So remember a few weeks back when the news was that the two premier Jamaican Independence weekend events ATI and RTI would be combining and it was going to be the way it was back in the good old days before dem split up?
Remember Kamal Bankay, spokesperson for the newly created Negril Dream Weekend saying:
“What’s really happening is that the strongest events in Negril have come together to make one band where the strongest will survive. So the so-called RTI band and ATI band that we’re used to for the last two years as it stands, is now one band.”
Turns out… not so much. Alex Chin of Absolute Entertainment, the originator of the whole ATI/RTI concept has let everyone know that RTI is still very much in the works for this summer.
In an interview with the Jamaica Star, Chin said:
“RTI is still on with the same parties except for Daydreams.”
Actually, both Daydreams and Wildsides have gone over to NDW but RTI still has a tough line up, including Stages, Joker’s Wild, Tempted, Pretty in Pink and Temptation Live.
Our sources say that the new (sort of) weekend holiday boys on the block are having a tough time getting sponsorship – as yet there is no title sponsor. However, it seems that corporate Jamaica has not committed to one or the other as yet since according to Chin, Absolute Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Red Stripe to maintain their title sponsorship and the details are being sorted.
Hmmm… and the story unfolds.