Failed negotiations between organizers and artiste management results in no show at Wet Fete

Failed negotiations between organizers and artiste management results in no show at Wet Fete
Ricky T
Ricky T

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0)(0)

No posts to display

13 COMMENTS

  1. Wet fete is a Fraud anyway. Ask them where they got the name H2o from. That was a pool party hosted by GrooveBox Entertainment and The Wave 94.5, back in 2002. These guys are simply high jackers and deserve what they get. Why not issue at least four vehicle passes to each artiste and their entourage. Any foundation built on sand, must sink. Move out the way fraudsters and make way for genuine, innovative entertainers...

    (0)(0)

  2. I find it hard to believe that these artistes would not perform for something as petty as not being given extra passes. Then they go through lengths to justify it by putting out a release. Why on earth would you give a promoter an ultimatum on the day of the show. To me that is disrespect. You are being paid to perform not to bring an entourage with you. The carnival season is short and the goal of a sensible management team is to organise and gain exposure for their clients not to embroil them in controversy. There were no winners in this but to me the management of the artistes have to ask themselves whether they truly acted in their clients' interest.

    (0)(0)

  3. There are always three sides to the story, let hear the other first. before passing judgment

    (0)(0)

  4. Do these guys really understand what it means to be an "artist manager"???? ......... You allowed them to advertise your artist without even having solid contracts??? choopssss ......... In my opinion, these managers are the one's preventing the artist from reaching higher levels

    (0)(0)

  5. RickyT is always involved in a noshow that guy is one of the most unprofessional artist in st Lucia anyone connected to his camp with stay exactly where he is I urge mongster to separate his self from that waste crew in order to move fwd internationally.he in scheduled to perform at jab jab Jouvert in Toronto for caribanna and yet again and again and again he will not show up like the many he flopped on put here with bigger Dj and promoters than he knows and his one most recent flop in New York City. If mongster ever separate hisself no one will hold him back

    (0)(0)

  6. I follow this group and where ever they perform I followed. Went to "dry fete" because of them and saw performance from none. How sad! Never me again' it seems like the organizer / promoter only thought about making his money and not about the people who support him for him to make the money. Don't advertise when contracts are not finalised. He should be sued!

    (0)(0)

    • Who sues him? Are you willing to foot the legal bill. On a more serious note hope the shocked people get well soon.

      (0)(0)

  7. On another note... the poor young man that was shocked (yet to release a statement of his condition) needs to take this matter into serious hands... This was by no means deserving... I hope that if any person views this comment and is related to this young man by family for friend, they know what "serious hands" would mean.

    (0)(0)

  8. the organizers of Wet Fete made a big mistake not issuing passes to the performers. What happened to them?????

    (0)(0)

Comments are closed.