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‘Historic Buju concert a success’ – KT Productions

- Organiser Kenny Thompson boasts of huge economic impacts amidst criticisms
Even as some patrons of the Mark A. Myrie aka ‘Buju Banton’ Long Walk to Freedom Concert at Festival Grounds, Tortola, on June 15, 2019, complained of disappointment, large crowds and dissatisfaction regarding missed scheduled appearances from the artiste, Chief Organiser of the event Kenny Thompson aka ‘Kenny’ has called the concert a success. Photo: VINO/File
Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Julian Willock, left, with promoter and CEO of KT Productions Mr Kenny Thompson at the Long Walk to Freedom Concert featuring Mark Anthony Myrie aka ‘Buju Banton’ at Festival Grounds, Tortola, on June 15, 2019. Photo: Facebook
Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Julian Willock, left, with promoter and CEO of KT Productions Mr Kenny Thompson at the Long Walk to Freedom Concert featuring Mark Anthony Myrie aka ‘Buju Banton’ at Festival Grounds, Tortola, on June 15, 2019. Photo: Facebook
“It’s live, its vibrant and its lucrative,” Mr Kenneth Thompson said regarding Entertainment Tourism, “this past event showed is that the BVI is able to accommodate events of such magnitude despite all the concerns about the carrying capacity of the Venue we say that it was able to carry a great amount of patrons and there was breathing room for everyone.” Photo: Khari Adams/Khaptured Photography/Facebook
“It’s live, its vibrant and its lucrative,” Mr Kenneth Thompson said regarding Entertainment Tourism, “this past event showed is that the BVI is able to accommodate events of such magnitude despite all the concerns about the carrying capacity of the Venue we say that it was able to carry a great amount of patrons and there was breathing room for everyone.” Photo: Khari Adams/Khaptured Photography/Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Even as some patrons of the Mark A. Myrie aka ‘Buju Banton’ Long Walk to Freedom Concert at Festival Grounds, Tortola, on June 15, 2019, complained of disappointment and large crowds, Chief Organiser of the event Kenny Thompson aka ‘Kenny’ has called the historic concert a success.

Sitting down on the Tuesday, June 19, 2019, edition ‘Honestly Speaking’ with Claude O. Skelton-Cline, Mr Thompson said that as a result of the concert weekend, the Virgin Islands (VI) had an estimated 3000 visitors and due to this, some businesses have reported stellar revenues as a direct result of the show.

Tourists galore

“We had about close to 3000 visitors from North America and we had people from as far as New Zealand, I understood from the Tourist Board… the word got out there,” Thompson told Skelton-Cline and the listening audience in thanking sponsors and Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

According to the event organiser, “When KT Productions put on an event, it’s not just a stage show, it’s not just [an] artiste on a stage performing, we want to give you a full experience. With that experience, of course, will come ambience and service and everything else that goes with it, so we tried our best, we worked hard over the past months and we bore the fruit we wanted to,” he implored.

‘Kenny’, speaking on the impact to local businesses, noted “I ran into a friend of mine who owns a prominent rental car business, and he said to me, thank you very much I made some money. And I charged winter rates,” he said, indirectly highlighting some possible price jacking given the economic laws of demand and supply.  

Using the term ‘Entertainment Tourism,’ Thompson pointed to events such as the ‘Buju Banton’ as one that can boost the local tourism sector. He noted that a similar economic strategy is a big part of the tourism experience in many countries, including regional neighbours like St Kitts and Nevis and countrys that partake in Carnival.

‘Everybody made some money’ – Thompson

“It’s live, its vibrant and its lucrative,” he said regarding Entertainment Tourism. “This past event showed that the BVI is able to accommodate events of such magnitude despite all the concerns about the carrying capacity of the Venue. We saw that it was able to carry a great amount of patrons and there was breathing room for everyone.”

He revealed also that according to the BVI Tourism Board, hotels were booked throughout the territory, “These things are huge undertakings… I could go out on a limb and say that we basically carried the county on our back last weekend,” he said in noting that everybody made some money.

But even with ‘Kenny’s’ optimism regarding Entertainment Tourism, many including the family of Ronald Mickely Jr, complained to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) of a streak of disappointments surrounding the events and venue.

“To tell you the least we were super disappointed, very disappointed, and it’s not us alone, many others will tell you they feel the same as us,” Mickely said.  

In addition to KT Productions, The Long Walk to Freedom Concert was promoted in collaboration with Pumpstation Productions, Westline Entertainment and Xclusive Levels.

9 Responses to “‘Historic Buju concert a success’ – KT Productions ”

  • TurtleDove (21/06/2019, 07:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The biggest event even in the bvi
  • money in the bank (21/06/2019, 07:51) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    If I made over a milli for a few I’d say the same thing as well. But let’s define the word success [None] The accomplishment of aim or purpose. Was the aim to hold the biggest show in the bVi? You did it ~success ~ was the purpose to make plenty money? You did that ~successful ~ However it’s not a true success of more than half the people didn’t feel satisfied, in mainly in the music direction but on the ground service. I’m sure his focus was for us to enjoy all sides of it, I believe it was just a bit overwhelming and more on the ground support was needed. Looking forward for another KT production and willing to give him a chance agin. Kennie will get it right.
  • Missed Scheduled Appearances (21/06/2019, 08:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to know where the information was posted by K.T. Productions of these scheduled appearances. If anything, I think it is more accurate to state that persons expected that the artists would make appearances at the other events besides the concert, but not that there was any official statement made by Kennie or any advertisement authorized by him.
  • GCVT (21/06/2019, 10:19) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    The on the ground service in the VIP section definitely left a lot to be desired. The bar was way too small and there was only one. He needed more than one for the number of tickets sold. There were no "passed hors d'ouerves" as was advertised would be part of the VIP package. Good thing I went with no expectations on that score and ate a good dinner beforehand. It definetly fell far short of the VIP experience he thought he was selling. I was even more disappointed to see that no provision was made for proper waste management and the "greening" of the event. If KT Productions is serious about holding similar large scale events, then a proper waste management plan has to be at the top of the overall plan. It was apparent from the way the grounds looked on the evening and in the week since that that was not on the agenda at all. I didn't see a single garbage receptacle in the VIP section.
  • well done (21/06/2019, 10:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The show had its hiccups but overall a great show! Let see who an top that!
  • Very good (21/06/2019, 14:12) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kenny this is my second show that you promoted, first one was Beres Hammond and then Buju Banton and I enjoyed every minute. Keep up the good works and I wish I had another one to go to this weekend. You can never please everyone so listen to me, hurry up and come with another show I was pleased. Thank you
  • Jessica Jones (21/06/2019, 16:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kenny, bring back Chronix and Koffee sooooon.
    • Forget them33 (22/06/2019, 04:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shinai and junior gong, only then i will show up, that show needed different flavor of music.
  • Trini T (21/06/2019, 23:35) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I’m accustomed to big fetes partying with over 300,000 or more Infact that’s what we’ve seen at Buju concert Trini
    Soo that crowd wasn’t a prob
    The more the merrier as we would say
    That being said
    I have no complaints besides the price of the drinks mainly the Cruzan rum @$20 per drink
    Nonetheless show was da Mf bomb #takemeback


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