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How to make Rebel Salute better

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

First, I would like to recommend to Tony Rebel and his Rebel Salute team that there needs to be a restructuring of how the performances should flow on stage. Rebel Salute is not held at a resort, and it is unfair that after 12 a.m., patrons are either forced to listen to certain entertainers or catch a nap to kill some time before we hear from our favourites. Beres Hammond saved the day for me, but oh, the agony that I had to endure before I was able to bask in the glory of one of our greatest musical legends! The cost of my ticket was just to watch Beres perform.

Second, if it is that the concert should start at 7 p.m., how can common sense dictate that the show should end at 9 o'clock the following morning, when the sun would be beaming through the clouds? Patrons did not have the privilege of a decent facility to catch up on some basic hygiene habits, such as brushing their teeth, washing their face, etc. So my suggestion is that the list of artistes not be a long scroll of relatively unknown entertainers to wear down patrons' patience.

Third, when I was exiting the venue at approximately 6:30 a.m., I observed that there were no security guards at the entrance, so persons had free access to the venue. Now, if it is that the best artistes are saved for last, the show really would not start until the early morning, and for those persons who know the 'runnings', all they would have to do is show up without paying the due charges and enjoy what the other patrons had paid for from 7 o'clock the previous night. Security should be maintained to the end.

Notwithstanding my criticisms, it cannot be denied that the show is one of the greatest reggae-tourist attractions and boosts our ailing and fragile economy.

COL L