GT’s ‘Ex­trav­a­ganza’ head­ing over to Luana

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Adrian Frater News Editor

Pro­moter feels dis­re­spected by St Bess PC

FOR THE first time in its 15-year his­tory, the 2016 edi­tion of the GT Tay­lor Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza will not be staged at In­de­pen­dence Park in Black River, St El­iz­a­beth, a sit­u­a­tion that has left the pro­moter of the pop­u­lar Christ­mas night con­cert hop­ping mad and scream­ing “dis­re­spect.”

“Much to our sur­prise and dis­ap­point­ment, we have just learnt that the St El­iz­a­beth Parish Coun­cil has rented out the park for an event, just two days be­fore ‘Ex­trav­a­ganza,’ said ra­dio dee­jay GT Tay­lor, the pro­moter of the event. “That would sig­nif­i­cantly in­ter­fere with our prepa­ra­tions, so we have no choice but to find an­other venue.

“Based on the sound work­ing ar­range­ment we have had with the parish coun­cil over the years, we find the whole thing quite dis­re­spect­ful,” added Tay­lor.

As a re­sult of the un­ex­pected devel­op­ment, Tay­lor says the event will be switched to the Luana Sports Com­plex, which is not far away from In­de­pen­dence Park, which is more cen­tral, but Tay­lor giv­ing the as­sur­ance that he is sure, “I’m sure our pa­trons will be more than com­fort­able there”.

While ef­forts to get an of­fi­cial com­mit­ment from the St El­iz­a­beth Parish Coun­cil proved fu­tile, a source close to the coun­cil said that what un­folded was the re­sult of a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

“We were un­aware that GT would re­quire so much time ahead of the show for prepa­ra­tion ... . I am sure due GT Tay­lor con­sid­er­a­tion would have been given,” the parish coun­cil source said. “Hop­ing we will be able to fix the sit­u­a­tion so that the show can re­turn to In­de­pen­dence Park next year.”

AN EX­CEP­TIONAL ONE

Tay­lor, how­ever, said that de­spite the dis­ap­point­ment, he still planned to make this year’s stag­ing an ex­cep­tional one as he was pulling out all the stops to en­sure that the best avail­able would be on hand to mea­sure up to the rich en­ter­tain­ment pack­age that pa­trons have grown ac­cus­tomed to over the years.

“This year’s ‘Ex­trav­a­ganza’ will be an­other star-stud­ded event,” said Tay­lor. “We have al­ready con­firmed ma­jor acts like An­thony B, Glen Wash­ing­ton, Wayne Won­der, Fred­die McGregor, Sanchez, Bee­nie Man, Bounty Killer, and Siz­zla.”

While he has not se­cured the en­dorse­ment of many ma­jor spon­sors, Tay­lor said he was quite elated to have Boom on board for the sec­ond year run­ning. He also said that the Ja­maica Can­cer So­ci­ety one of the en­ti­ties that was ear­marked to ben­e­fit from pro­ceeds from the show.

“We all have some­one who has been af­fected by can­cer. This is some­thing I’m very pas­sion­ate about,” said Tay­lor. “We will also be mak­ing our usual con­tri­bu­tion to the St El­iz­a­beth Care Com­mit­tee to as­sist the parish’s home­less.” From left: Bounty Killer, Bee­nie Man and Cham shar­ing the stage to the delight of pa­trons at a past GT Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza show.

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