Lawmaker calls for legislation after Jamaican artiste no show

Opposition lawmaker St. Clair Leacock (internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – One opposition lawmaker says there is a need for regulations here after a Jamaican artiste refused to perform here on Saturday because a show organiser failed to meet his contractual obligations to the singer.

Thousands of Vincentians left the Victoria Park irate Sunday morning after it became known that Jah Cure would not be performing.

Patrons had paid EC$50 each to see the artiste, and promoter Mr. Matrix has since said he paid Jah Cure US$15,000 as a deposit but was unable to make the final payment after 2,000 bogus tickets were collected at the gate.

Jah Cure, in a tweet Sunday morning, apologised to his fans and explained that he did not perform at the “Irresistible Temptation” concert because the promoter did not meet his contractual obligations.

The angry patrons pelted the stage with bottles and police fired gunshot into the air in an attempt to restore order at the sports and entertainment venue.

Opposition lawmaker and Central Kingstown representative St. Clair Leacock, a fan of Jah Cure, who was at the show, said that at 3 a.m. on Sunday he thought, “things weren’t looking right”.

“I saw trouble coming, and so said so done. The artiste never performed. There was more bottle-pelting in the Park than you could have had. Police had to come and shoot off shots to take back control of the Park and so forth and a lot of patron didn’t get what they paid for,” Leacock said on radio on Monday.

Leacock, the shadow minister for trade, industry and commerce, said that if the promoter was ripped off, as is being alleged, “there is a need for tighter regulations in this thing”.

“… promoters cannot be allowed to put on a show and speculate that if they sell enough tickets or they collect enough money they will pay the artiste and people will get their show. When a person leaves their home and go to the Park, they must be guaranteed that they will get what they pay for,” Leacock said.

Leacock said that to the extent that the VAT unit has to collect value-added tax on the tickets, they should ask to see the contract between the promoter and the artiste.

He further suggested that they could offer to have the remaining 50 per cent owed to the artiste lodge with the Unit to try “to make sure that patrons are not left like this”.

“So we need to do these regulatory things to make sure that patrons are not left like this. And people could be exposed to all sorts of things because when you have to have bottle pelting and police have to resort order by taking strong positions, then something is not right,” he said.

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5 thoughts on “Lawmaker calls for legislation after Jamaican artiste no show

  1. Its not the Artist who should be ostracised its the Agency, the directors should be banned from holding directorships or control of any companies for at least seven years, unless that is they repay peoples ticket money.

    Posted by Peter | March 13, 2012, 08:48
  2. At that level, the outstanding artist fees ought not to be hanging in the balance on the day of the performance. This should be sorted and ready to pay to the artist before he goes to the stage. Musicians and performers have to protect themselves from being ripped off by promoters, that is why a deposit is necessary – if the promoter falls through the artist is not left empty handed.

    Posted by Darrien Ollivierre | March 13, 2012, 10:31
  3. @ Smart-as Peter,….please tell the nation how the promoters will go about refunding people their money? How would they know who went to the show?..Boy your stupidity knows not bound

    Posted by Arthur | March 13, 2012, 13:58
  4. It is not Jah Cure fault that bogus tickets were on sale.No final payment, no show, simple.
    As a promoter in the 80s, I know of a similar instance involving Lieutenant Stitchie, when I had to bail out the promoter because They could not pay Stitchie the balance of the cash that was Owing.
    As the late Bob Marley said of Clyde Massop, you cannot manage and promote with bruk pocket.
    The promoter knew how ticket sales was going and how many tickets were sold, so if there was problems the show should of been postponed or a new arrangement with Cure entered.
    So Politicians, keep out of this one. Stick to running the country and leave the promotion to people who knows the business.

    Posted by Earlyn Warren | March 13, 2012, 17:27
  5. I hope Mr. Leacock will bring this issue before Parliament, to pass some legislation, to ensure this incident doesn’t happen again. This could be the first time all members vote on an issue to protect the Vincentian public.

    Posted by Vere | March 13, 2012, 18:44

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