automatically assume that nothing will ever start on time. This notion, however has surpassed logical expectations as it pertains to partying. We all know that the party doesn't get sweet until a certain time, but that time, unfortunately, depends on the crowd.
In truth there's no set time for the party to reach an optimum. If the crowd shows up and shows off within a reasonable time then the good vibes will flow naturally.
So why bother, then, to attend the event if you show up with one hour remaining and then complain that the event was not a success? In light of this, party promoters have to then contend with the police officers who are really just doing their job.
In a bid to please patrons and reap maximum earnings from their events, the party promoters are now clamoring that the Noise Abatement Act is hindering their successes as an entertainment industry. But should the Noise Abatement Act be repealed? Is it really hindering their successes? Is it that we have reached such heights of lawlessness that we can't party within the law and enjoy ourselves?
We are of the view that the later these parties extend their time to, the later party-goers will arrive. Patrons are not seeking more time to party; they are seeking more time to sit in their houses under the false pretense that “di party nuh sweet yet." They will then take their sweet time to get ready and make their way to the venue whenever they feel like. Well sis, newsflash! It doesn't work like that.
On the other hand, for parties with performances from various artistes, the artistes are also guilty of not coming and performing at the time communicated to them. The artistes are also of the opinion that it belittles their image if they perform too early at the event which also helps in the pushing back of the event. The party promoter will then have to try their very best to keep the crowd going while waiting for artistes to arrive.
Repealing the Noise Abatement Act will not solve any of these issues. The real solution is to arrive on time, and if not, at least at a reasonable time to still properly enjoy the event. It makes no sense that party promoters plan these events and effectively communicate the time, only for the crowd to show up when they feel like. The truth is it's bad for their business.
It is one thing to be fashionably late, but its completely unreasonable for you to arrive late and then complain about the event ending on time. It is simple logic, come on time and get your money's worth. Fashionably late is cute to you but distasteful to everyone else.