Lacking in sponsorship and top-flight contemporary entertainers, Sting 2015 did not pull a huge youth audience in comparison to previous stagings. However, those patrons who stayed away seemed to have kept the unnecessary drama with them as the show proved to be one of the most peaceful and incident-free Sting in many years.
Iconic recording artistes like Pinchers, Terror Fabulous, Professor Nuts, Major Mackerel, Junior Cat and Burro Banton gave good representations on behalf of the older generation. While Turbulence, Maestro Don, Jahmeil, Raine Seville and Stylysh sought to prove that the new generation could compete while sharing the stage with icons.
Sting is obviously in its rebuilding stage, thus MC Nuffy and the event's organisers noticeably tried their best to filter profane language and hate music from the performances.
Delinquent older artistes like Jigsy King, Ninja Kid and General B were guilty of this offence and were swiftly cautioned by MC Nuffy, who pointed to the small crowd stating that such behaviour was what placed Sting in such a predicament. Obviously some folks will do anything to get a 'forward' or some hype from the audience.
"We don't have to talk about them, 'low some people, man. That is why the sponsor dem a deal wid wi suh; have some behaviour, man, unno a big man," Nuffy shouted, seemingly annoyed.
When the event concluded at minutes after 6 a.m., recording artistes like Merciless, Gully Bop, Ninja Man, Tanto Blacks, Vershon, among others, were yet to perform. However, patrons left the venue peacefully even while they were complaining about the actions of the police.
"It look like the trouble mekka dem gone wid the mix-up artiste dem weh neva book this year. Because if a one time, a pure bokkle a fling pon dat," one patron told The Star as we exited the venue.
Sting 2015 had no title sponsor; obviously some folks have not learned the lesson yet in terms of tempering their homophobic laced lyrical content.