The much-anticipated return of Unruly Fest ended in disorder and confusion as the event’s final performances were cut short by the authorities, resulting in Unruly Fest’s founder, Popcaan, engaging in a heated exchange with the police.
First staged in 2018, Unruly Fest has been on hiatus since the COVID pandemic that followed its second staging in 2019. Its third staging has been long anticipated by Popcaan’s fellow St. Thomas natives, as the event draws massive crowds to the parish and also aids in the funding of the artiste’s Christmas and back-to-school treats.
In addition to the Jamaican artistes scheduled to take to the stage, such as Chronic Law, Najeeriii, Skillibeng, and I-Wayne, patrons were also treated to performances by international acts such as American rapper Quavo when the event kicked off at Phillips Field Sports Complex in Yallahs on Friday.
However, not all the performances went off seamlessly, with Cream of the Crop deejay Jahshii’s performance abruptly interrupted as members of the police force took to the stage to call the event to a close.
As Jahshii prepared to sing his single Born Fighter, the deejay was approached by an officer, who announced that it was time for them to go home, as the event was initially scheduled to end at 4a.m. The authorities reportedly provided them with an extra hour, pushing its end to 5a.m. Popcaan was visibly upset, grabbing the microphone from Jahshii and proceeding to chastise the officers.
“Dats why St. Thomas Cyah betta becaw unuh fight everyting weh wi do. Unuh move up. Mi tiad a unuh bombocl**t,” an infuriated Popcaan stated.
Despite the apparent pleas made by reggae singer Taurus Riley, who tried to calm down the Party Shot deejay, Popcaan continued to unleash his explicit tirade at the officers. Popcaan went on to call on multiple artistes to proceed with their performance, which reportedly forced officers to turn off the microphones to clear the stage.
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