MANY people showed up for the Reggae By The Park concert featuring two popular Jamaican artistes at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, on Thursday, only to find out the show was cancelled.
The foreign artistes, Sizzla Kalonji (Miguel Collins) and Coco Tea (Calvin Scott), were “totally disappointed” said Ray Nathaniel, promoter of Men In Black Promotions, which was responsible for the concert.
He said it was solely Petrotrin’s fault the concert did not take place.
Nathaniel told the Express that around midday on the day of the event Petrotrin informed him the concert needed to be cancelled because of the recent oil spill in Marabella.
He said it was disheartening to know it was only after all the infrastructure for the concert was set up that Petrotrin informed the promoters.
On Tuesday, slop oil (a mixture of oil, water and other sediments) leaked from one of Petrotrin’s tanks at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery. Some 5,000 barrels flowed into the Guaracara River, Petrotrin reported.
Nathaniel said if the oil spill occurred on Tuesday, Petrotrin should not have waited till the “last inappropriate hour” to tell promoters a “large congregation of people would pose a threat”.
He said Petrotrin should compensate the promoters since they may lose at least $1 million not just in tickets, but in the sale of food and drinks.
It was still to be decided whether people who bought tickets would be refunded or if another concert will be held, Nathaniel said.
He said he will be liaising with the public via social media and personal meetings, and a decision would be made. Between 8,000 and 10,000 tickets were sold, he said.
Both Sizzla and Coco Tea were disappointed they did not get the opportunity to perform together for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago and also for the first time in South Trinidad, Nathaniel said.
Christopher Weston, of Cunupia, said he was very disappointed there was no concert. He paid $400 for two tickets three weeks ago. He said: “I can’t believe this. I was really looking forward to this concert. I bought my tickets in advance.”
Marcel Montrose from Santa Cruz paid $400 for a VIP ticket. He too left the park disappointed around 10 p.m. —Sue-Ann Wayow