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I-Octane set to close Reggae Sumfest for second consecutive year

I-Octane Reggae SumfestAfter a war of words and nominations being put in as to who should close Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest, organizers of the show have taken the safe bet, opting for I-Octane to close the show for the second straight year.

Summerfest Productions CEO, Johnny Gourzong announced that I-Octane would finish Dancehall Night set to take place on July 17, saying at Reggae Sumfest’s official launch in Kingston this past weekend, “I-Octane is closing Dancehall Night! No ifs, buts or maybes!”

I-Octane has since accepted the news, saying he will bring his best to the show in an effort to better his closing set from last year.

This news comes after weeks of back and forth between himself and fellow singjay, Mr. Vegas after Octane challenged Vegas to close the show following disparaging comments Vegas made about him closing the show as well as his campaign to get said closing spot. Vegas responded by saying Octane should close to go given he thinks of himself as the new king of Dancehall, saying he would consider closing the show himself if asked.

Veteran deejay, Kiprich, who has previously closed STING, also threw his hat in the ring to close the show, as long as the pay was good enough.

Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 13-19 in Montego Bay.

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I-Octane and Mr. Vegas feud over who should close Sumfest

I-Octane 2014I-OcAfter headlining Dancehall Night at the 2013 edition of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane has declined an offer by show organizers to close the show again this year, instead calling on Mr. Vegas, who questioned Sumfest’s selection of Octane as the closing act last year, to finish the show.

After it was announced I-Octane was closing Dancehall Night at last year’s show, Mr. Vegas became increasingly vocal about the Sumfest lineup, openly questioning the show’s promotion of the singjay as the closing act, while criticizing his open campaigning for the closing spot. He also questioned why young Reggae sensation,Chronixx performed on International Night 2, suggesting he would have been a better fit for Dancehall Night because hardcore Dancehall fans were a big part of his following.

I-Octane, currently on an extended U.S. tour, initially acceptedSummerfest Productions head, Johnny Gourzong’s invitation for the entertainer to close Dancehall Night for the second year running. However, he changed his mind after being told Mr. Vegas was also on the bill and has challenged him to close the show instead.

Mr. Vegas responded to I-Octane’s comments following a show in Colombia, saying Octane should again finish Dancehall Night given he considers himself the ‘King of Dancehall. However, Vegas warned Octane that he should think more long term with his career goals.

Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place on July 17. Reggae Sumfest 2014 is scheduled for July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

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Busy Signal added to Reggae Sumfest 2014 lineup

Busy Signal Reggae SumfestAfter five years away from Jamaica’s most popular and acclaimed stage show, Busy Signal will be returning to Reggae Sumfest after it was confirmed Wednesday that the singjay is on this year’s lineup.

The entertainer will be one of the headliners on Dancehall Night July 17th, joining I-Octane, Mr. Vegas, AlkalineAidonia, Spice and more on the bill. This would mark Busy Signal’s first Sumfest performance since 2009, where he memorably performed his single, El Shaddai, as tribute to the late, great king of pop, Michael Jackson, who died a month earlier of cardiac arrest. It was also announced on Wednesday that Reggae legend, Freddie McGregorhas been added to the lineup.

After being released from a U.S. prison in Nov. 2012, Busy performed at STING 2012 just over a month after his release. He has since performed other local sets, including the Arthur Guinness Daycelebrations in October.

In the meantime, Busy Signal continues to reap the benefits from his biggest commercial success, Bumaye (Watch out for This), in which he featured with American super producers, Major Lazer. The song’s official video has garnered over 70 million views on YouTube, the single itself topped charts and made radio/TV playlists worldwide and was officially certified platinum in Denmark.

Pepsi commercial released last year, featuring world class footballer and four-time Ballon D’Or winner, Lionel Messi, included Bumaye as its background track.

Reggae Sumfest 2014, which will take place from the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay from July 13-19, also features season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, who will feature on International Night 2on July 19. American rap superstar, Wiz Khalifa, Reggae stalwarts, Jah Cure and Chronixx, plus the ‘King of the Dancehall,’ Beenie Man, who are all scheduled to perform on International Night 1 July 18th.

The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.

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I-Octane recovering in hospital following asthma attack

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane is recuperating in a Kingston-based hospital after falling ill last week.

A member of I-Octane’s team revealed on Monday that the prominent singjay suffered an asthma attack on Thursday night. According to reports, he was taken to hospital where he’s currently being treated by his physician.

Doctors expect I-Octane to make a full recovery from this attack but have advised him to rest until further reassessments are made.

Given his current health situation, I-Octane will be unable to honor some of his upcoming commitments but hopes to recover as soon as possible so that he can perform for his fans once more.

I-Octane last performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in which he gave a typically rousing set. Additionally, he’s released efforts in July such as Bun It & Laugh, Get Weh Mi Want (Mad Panerama Riddim) and Woman Mi Love (Sounique Riddim).

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Lady Saw, Konshens highlight successful Dancehall night at Sumfest

Featuring one of the most star-studded lineup’s in its 20 year history, Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest lived up to expectation on Thursday night as several of the genre’s shining stars shone brightly during the highly acclaimed stage show.

The Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay witnessed a great turnout as patrons were treated to several energetic performances and a few surprises along the way. Some of those surprises weren’t just musical but also in terms of fashion as artistes such as Tifa, Spice and Elephant Man brought unique senses of style to the Sumfest stage.

All three aforementioned artistes brought their A games to Reggae Sumfest’s 20th showing with reputable sets while Stacious showed her on-stage maturity accompanied by a sexy flare and style to her performance and Potential Kidd also hanging tough on his biggest stage show yet.

Rising Reggae sensation, Romain Virgo validated his growing status as one of the genre’s most promising superstars as he performed some of his smash hits that have resonated well with fans including I Know Better and System. Additionally, Kiprich received mass approval from the music lovers on hand, even holding his own again when a fluffy girl tested his strength and dancing skills on stage while Magnum Kings and Queens alumni, Baby Tash and Specialist looked and sang the part, showing no nerves on Jamaican music’s grandest stage.

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