It’s not a rumour, it’s not a dream, nor is it a guess. It’s true.
International recording artiste Mavado is now in St. Lucia for the three-day Lovefest which begins today, Friday, Dec. 7 at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet.
The hours leading up to Mavado’s scheduled arrival on Thursday evening was surrounded by anxiety, doubts and caution as the Jamaican artiste is known to have been a no-show for at least two events in St. Lucia .
Initially, the artiste, also known as the ‘Gully God’, was scheduled to arrive at the George Charles Airport at about 6:30 p.m., but media personnel soon learned that this flight was delayed until about 9:30 p.m.
This news stirred doubts from St. Lucia News Online readers on Blackberry messenger (PIN: 29FF892F), who claimed “No-frado” or “No-vado” will not show up. Others said they will not buy their tickets until they have proof that Mavado and another Jamaican artiste, Tommy Lee, are in St. Lucia for the show.
“Once bitten, twice shy,” was the response from one fan.
Journalists and fans were back at the airport in anticipation for the artiste’s arrival at 9:30 p.m., but they had to wait just over an hour longer for the artiste, who was whisked away by his entourage so fast that some photographers were left displeased.
The media however has an opportunity later today to get more time with the Gully God, who was an arch rival in entertainment with his fellow countryman, ‘World Boss and Gaza Thug, Vybez Kartel.
Mavado, born David Constantine Brooks, is scheduled to participate in a press conference today, Friday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. Venue is the Bay Gardens Hotel’s Begonia Conference Room.
Other persons scheduled to be in attendance are management of Hot FM Communications, a representative of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, Lovefest 2012 media consultant/publicist and other Lovefest 2012 artistes.
Organisers say that during today’s press conference, the media will have the opportunity “to get up close and personal with Mavado, ask questions and take photographs”.
The three-night concert series is produced by radio station, Hot FM. Its CEO, Patrick Smith, has said organisers will deliver a “top quality entertainment” experience for patrons of Lovefest 2012.
He said: “This year Lovefest is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we have moved to a bigger venue with bigger artistes to enhance the quality of the event. We know a lot of people in St. Lucia are looking forward to the event and we have a huge contingent coming from Martinique for Lovefest, so we have gone all out to ensure maximum enjoyment by patrons. We are working with the police to ensure that all patrons are safe and we have also added some new features to the event so to put it simply Lovefest 2012 will be the biggest and best concert series St. Lucia has event seen.”
Lovefest 2012 kicks off on Friday, December 7 with performances from Duane Stephenson, Luciano, Siddy Ranks and Admiral Tibet.
Saturday’s show features two of dancehall’s biggest entertainers performing on the same stage, Tommy Lee and Mavado, along with local artistes.
The curtains come down on the event on Sunday, December 9 with the sounds of Christopher Martin, Boris Gardner, Noddy Virtue, Mighty Diamonds and Jah Cure.
Tickets for the Friday and Sunday shows cost EC$60 and the Saturday show cost EC$80.