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GT Taylor tweaks Christmas formula

Monday, November 06, 2017

There will be a change in plans for this year's GT Taylor Reggae Christmas Extravaganza, which takes place on Christmas Day at Luana Sports Complex in St Elizabeth.

GT Taylor, founder and promoter of the event, told Jamaica Observer that there is a significant reduction in artistes.

“I'm focusing on performance this year — quality not quantity,” said Taylor. We have cut the number of artistes down so that the patrons will get a longer performance from their favourite artistes. There will be no more than 25 acts this year,” he added.

Like most live shows in Jamaica, 'Extravaganza' has been known to roll into early morning with weary patrons leaving the venue before seeing the headline acts.

Many of the performers this year are regulars, including Beenie Man, Admiral Tibet, Cocoa Tea, and Sizzla. Sanchez, Half Pint, Singer J and Masicka are among the co-headliners.

True to form, several emerging artistes will be featured, including Real Image, Spotlight and Chronic Law.

Taylor first staged Extravaganza in 2000 at Hendrix Wharf in Black River, St Elizabeth's chief town. What started as a dance transformed into a 'stage show' with reggae/dancehall's biggest names.

The show moved to Independence Park, which hosted it for several years, before switching to Luana Sports Complex last year.

— Howard Campbell