Gramps Morgan and Glen Washington added to Buju Banton lineup
Reggae artists Roy “Gramps” Morgan – a member of the internationally renowned reggae group Morgan Heritage – and Glen Washington have been added to the Buju Banton Long Walk To Freedom Tour lineup along with Lil Duval, Kodak Black and Davido.
During a security briefing on Wednesday, concert organizers said they are hoping to conclude the event at a reasonable time, but do have permission for the event to go up until 4 a.m. – but anticipate it ending well before that.
“We do have a full lineup of artists and want to get all of the performances in. It is our hope that we’re able to conclude the event at a most reasonable time,” said Alicia Bowe, attorney for Paradise Productions.
The concert takes place on Saturday, March 30 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium; gates open at 6 p.m., and the show gets underway at 8 p.m.
At the meeting across all security branches responsible for securing the venue on the date, officials said everyone entering the facility will be subject to a search, and once exiting the stadium, security officials say re-entry will not be allowed.
Inspector Leonard Barr of the Royal Bahamas Police Force encouraged patrons to come out to have an enjoyable evening, but had a strict warning for anyone looking to cause mischief and mayhem. He advised them to stay at home.
“If those persons want to come out to disrupt the event we have suites available 24 hours at no cost.”
With a hundreds-strong complement of police officers, defence force officers as well as private security personnel hired by the events’ lead security team, Falcon Security and Ultimate Security Solutions, Barr said everywhere a person turns they will run into security personnel.
On the prohibited list for the event are firearms, knives or any cutting instruments, glass items, noxious or flammable materials, backpacks and large handbags, as well as food items, liquid or drinks, illegal substances, hair picks or rat tail combs.
As the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium is a non-smoking venue, Clarence Albury, Falcon Security and Ultimate Security Solutions representative, said no smoking will be allowed, and as such cigarettes, buds, beedies and lighters will all be confiscated upon patrons’ searched entry.
Bottles will not be allowed in the general population area of the concert. Specific bottle zones have been created in general admission, VIP and Platinum areas, where he said patrons will be able to continue enjoying the concert and their bottle service. The areas, he said, would also be manned by security.
Patrons will be admitted into the stadium according to the zone number on their ticket and are encouraged to park nearest to their gate of entry.
General admission will enter the venue at the southern end of the stadium, the area on the Road Traffic side, and are encouraged to park in that vicinity; VIP Platinum at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium and the former carnival grounds; All access, Sky booth, Sky deck parking is available immediately in front of the western grandstand at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swimming Complex and Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium for the overflow.
With one day to the concert, tickets are still available and can be purchased online at Cash N’ Go or over the counter at any of their locations, or from a Paradise Productions authorized ticket seller up to 4 p.m. on the day of the concert; after 4 p.m. tickets will be sold at the stadium.
Available tickets include general admission – $65, VIP – $125 and Platinum – $200.
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