Promoter explains Jah Cure’s no show

Angry patron threw glass bottles at the Victoria Park Saturday night after they learnt that Jamaican artiste Jah Cure would not perform, as advertised (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Jamaican artiste Jah Cure did not perform at the Victoria Park Saturday night although he was paid US$15,000 (EC$40,500) as part of his appearance fees, according to promoter Mr. Matrix.

Mr. Matrix said on radio Monday morning that show organisers, unable to raise the outstanding amounts due to the artiste, asked Jah Cure if he would make a 20- to 30-minute appearance.

However, Jah Cure refused, citing concerns about his safety because drinks were being sold in glass bottles at the “Irresistible Temptation” concert, according to Mr. Matrix.

Patrons pelted the stage at the Victoria Park with bottles after it became know that the artiste would not perform. Their actions resulted in cops flying their guns into the air to restore order.

“The situation with respect to that is that even if we could have convinced him to make something due to the payment that was made, it would have been dangerous,” Mr Matrix said.

But the radio announcer noted that Jah Cure never even left his hotel room for the Victoria Park and questioned the logic of Mr. Matrix’s statement, to which the promoter responded: “When it comes to that, I don’t want to – ”

But while Mr. Matrix’ explained why Jah Cure did not perform as advertised even though he was in the country, he left patrons unsure as to when they would be refunded their ticket monies.

“Our company is working very hard at this point in time to try to accommodate persons that purchased tickets from us and to fix the situation. And we will be calling in to let them know when we have the substantial amount of fund … so we could have some sort of refund,” he said.

He told listeners that he did not want to indicate a date when such refunds would be made.

Mr. Matrix apologised to patrons for the development saying concert organisers “didn’t expect things to happen this way in which it happened”.

He said that the concert organisers found out that there was “a crisis at the gate”.

“Two thousand bogus tickets … were sold underground to patrons at whatever price. They weren’t sold by any of our outlets or any of our runners on the street.”

There were over 4,000 people at the show but the company only issued 2,500 tickets, some of which have not been sold.

The bogus tickets, Mr. Martrix said, started “a big mishap”.

“So that is basically what caused the main mishap with respect to what went on at the show,” Mr. Matrix said and confirmed that reports that Jah Cure did not perform because he did not receive the full payment agreed upon.

Organisers were hoping to use funds collected from ticket sales to pay the artiste the remaining money. However, in addition to the bogus tickets, “last minute expenses that came on to us with respect to certain things to make the show a reality”, contributed to the shortfall in cash, according to Mr. Matrix.

“When you have a full team of members who are suppose to play their part and when time comes for them to play their part they pull out, it puts more strain on the main promoter himself….

“But I am not blaming them. I am blaming myself. At the end of the day, I wanted to make the show because the show was a promotion for my company to launch a record label … and I really worked hard on making it a reality to please people of St. Vincent. Because it was something that everybody wanted and if I have come within the last few days and say ‘Jah Cure not coming again’, people would have really, really disappointed,” he said.

“I didn’t expect all this to happen. It was really, really disappointing to me as well,” Mr Matrix said, adding that the source and price of the bogus ticket was another consideration.

“We are working vigorously to find out who printed the tickets …, who was the persons who went with them to get them printed and numbered and everything,” he said.

Jamaican reggea artiste Jah Cure apologised to Vincentian fans in a tweet Sunday morning (Internet photo).

Mr. Matrix further said that some businesses that were initially interested in sponsoring the did not do so because “they didn’t know about the promotion company”.

“We are from Trinidad; we have done shows in Trinidad. I am a Vincentian. I just want to let this out to everybody. I am a born Vincentian. I am not a Trinidadian. Because they are saying that I am a Trinidadian and I come to scam the people and everything.

“The other thing is I lost way more than anything else here … because everything went down the drain. Even Jah Cure went away with US$15,000 from us,” he said.

Mr. Matrix, in an Internet communiqué apologised to patron, saying that Jah Cure did not perform “despite the fact that he was paid US$15,000.

“He decided he was not going onstage even if he was to make a performance of 20, 30 minutes he could due to the fact that drinks were sold in bottles.”

But reports reaching I-Witness News indicate that drinks were poured into disposable cups in keeping with the no bottle policy at such events. However, angry patrons are said to have raided the bar to retrieve the empty bottles used to pelt the stage.

