Apologies at Isaacs 'no show'

PARTY pooper Gregory Issacs has enraged reggae ravers with his no-show at a big Ipswich event.The Jamaican legend was due to take the stage at the Corn Exchange at the weekend in front a crowd of about 1,000 people.

PARTY pooper Gregory Issacs has enraged reggae ravers with his no-show at a big Ipswich event.

The Jamaican legend was due to take the stage at the Corn Exchange at the weekend in front a crowd of about 1,000 people.

But he failed to live up to his musical moniker of The Cool Ruler by letting down his legion of loyal fans.

Promoters Missile Entertainment were left disappointed by the absence of the star turn, but paid tribute to the fans who stayed to party.

Manager Neil McKenzie said: "Gregory Isaacs let down his fans, but it was still a great night.

"We were well disappointed. We expected him from four, but when he hadn't shown up by eight we gave up.

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"We offered the fans a chance to get a full refund or come in anyway and get half their money back.

"A lot stayed anyway and our resident DJ Irie J saved the show."

Isaacs made his name in the 70s releasing record after record in a prolific spell of music making.

But just as his career was really taking off in the early 80s the Jamaican jammer had to spend some time off the scene – he was in jail for a drugs offence.

Mr McKenzie said Missile Entertainment plans to take Isaacs and his agents to court over his Ipswich no-show.

He said: "It's such a shame, because this was a community event. The Evening Star, the council and Radio Suffolk were all brilliant, but he didn't show.

"He let everybody down this time. We'd like to apologise to the fans and tell them it was out of control.

"We had a contract and he should have honoured that contract.

"But we'll be carrying on. Everything we've done before has been a success and we'll be putting on more events in the future."

A representative of Isaacs apologised to fans for the no-show but said he was feeling "under the weather".

"We gave them plenty of notice on the day and we let them know by 6pm, he said.

"We've backed him on a few events now and we haven't had any problems, although he does have a reputation for missing gigs."

He added: "On behalf of Gregory Isaacs, I would like to apologise to the fans that came out and we'll endeavour to make this up by holding a good quality show in the Ipswich area in the future."

He had no comment to make about the possibility of legal action arising from the wrangle.

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