Dancehall star Alkaline created a ruckus during his first performance in Jamaica in more than 3 years.
Alkaline was the headliner for the Magnum New Rules concert, held in Jamaica’s National Stadium car park last Saturday.
The artist took the stage shortly after 3am to a massive crowd – which immediately began uprooting the fence that separated VIP from General Admission, causing a stampede.
Delaying the show for almost 10 minutes, fans battled security guards and Alkaline’s entourage trying to both join him on stage and pull him off, before the artist was briefly removed from the melee.
MC’s of the concert attempted to appeal to the rowdy patrons to clear the stage as Alkaline’s team formed a human shield around him in effort to get him back on stage to finish his set, but he was removed again after only a few minutes.
Following him off stage, the crowd broke more barriers, climbed scaffolds, and rushed backstage to Alkaline’s tent, chasing him out the venue exit.
Because it was Alkaline’s first time performing in Jamaica in several years, promoters say they knew they would see a huge turn out, however the tens of thousands of fans was much more than expected.
Alkaline has been criticized by several music industry leaders – including veteran Deejay Beenie Man, for not performing in Jamaica, with some accusing him of deliberately pricing himself out of the local market.