Anticipation high for Ghetto Splash tomorrow
It is late Sunday evening and Patrick Roberts appeared pleased as he sat on a truss, which is used to create the structure to support the lighting and stage for Tuesday's staging of Ghetto Spash.
"As I always like to say, Ghetto Splash is a professionally produced event and based on that fact, we have to take our operations seriously," Roberts told THE STAR.
"The only difference between us and a Reggae Sumfest event is that persons have to pay to enter Sumfest but the calibre of artistes, the production and the professionalism is the hallmark of this event."
Celebrating 30 years
Ghetto Splash, which will take place at the Drewsland Stadium in St Andrew, is expected to see performances from the likes of Beenie Man, Popcaan, Capleton, Bugle, Tarrus Riley, Dre Island and a slew of other dancehall acts.
Roberts, the conceptualiser of the show, which is celebrating 30 years, along with members of the community, used Saturday evening and Sunday to get the venue ready.
"The event promises 12 hours of non-stop rocking music and entertainment, and with the necessary dialogues with the security minister and the superintendent in charge, it will run as expected," Roberts said.
"The only thing that remains puzzling to this minute is why corporate Jamaica has not jumped on board when our residents are loyal to their products. The community is looking forward to this, all the more as it will send many youths back to school in January. I am asking any charitable mind to assist even if it's only with products to enhance the production of the event."
Robert Williams, a resident of Waterhouse, is excited about Ghetto Splash.
"This a di greatest show ever; it doing a lot for the community as whole heap ah people from all over Jamaica and the world seeing the talent from here. Plus, whole heap ah youth get work and exposure over the years."
Aspiring deejay I-Nex shared his anticipation for Ghetto Splash. The student of Spanish Town High School has an uplifting track titled Likkle Girl , which he wants to perform tomorrow.
"It is a blessing and I can't wait to use the platform to show that there is a young deejay teaching school yutes things like bleaching and having sex at this age shouldn't be the focus," I-Nex said.