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Bottles rain at 'Follow the Arrow'

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2011 | 2:23 PM

Carl Gilchrist

Gleaner Writer

Unruly show goers pelted the stage with bottles Sunday morning, bringing a premature end to the Follow The Arrow stage show at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, about three minutes after Bounty Killer took the stage.

The melee prevented two of the nights top acts, Vybz Kartel and Mavado from performing, but not before rising reggae star I-Octane delivered a scintillating performance. The chain of events actually started backstage when it is alleged Bounty Killer got involved in an altercation, forcing MC Ragashanti to urge him (over the microphone) to ‘cool it’.

When Killer eventually took the stage at 5:25 a.m. he proceeded to recognise Black History month by paying tribute to some prominent black persons, including National Heroes Nanny and Marcus Garvey and his dancehall protégé Mavado.

He then referred to what he said was news being circulated that he was going to clash with Kartel by questioning: “How mi an’ Kartel fi have showdown? Mi a giant….!”

But that apparently incensed supporters of Kartel who started hurling bottles, forcing patrons to scamper for cover, with hundreds of them heading for the exit and others for the beach area.

After a few minutes the crowd reassembled, hoping to have a restart. But, after a few seconds of activity on stage, bottles again rained and the crowd again dispersed.

A third attempt was made to restart the show, this time by Kartel and some members of his Portmore Empire crew who appeared on stage in an attempt to calm the crowd. But, it was not to be as this time, patrons who appeared to be supporters of Bounty Killer, took matters into their own hands and pelted the stage with bottles. This forced Kartel and his crew to make a hasty retreat.

That effectively ended the show, minutes before six.

However, among those acts which stood out at the event prior to its demise were: Coco T, Josie Wales, Louie Culture, Twin of Twins, Hero and P-Zed, Gyptian, Assassin and Anthony B, who used his limited time very wisely.