LINSTEAD: Heavy rain keeps Beenie Man off stage at jerk fest

Torrential rainfall drowned the main portion of the stage show that was to be held as part of the St Catherine Jerk Fest yesterday (July 28) at Dinthill Technical High School in Linstead.

The headliner, Beenie Man, arrived early for his performance, but had no chance to grace the stage, said Arlene Betton, representative of the promoting entity – Official Bridge Enterprise.

“Based on our line-up schedule, Beenie was slated to come on stage at 11:30PM, and the freak storm happened about 11 o’clock,” she told The Beacon, adding that she is still doing an assessment of the overall event.

The rainfall sent tents flying, sound system personnel packing, and vendors and patrons beating a hasty retreat from the venue.

The Beacon, like many of the patrons, did not see the main artistes. Some patrons were overheard claiming that Beenie Man was a no-show.

Jigsy King, who was among artistes booked to perform, said he, along with Beenie Man and Jah Vinci, was at the venue during the rain.

“It was a perfect time, perfect everything. But wi can’t cuss when God a duh him thing…” he said, adding: “The rain fell really hard; mi did a wonder which part dis yah rain come from; it fall so hard like a storm.”


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