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Published on February 18th, 2014 | by Andre Bagoo - Trinidad Newsday Newspapers

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‘Noise’ from North Stand disrupts large bands

NOISY festivities from both the North Stand and the now infamous “Greens” yesterday resulted in complaints that they were hindering the Panorama semi-finals which was well underway at the Queen’s Park Savannah last night. The problem appears to have started at the very start of the semi-final for the large steel-band category when the first band due to take the stage, Invaders, was about to perform at about 5.05pm.  The Tragerete Road, Woodbrook band, was all set to play its arrangement of Roland “Rembunction” Yearwood’s “Jam It” when things seemed to turn sour. A dull, low, but clearly audible thudding sound could be heard.

An MC at the competition said the band was ready to start but noisy tassa from the North Stand was hindering this. However, after patrons informed the MC that the noise was actually the bass from the music being played at the Greens – to the West – the MC corrected this.  “Forgive us North Stand,” he said. “The sound is actually coming from the Greens. We’ll just wait for that to calm down.” They had to wait for about three minutes. Valley Harps went on to bring the house down, earning loud cheers from both the Grand Stand and the North Stand for their rendition of Michelle Huggins-Watts’ arrangement of the popular soca Happiest Man Alive by Machel Montano.

However, when the second band, Tropical Angel Harps, came on and began its performance of Winston “De Fosto” Scarborough’s “In De Minor”, the same noise could be heard. The band played on, and there was no remark from the MC.  But as the sun began to set and the revelry began to reach new highs at the North Stand, there was once more a call for order.

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