Organisers of this year’s emancipation festivities have dubbed Saturday night’s leg of the celebrations a huge success considering the strong turnout of patrons and the equally strong acts that performed inside the festival village in Road Town.
Chief among those acts was dancehall star, Popcaan, who was the headliner of the evening’s events.
The Jamaican entertainer never missed a beat as he kept the crowd responsive; faithfully singing along word-for-word as he reeled several hits such as Family, Firm & Strong, We Pray, Unruly, and Ova Dweet.
Describing the event as successful, Chairman of the Festival & Fairs Committee Carnel Clyne told BVI News the huge turnout of patrons was of no surprise.
“We had anticipated that kind of crowd because the presold tickets did really well and even at the gates, folks were just coming non-stop. So [Staurday] night was a huge success and Popcaan, like I said, the headliner, gave the crowd their monies worth — not to discredit our local acts ABM, VIBE band, Monea, Olatunji and Tennyson John. They all delivered so it worked out to be a perfect marriage between the artistes and the committee,” Clyne stated.
“[Staurday] night was the first time I’ve seen so many people on the first weekend of festival. Normally you get this type of crowd the last night on the next weekend so that’s one of the major changes that I saw that worked in our favour,” he added.
Chairman Clyne also said the overall response from patrons will help to shape plans for next year’s chain of festivities.
“We definitely have to look headliners instead of one or two maybe three headliners pretty early; one for probably this night and then one for the next week — the Friday and Saturday – and advertise them year-round. Coming down to the festival, we’d then put the finishing pieces with local and regional acts,” Clyne said.
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