Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Guinness could be thinking about a bigger venue for the 2014 edition of the Arthur Guinness Concert, considering the resounding success the 2013 renewal was.
The concert which marks the founding of the world-famous beer more than 250 years ago, has been held at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) two years running, but with the thousands who crammed into the venue to see the stellar performances of Tarrus Riley, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Aidonia and I-Octane, the Arthur Guinness Concert might just have outgrown the venue.
"Already people are saying to me, 'you have to change the venue because it's not holding the people'. And when the artistes come like this and come this hard, imagine next year how many people are going to want to come. It's getting huge, and I am just happy the people enjoyed it," said Raquel Nevins, Guinness brand manager, at the conclusion of the event two weeks ago.
Looking resplendent in a white flared dress, accessorised by a Guinness button over her left breast, Nevins was seen enjoying the concert as much as any of the thousands who packed inside the NISC last month.
And like the crowd, she had high praise for the performers.
"What stood out for me was that all of the artistes came out, and they came with something different. It wasn't just a stageshow, it was a concert, musical arrangement; everybody had something different, something that you have never seen them do before," she said.
"You could see that the crowd was just loving it, and I am amazed and I am thankful and I am grateful that everything came off and that people had fun."
Outside the VIP area, hundreds of patrons were still savouring the experience, consuming the remainder of the Guinness in their buckets and enjoying the music that continued to blare from the massive speakers. Without even knowing it, they were confirming everything Nevins had just said.