Though several artistes had expressed interest in closing Dancehall Night for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, promoter Johnny Gourzong has confirmed I-Octane as closing act on the night.
Gourzong made the revelation at the recent launch of the event held at the Country Side Club in St Andrew.
Last week, I-Octane shocked fans after informing them he would not be closing the show, and would instead allow fellow artiste Mr Vegas to close.
“If Mr Vegas is performing, I am not closing. I want to perform before him. I am not trying to stop any artiste from performing at the show. But because of what Vegas said last year, I want him to close the show,” I-Octane had stated.
Last year, Mr Vegas posted this remark: “Mi did a wonder is which big hit song Octane have fi mek people stand up inna early morning when fowl a sunbathe and watch him, or is he now bigger than Bounty, Lady Saw, Beenie Man etc.”
After hearing I-Octane’s remarks about closing the event, Mr Vegas stated that he (Octane) should focus more on his legacy instead of trying to run the place.
Artiste Kiprich had also expressed his availability and capability to close the show, once the money was right.
I-Octane told The WEEKEND STAR that he was pleased to be given the opportunity to close Sumfest once again.
“It’s the second year in a row, and I am extremely happy to be chosen to be the closing act once again. It is testament to I-Octane’s growth and maturity in the industry, and it also speaks volumes of the influence of reggae and dancehall music.”
He continued, “I appreciate the support of the fans and I will definitely be bringing my ‘A-Game’. We a lead out the new school of artistes, hopefully I will inspire another young artiste to close the show next year. Big up all the previous artistes who have closed the show and paved the way for us. One Love”.