Concert Magnum New Rules brought out heavyweight performers last Saturday for its show at National Stadium’s car park. The evening belonged to headliner Alkaline.
The shoulder-to-shoulder crowd was colourful. Some patrons wore Guy Fawkes masks and Vendetta apparel.
When Alkaline took the stage after 3:00 am, fans uprooted the fence separating the VIP and General sections, causing a stampede. He opened with Conquer The World to roars.
Dressed in black skinny jeans, a white T-shirt and black leather jacket, Alkaline went into his slew of hits including Champion Boy, Formula, ATM, Wait Yuh Turn, City, Extra Lesson and Spoil Yuh.
His entourage was busy restraining him from the hungry crowd, which continuously tried to pull him off stage. Some wanted to join the deejay on stage.
Mavado, who captivated the audience earlier, also performed Farewell with Alkaline.
Fans were left puzzled when Alkaline seemed to have left the stage, only to be reintroduced by emcee DJ Sunshine. He did abbreviated versions of Badness It Name and Microwave before walking off, leaving fans to assume that his set was finished.
Security could not control the crowd. They broke stage barriers and fled backstage to Alkaline’s tent. He eluded them by exiting at the back only to be chased by Vendetta fans.
There were also saw well-received performances from Jahmiel, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley and I-Octane.
FMB, Stacious, Iba Mahr, Chase Cross and Flexx also performed.
Despite technical issues, organiser Delon Reid, head of Brownstone Entertainment, was satisfied with the event.
“We had limited support from corporate Jamaica, especially after he (Alkaline) was detained… prospective sponsors backed off. A lot of what we did was out of pocket and Magnum stayed with us and proved to be warriors,” said Reid. “We wanted to show people dancehall is still alive in this generation; it’s a new movement … Success brings changes so let’s see what will happen next.”
On Tuesday the ‘Man Himself’ uploaded his performance shortly after releasing his new single ‘Nice & Easy’ on YouTube.