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HEINEKEN STARTIME CONCERT SERIES TO RETURN WITH NEW NAME IN JANUARY!

 Michael Barnett—

Startime, the live show credited with sparking the rocksteady revival of the 1990s, returns in early January.

Michael Barnett, who started the event as Heineken Startime in June 1988, told the Jamaica Observer that details of the show will be announced soon.

Startime was last held in September 2013 at Mas Camp in Kingston.

“Since Startime ended as an annual series of concerts in 2007, vintage artistes and musicians really have no platform in Jamaica to consistently expose their music, stage craft and talents …. and they still have a major role to play in the big picture,” said Barnett.

Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs

Heineken Startime was first held at Oceana Hotel, downtown Kingston, with Gregory Isaacs as headliner.

Many of the artists who performed on the show were giants of the late 1960’s rocksteady era including Leroy Sibbles, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis.

–By Howard Campbell

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