Technical issues put damper on Reggae on the Hill
Maxi Priest was a hit with the ladies at Reggae on the Hill. (Photo: Cowyn Franklin)
The climax event of the Reggae Festival experienced more issues than the promoters bargained for when a technical problem with the sound system caused an uncomfortable two and half hour break in the show.
All was going according to plan on Sunday when the Reggae on the Hill show got underway at Farley Hill. Skies were clear, patrons experienced no hassle in the gate entry process and drinks were flowing.
But shortly after the titillating performance of Jamaican reggae artist, Maxi Priest, things went downhill. And this caused headliner, Tarrus Riley to make his appearance on stage much later than expected. It was clear when Tarrus and the Black Soil band took the stage close to 8pm that the technical issues were still not fully resolved, as microphones had to be changed out a few times.
Despite this, Tarrus and the band pushed through, without showing too much frustration. Tarrus kept the audience entertained with many hits including Human Nature, She's Royal and newer selections such as Simple Things and the ever popular Don't Come Back. Saxophonist, Dean Fraser showed up and showed off during the set, much to the delight of patrons.
The technical hiccup put the show at a midnight finish and caused the sets of the remaining performers to be cut short. A mass exodus of patrons decided to call it quits just after 10pm, with some voicing their disappointment.
The others who braved the slight drizzles to view the entire show were no doubt pleased, as their voices could be heard all through the hills of St. Peter, singing word for word the tunes of Jah Cure, Anthony B and Queen Ifrica.