As the name implies, this highly anticipated concert will feature the best of the best in reggae/dancehall, and, according to the promoters, Purple Skunkz, there will be an abundance of top quality entertainment on offer. They noted that with artistes of this caliber, some of whom have not graced the local stage in a long time, the idea is to ensure that the acts will be able to give full-length performances.
“Just as we did at our hugely successful inaugural staging last year, we have kept the line-up at a very comfortable number, rather than the usual 600 artistes on a show,” a member of the organizing committee reported. “This is not the hol’ a mic and run off the stage kind of event, it is a band show and we are working with an exceptional production team to ensure that sound, stage and lighting are at the optimum.” he continued.
It takes just a quick look at the poster for all the artistes to immediately jump out at you – Junior Gong, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, I-Octane, Teflon, Romaine Virgo, Jesse Royal, Loyal Flames, Berri, Ishawna, Hezron, Nature, Hero and Pzed – a solid mix of in-demand deejays and singers, with worthy opening acts.
Now in its second year, Cream of the Crop made its debut at the Ocho Rios Cruise Pier in 2013, but has been forced to move into a new venue, Pearly Beach, in order to facilitate the multitudes expected to turn out to the event.
“We had over 5000 patrons last year and our projections are that we could possibly get twice that number this year. So we took the decision to use Pearly Beach, which is a another great venue and will give us the right backdrop for Cream of the Crop,” Purple Skunkz team member explained.
Cream of the Crop, set for Saturday December 27, is sponsored by Guinness, Liquid Nitro, Ghetto Youths International, Global Vision Concepts, Conquer The Globe Productions, Zip FM, Irie FM and Mad Media House.