Sting promoters apologise
Supreme Promotions, the promoter of Magnum Sting 2014, wish to unreservedly express sincerest regret about the unforeseen incidents that occurred at the end of a very successful show.
In a released statement to media, the promoters said, "For well over 10 hours, energetic and authentic Jamaican entertainment was provided in a safe and comfortable environment.
"We are aware of the incidents that took place backstage and the incident in the general admission area. We are investigating the reports in conjunction with the police and as soon as we have further information we will provide the information to the public.
"In accordance with our efforts to stage a safe and successful event, and in keeping with the ethical and quality standards of our sponsors, we endeavoured to ensure that measures were in place in our pre-event planning and at the location, Jamworld, to eliminate bottles, deter the admission of underage persons, ensure proper contractual arrangements with artistes and their management, ensure appropriate lyrical content of performances, maintain crowd control and provide appropriate drinking advice to patrons.
We would like to thank the well-behaved patrons, the public, the vast majority of the artistes and our sponsors for their continuous support. Without this support we could not continue to stage this momentous event. We remain committed to advancing reggae, dancehall music and the industry. We will continue to strive to improve our product and are confident that with your support, we will achieve our aim."
A backstage confrontation reportedly involving members of the entourages of recording artistes Demarco and Masicka had persons running for cover, as bottles were hurled during the face-off. Explosions, believed to be gunfire, were also heard.
Another bottle-throwing incident early into Ryno's performance also led to a stampede in the main section of the audience.