Pointers for Buju's concert

Friday, March 15, 2019

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The Long Walk to Freedom Tour kicks off at the National Stadium in St Andrew tomorrow.

The concert is the first since deejay and headliner Buju Banton was released from a United States prison in December, where he served an eight-year sentence on drug trafficking charges. The event is expected to be the largest of its kind at the venue in decades, with an estimated 32,000 patrons set to attend.

Chronixx, Etana, Cocoa Tea, Delly Ranx, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Agent Sasco, LUST and Buju's son Jahzeil will also perform.

Here are pointers for the show.

Organisers have announced that the show will run from 8:00 pm until 12:45 am, with gates opening at 4:00 pm. The event has to end on time in order for streets to be cleared and prepared for the Kingston City Run Sunday morning.

Tickets went on sale eight weeks ago. Up to press time, tickets for the bleachers area were still available in select Digicel stores.

Patrons will not be permitted to take folding chairs, umbrellas, certain walking canes and items which could be weaponised, into the stadium.

Roads leading to the National Stadium will be closed. These are, the intersection of Deanery Road and Mountain View Avenue; intersection of Mountain View Avenue and Arthur Wint Drive; intersection of Stanton Terrace and Roosevelt Avenue; intersection of Latham Avenue and Old Hope Road; intersection of North Avenue and Old Hope Road; and intersection of Tom Redcam Avenue and Arthur Wint Drive. Use of these roads will be restricted to residents, emergency services and specially marked vehicles.

Organisers are limiting the number of vehicles with access to the National Stadium. Only persons with parking stickers will be allowed in the car park; patrons are being encouraged to park and ride. Parking will be at National Heroes' Circle in central Kingston which can accommodate 5,000 cars. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will provide 40 buses to transport patrons to and from the parking lot.

Promoters will provide light entertainment in the stadium when the show ends. A number of sound system selectors will play recorded music to keep patrons entertained as they exit the venue.

There is a no re-entry policy for the concert. If a patron leaves the venue, they will not be allowed to return.

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— Richard Johnson


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