Preparations for Hennessy Artistry are underway and promoters are expecting a massive increase in ticket sales due to this year’s eclectic line-up.
Director of FAS7STAR, Al Gilkes, was speaking to the media during a site visit of the main Kensington Oval venue where he provided details of the ninth edition of the annual two-day entertainment event slated this year for December 2 and 3.
The programme comprises Hennessy Artistry and Hennessy Artistry on the Beach, with international acts Tory Lanez, Jamaicans Beres Hammond, Mavado, Sizzla, Popcaan and Tony Matterhorn. All age groups are certain to enjoy a stellar show.
“We believe that this year that our numbers should be significantly larger than they were last year, or in previous years except for the first year when Artistry was a novel event. People readily responded . . . (and) this year, we believe we will get back to those initial numbers,” said Gilkes.
Headlining Saturday night’s show of Hennessy Artistry is Canadian-born Tory Lanez who is known for hits like LUV, Controlla and Say It. He will be performing in Barbados for the first time. Gilkes revealed that Lanez has Barbadian lineage from his father’s side, and was looking forward to visiting and experiencing what the island has to offer.
The show will also be undertaking philanthropic efforts to provide assistance to the island of Dominica which was devastated by category five Hurricane Maria two months ago. FAS7STAR and CAPITA Finance will be using the Hennessy Artistry platform to raise funds to provide educational assistance to the children in Dominica.
Gilkes indicated that a significant percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the nature isle. “The majority of the schools were either completely destroyed or they were damaged to one extent or another . . . . To make it worse, they are on the eve of having 2000 kids sit their CXCs and they don’t have the materials, they don’t have the technology and books, nothing with which to prepare these kids,” said the FAS7STAR director, adding that patrons will also be encouraged to donate at the show.
“We believe that this is something that needs to be done and we are going 100 per cent to ensure that it is achieved,” he said.