One of the surprise acts on this year’s show was the “Unruly Boss” Popcaan. His inclusion on the line-up raised a few eyebrows. However, after his set at daybreak on Sunday morning, he left no doubt that his spot was justified.
His performance was measured and displayed a level of maturity one might not have expected from the unruly deejay. He sang hits such as Give Thanks, Party Shot, Only Man She Want, and Pop Style were included in his 40-minute set which ended near 9:30 am.
He paved the way for the self-styled King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man, who is one of a few acts who can have festival-weary patrons singing and dancing. Again, he proved why he is bankable to close an event.
Queen Ifrica was another star performer at the event. Her Daddy Don’t Touch Me There took on new meaning in wake of the sex abuse charges hanging over a minister of religion. She was also critical of the mothers who remained silent about the abuse of their daughters.
Strong sets also came from Agent Sasco, Cocoa Tea, Junior Kelly, Leroy Sibbles, Leroy Gibbons, Derrick Morgan, and Third World.
As in previous years, there were just too many acts on the show. That aside, it was another successful staging of the event with the venue again earning very high marks for being a great host to patrons.