I-Octane, Mr. Vegas at odds over who should close Dancehall Night at Sumfest

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After headlining Dancehall Night at the 2013 edition of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane has declined an offer by show organizers to close the show again this year, instead calling on Mr. Vegas, who questioned Sumfest's selection of Octane as the closing act last year, to finish the show.

Last year, after it was announced that I-Octane was closing Dancehall Night, Mr. Vegas became increasingly vocal about the show's line-up.

He openly questioned the show's promotion of the singjay as the closing act. He also questioned why young Reggae artiste Chronixx, performed on International Night 2, suggesting he would have been a better fit for Dancehall Night.

"Honour to Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who have closed Sumfest for many years. Last year, many people were sceptical and thought it was a risky move to make me as a young artiste close the show. The outcome was good and the reviews were good, and despite that, Mr Vegas still had nothing positive to say, and I think he should have been happy that a young youth was stepping out and prospering. If Mr Vegas is performing, I am not closing, I want to perform before him. I am not trying to stop any artiste from performing at the show. But because of what Vegas said last year, I want him to close the show " I-Octane said.

When contacted, Mr Vegas said I-Octane should close the show again, since he sees himself as the next "King of Dancehall".

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"I think 'The King' of last year's Dancehall Night should close this year again. When Beenie Man was King, he did it for years, back to back. My advice is, close it again brother, you put a lot of promotion and hard work into it last year, to show that a you a run the place," Vegas said.

"I just closed Jamming Festival in Colombia last night, and I didn't do a campaign and invite all the media houses to centre the whole festival around me. Everyone that performed, Turbulence, Anthony B, among others, played their part, it did not matter who closed. I have nothing to prove, I just give thanks that my blessings still a come down from God ... artistes need to realise that if you do good music, yuh nuh haffi set torch inna venue. Any fire that blaze up too fast, out quick," Vegas said.

"Spend more time focusing on building a legacy, instead of trying to run the place and claim 'bigmanship'. When the promoter says it's my time, I am ready, not when I say it's my time," Vegas added.

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