“One thing is certain, they are guaranteed to be safe because of the deployment that will be around as we normally do every year. If you notice, we have never had any issue around visitors to the island and in particular patrons of Sumfest,” Nesbeth told The Star.
“We have never had any issue around that, and that is because they (organisers) employ a proper security coverage not only security guards and other civilian type set up, but also off-duty police officers, well-deployed, well-structured to look at various issues, not only on the site but otherwise.” he adds
In the meantime, Reggae Sumfest organiser, Joe Bogdanovich says crime situation in the country is a national concern
“I think violence is always the concern of any citizen in Jamaica, but I think that MoBay has always welcomed the festival, and I am confident that the authorities are doing the best within their powers to secure,” he said.
The event which will be celebrating its 25th-year anniversary is scheduled to run from July 16 to 22. Sumfest kicks off on Sunday, July 16, with a beach party, and moves into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17, before the live shows on July 21 and 22.