Friday 19 January, 2018

Ultimate Rejects booked for Army Fete

The Ultimate Rejects get the crowd amped  during the bmobile "Eye Slam Concert series held at Hutt Shuts bar in Tacarigua on Wednesday night. PHOTO Jermaine Cruickshank

The Ultimate Rejects get the crowd amped during the bmobile "Eye Slam Concert series held at Hutt Shuts bar in Tacarigua on Wednesday night. PHOTO Jermaine Cruickshank

Reigning Road March Champions, The Ultimate Rejects, will definitely be performing at the annual Army Fete come Friday, February 2 at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

A release from the group said a spokesperson for “the safest fete in Carnival” assured the media earlier this week that “the people’s champions” would “always have a place at Army Fete” in response to recent reports in the media of The Rejects having lacklustre bookings thus far this season.

Following up on their 2017 smash hit, “Full Extreme”, which earned a record for the most played Road March winner ever in the history of the competition, the Ultimate Rejects released five songs between October and December 2017, with at least two of those releases receiving heavy airplay on radio stations and in the early fetes.

Two of these releases, namely: “Lightning Flash” and “Inside The Festival” have also been chosen by a number of steel bands (including the Reigning Panorama Champions, Massy Trinidad All Stars) as their selection for the upcoming Panorama competition.

Thus, when questioned by TV6 Investigative Journalist, Mark Bassant, “The Rejects” expressed “confusion” over the current state of their bookings calendar.

“You would think that promoters would want to have the group or the act that had such a tremendous impact on the population just ten months ago,” said lead vocalist, Edghill “MX Prime” Thomas during the exclusive TV6 interview, “but that doesn’t seem to be the case with some promoters. Management is relaying some conversations to us that are quite puzzling because we know that we made sure to produce and release great songs for the season and those songs have been getting airplay and positive reviews all around, but yet, we find ourselves being left out of many shows which we did last year.”

Asked whether their pricing and the inclement economic situation could be mitigating factors contributing to their absence, The Rejects agreed that this was, in fact, a possibility, but stated that it was one for which they had met and agreed to be prepared for in advance of the Carnival season.

“We definitely took the economic state of the country into account when we began planning our season,” stated, Joel “Iceman” Aming, “and we advised both our manager and booking agent to be accommodating to promoters. We don’t expect to be in all the fetes – that’s quite literally impossible – and we’re always busy making music, doing our monthly podcasts for our fans abroad and designing new merchandise and stuff like that, but when our fans start asking why and observing that they have not been seeing us advertised for certain major events and then, we get excuses and reasons relayed to us that have nothing to do with pricing or availability or song quality or popularity, we have to sit up and take notice and really wonder if this is what winning the Road March title is really about…”

Fans will definitely be treated to The Ultimate Rejects’ “Future Vintage” experience during their set at Army Fete, which will also feature live entertainment from: Double Soca Monarch Winner, Aaron “Voice” St Louis, alongside Marge Blackman; Patrice Roberts, Shal, Iwer, D All Starz band, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and “Hello” singers, Kes The Band.

Tickets for Army Fete can be purchased at all NLCB Lotto outlets nationwide, Bobby’s Bar – Curepe, Cache Stores Nationwide, In Excess – Arima and Port-of-Spain, all army camps and online at www.ticketfederation.com