Failed negotiations between organizers of Wet Fete Luau Edition and the management of selected artistes resulted in a no-show of a few top performers at the event which was held on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
According to a press release, Ricky T and other artistes under the Stratosphere Muzic label – Ambi, Marie-Anne and Mongstar – did not perform after management of the event and artistes failed to see eye to eye on the terms of their performance.
The release cites disagreements with regards to the number of passes to be issued to performers, parking arrangements, and what it said was a complete lack of the “spirit of negotiation and professionalism” from the promoter as reasons for the pull-out.
It further stated that no contract was signed between the management of the event and artistes “however, as has become customary and negotiating on good faith, at least one artiste, namely Ricky T was advertised to perform on the show”.
The release states that discussions were initially held on the number of passes required per artiste leading up to the event in order to ensure “no one was left disappointed by our planned performance”.
However, “these talks culminated hours before the show with the organizer refusing to negotiate on the number of passes – both vehicular and complimentary – that would be given to each artiste. His initial offer was one vehicle pass for all four artistes and one extra pass.”
“Following a discussion about the need for each artiste to have individual access to the venue and needed extra passes for dancers and the like, the organizer terminated talks by walking off,” the release stated.
“We felt dismissed and disrespected in his manner and refusal to negotiate. We were also taken aback by his quick attempt to replace the artistes by asking the band to play an extra set while we stood there hoping for further talks,” the release continued.
The group further explained that each artiste had individual managers and needed parking which would ensure that they were on time and comfortable to perform.
“Our check in time was 6 p.m. At that time, the only available public parking would have been extremely far from the venue and more than a little inconvenient for the artiste who would have had to trek to it.”
The release said that following its decision and public statement, a number of people have attempted to resolve the impasse, but pointed out “that while negotiations continued, at no time were we (Stratosphere Muzic) contacted by anyone affiliated with the production of Wet Fete Luau Edition”.
Stratosphere Music extended an apology to fans who were disappointed by the absence of the artistes and also asked that the “unfortunate” matter be “put behind us” and not be allowed to mar the 2013 Carnival celebrations.
“We come out of it with the lesson that fans and our artistes demand that all contractual details be worked out ahead of scheduled advertising of any artistes associated with Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic,” the group said.