The promoter, noted that Saturday’s development have long-term implications for the reputation of his company, Matrix Music Group.

“… It makes it bad on Matrix Music Group and we don’t want this to reach to that extent where Matrix Music Group cannot do anything in St. Vincent again. Hence the reasons why we are working hard to fix all situation, all the mishap that happened between the night of the show to now. We are working hard to make sure that the people … can get back something for what happened for the night,” Mr. Matrix said.

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12 thoughts on “Promoter explains Jah Cure’s no show

  1. Ask Mr Matrix to show his passport or proof that his name is MATRIX.

    I believe that is the name of a company and not the name of this person.

    Posted by Peter | March 13, 2012, 09:26
  2. Jah cure gt $15 000 u.s just to be in the country? well well i aint even know what to say nuh..

    Posted by mo | March 13, 2012, 09:42
  3. Hey Peter this is Ralph Gonsalves’ fault too right?..I give you one day to tell the nation how THIS too is to be blamed on Ralph Gonsalves…..LMAO

    Posted by Arthur | March 13, 2012, 09:58
  4. What a Palava 🙂 embarassing 😦

    Posted by Kevin Thomas | March 13, 2012, 17:20
  5. Arthur thank you for bringing to every ones attention that its Gonsalves fault, I never new that. But as your a Gonsalves special dunce supporter. accept your word on it.

    Thank you.

    Posted by Peter | March 13, 2012, 17:33
  6. Is the promoter LUKE?

    Posted by Peter | March 13, 2012, 17:34
  7. Arthur shut your trap and stick to the issue. This is a serious incident for you to be arsing around with.
    If there were bogus tickets then this is a case for police involvement. The police should obtain some of the bogus tickets and locate the sellers, who in turn will lead to the source.

    Posted by Vere | March 13, 2012, 18:33
  8. I really sympatized with the Matrix company, if this is the way things went down. I hope the company will use this experience as a teachable moment for it. As a person who was involved in music promotion and show business myself, I feel matrix’s pain. Show business is rough business. You have to be very skilled and experienced especially in these times, But this does not come overnight.
    My advice to Matrix:
    1. Start small before you go big.
    2. Make sure you have every angle cover with numerous contingency plans
    3. Make sure you have enough garanteed resources before you begin. Don’t attempt to do anything without the gurantee that you are in a position to manage and control all outcomes whether seen or unseen.
    4. Never pay a deposit without a proper contract, outlining the conditions and expectations for payment. This is professionalism and people you deal with will know that you know what you are doing.
    5. Alway be honest and open with the people you do business with. Build trust.
    6. Take your time to build your reputation. Don’t fall for the trap that you can make it over night by putting on big shows just so. If you do not develop the competency, skill and attitude as a promoter you will never make it.
    7. A good show is not necessarily having big time artiste. A good show is being professional at what you do, good quality sound and performance, good flow, starting on time and respecting both perfomers and patrons. You can have a good show with good local artistes. This might not make you rich overnight but it is an investment into your reputation. If it is good, the word will spread. Start there.

    These are just some of the skills and competencies needed to build up your reputation as a professional promoter. When that is accomplished branch out and things will start to happen.

    I really wish Matrix company every success. But you have to make this right with the partrons first. Good luck!

    Posted by roinuj | March 13, 2012, 18:48
  9. How could you not know that there were counterfeit tickets in circulation before hand if you are claiming that 2000 were counterfeited………????………I’m happy Jah cure didnt go on stage for the 25 mins cause Vincentians would have accepted 25 Mins of Jah Cure for their $50……. it all boils down to bad management on the Promoters behalf

    Posted by Iss | March 14, 2012, 04:53
  10. Peter, you fool, you blame everything on Dr Gonsalves so I was indicating that am waiting on you to blame this on him also,,,you moran

    Posted by Arthur | March 14, 2012, 14:09
  11. Fed up of all these Jamaican artists flying to SVG and ripping off the poor people..You think Jah Cure would have done this in Jamaica/Europe. Charity begins at home…Its time promoters invest in local talents.
    Would be interesting to see how many people turn up if Jah Cure come back again for a little half hour concert.

    Posted by Kevin Thomas | March 14, 2012, 19:44


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