“This is the worst Sting ever. I don’t think Mr Laing can ever recover from this,” a police officer was overheard saying just minutes after his colleagues halted the event.

Sting came to a premature end approximately 6:15 am, while singjay Starface was on stage. Confusion reigned at the Jamworld complex in Portmore where the show was held.

Hundreds of fans were left disappointed as top acts, including Beenie Man, Vershon, Razor B, Tanto Blacks, Elephant Man, Devin Di Dakta and Innovata, did not get a chance to perform.

A number of patrons hurled insults at the organisers, saying that the event was a rip-off.
“This a waste of my time an’ money; a joke thing this. Too much old people was on the show. Laing needed to remember that the Sting crowd is a younger crowd, and lots of us was not around 25 years ago when those artistes were shining. Mi feel like a Startime mi was, an’ now si the show done and mi still nuh get mi money’s worth,” 22-year-old Marvin Stewart told the

Jamaica Observer.

Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of Sting, declared the show a success. Despite the protests about its ‘vintage’ line-up, he is unfazed.

“It was 100 per cent incident-free and I am grateful for that. Majority of the veteran acts billed for the event performed. We would have loved more time; unfortunately, the police ended the show prematurely. Over the past 31 years, they have always granted us additional time and have been co-operative. We made every effort to encourage an early turnout, especially with the gate prize of a free motorbike every hour. We will work closer with the artistes to manage their time on stage, to ensure everyone gets their turn to perform, as the end time will not exceed 6:30 am,” he said.

A member of his production team told the

Observer that the use of profanity by artistes may have contributed to the police stepping in.

“The artistes were constantly warned by the organisers and officers to refrain from using expletives, but a few of them did not comply. The last person was Starface whose performance was laced with expletives,” said the spokesperson, who did not want to be identified.

Shortly before the officers ended the show, veteran deejay Professor Nuts delivered a typically humorous set. He played a major role in reigniting the crowd with songs like

Don’t and

Woman Deh Ya.

Turbulance also did well. Like most of the performers, his stay lasted little over 10 minutes, but it was enough to captivate the audience.

Name and Number, We Got The Love and

Notorious were the songs that went over well for him.

Others who earned strong response, were Stylish, Major Mackerel, Mr Lexx, General B, Jahmiel and Maestro Don.