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#GLNRSumfest | Police pull the plug as artistes use profanity

Published:Saturday | July 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Patrons leave the Catherine Hall venue after the police pulled the plug on night one of Reggae Sumfest 2019 - Ashley Anguin photo

The police this morning ordered an abrupt end to night one of Reggae Sumfest inside Montego Bay's Catherine Hall Complex with around six artistes left to perform.

The show was scheduled to be closed at 5.30 a.m but according to Superintendent Gary McKenzie, the police, using their discretion, allowed it to continue.


McKenzie said among the reasons was that artistes has started using profanity. 


"There are strict rules in terms of how the show must go on," he said.

The decision to lock down the show triggered tension in the artistes' tents backstage as it became clear some would not hit the Sumfest stage.

Last night, the event got off to a late start.

At 8.30 p.m when the first act was to have touched stage, only a few patrons had been trickling into the venue.

However, soon after, the crowd grew filling the venue. 

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