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Sting 2014 pulls biggest crowd since 2008

Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 5:35 PM
Internet sensation Gully Bop whose real name is Robert Lee Malcolm performing at Sting - File

Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The organisers of Magnum Sting 2014 say this year's Boxing Day staging of the event pulled the largest crowd since 2008 when Vybz Kartel clashed with his rival Mavado.




According to Sting’s publicist, Keona Williams, the inclusion of a reggae segment paid off.



"A lot of persons came in to see the reggae acts we added," she said.



"People like Tarrus Riley, Capleton, Iba MaHr, Droop Lion and Kabaka Pyramid pulled their own fans and helped to increase the attendance."



Sting Stalwarts Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Ninja Man were not included in the lineup this year.



Instead, the publicist says Supreme Promotions directed its focus to the young talents and they did not disappoint.



She also said overseas-based reggae and dancehall artistes brought their own supporters.



"For example Ackee and Saltfish from Japan, have a huge following in their region and so they turned out for Sting like never before. Overall the lineup was simply dynamic and Sting is still the number one dancehall show on the planet," she said.



Williams has also downplayed the controversy surrounding off-stage clashes between artistes and entourages saying it only served to distract from the real story that Sting 2014 was a success.



"It was a successful show that represented energetic and authentic Jamaican entertainment without an incident for over 10 hours," she said.



Patrons also turned out to see internet sensation Gully Bop whose real name is Robert Lee Malcolm perform on a major platform for the first time since his short career.



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