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Destra cancels QoB show normal normal; Trinis can’t afford bacchanal

Anytime the following three words, “Trinbagonians”, “frugal” and “Carnival”, can be found in the same sentence, thou knowest the time is near.

(Source: The first book of Bacchanal 1:2-3).

And, this morning, the management of Destra Garcia’s Queen of Bacchanal concert was forced to cancel its show, titled “Queen”, which was scheduled for tomorrow at O2 Park.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago soca star Destra Garcia.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago soca star Destra Garcia.

Apparently, Trinidad and Tobago revellers looked at the rosiest bam bam in the business with bonafide hits for over a decade. And then they looked at VAT, oil prices, rising drunk driving fines and potential layoffs.

And Trinbagonians, who fete through everything from the coup to swine flu, made their decision: Normal, normal.

A release from Destra’s camp said the show was cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances”—otherwise known as ‘the recession’—and ticket holders are asked to return their tickets to the Digicel Experience Store at Ansa Centre, Maraval Road for a full refund.

Destra apologised for any disappointment and promises to do a QoB event in the near future. Probably when oil prices go above US$60 a barrel.

Forget Zika, Health Minister, take the pulse of the nation quick when men not handing over the cash for a night with “Lucy” and “Saucy Wow!”

Photo: Loose like goose. (Courtesy Islandistas.com)
Photo: Loose like goose.
(Courtesy Islandistas.com)

On the plus side, now might be the perfect time to get Shurwayne Winchester or Patrice Roberts to sing at your wedding reception for about the cost of a house DJ.

The downside is, if Trinis aren’t prepared to spend for Carnival—and reward the only time of the year when bacchanal and ‘wotlessness’ is married with productivity, creativity and aerobic exercise—then how is the country going to jump start its faltering economy?

Mr Live Wire cannot confirm rumours about the economy being so bad that Ian Alleyne is picking up girls in Woodbrook by offering them a box of popcorn chicken and passage home.

And the former Spalk Minister is urging his partner to take Lurbz to court for palimony.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley better do something quick to lift the public’s mood before there is so little money changing hands that cricket captains replace the coin toss at the Oval with rock, paper, scissors.

And Kristian has to sell the house and beg Tanty Kamla to sleep on the couch.

Photo: Crime Watch star  Ian Alleyne... That is wetting!
Photo: Crime Watch star Ian Alleyne… That is wetting!

Editor’s Note: Mr Live Wire urges Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to make an address to the nation urging Trinbagonians to see it as their civic responsibility to fete and wine on a bumcee on every night until Ash Wednesday to help the economy.

And, as Commander in Chief, Keithos should lead by example! Sorry Sharon, the country needs a good Doctor.

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  1. “And the former Spalk Minister is urging his partner to take Lurbz to court for palimony.” Oh God, how you bad so? WIN!

  2. Not a good role model this destra.

  3. Aye, allyuh remember back in d day when it used to have Customs fete on a carnival Wednesday and Tears on ah Thursday? Dem was some gud days!

  4. Doh even book the boat, just promote it! Haha

  5. Ah go make a Kaiso name “Cancel It”

  6. I gonna throw a boatride entitled “Cancel It” oui

  7. Ah predicting ah BIG turn out fuh mud mas this year ….. nuh even paint …. is mud!

  8. Normal normal….destra we love u !!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Well, is actually a tief,, yuh eh gettin it back

  10. Peasants revolting against the queen yes. Allyuh should go and eat cake!

  11. Few from her kingdom wanted to pay to go see her

  12. Why does Preddy’s song get into the #ISM finals…when I look on Youtube it was released since 2014…am I missing something?

  13. Not that they can’t afford they just dont want to spend. Somehow people find the funds to go to MM.

  14. So Destra told the patron to return his ticket at Digicel for a full refund?

  15. If Destra has her concert before MM, then ppl will be saving their money for MM. If she has it after MM, then ppl would have spent all their money for MM.

    Damn if you do and damn if you don’t.
    Seriously though, she isn’t at that point where she can have an annual concert….perhaps in other islands, but not in Trinidad. Unless she doesn’t something drastic, she has plateaued.

  16. ??? Mr Livewire aka Lasana why you have me laughing out hard in the people’s office???

  17. I am not a fan, but what do people say her shows are like? Remember the other shows are either heavily sponsored or have created a following over the years hence others are now seeing it as a path to either visibility or full pockets. I would have really thought in the short season reason would have prevailed. Why must we be willing to learn the hard way or are some of us delusional?

  18. Army said they had one million people? That is like how they love to say cocaine seized with a street value of $6 million?! :-/

  19. Army had 1 million? I though so yuh know

  20. Hahahaaaaa it would seem so Chica Emery

  21. When Destra was on stage at Army fete she asked the million plus in attendance if they going her Destra Wednesday and they all shouted yes. So It leaves me to wonder if they were telling lies.

  22. Smh. About 8 other fetes got cancelled, including Soca in D Balisier, allyuh go look to bacchanalize Destra cancelling hers. Smh.

  23. “…Trinis can’t afford bacchanal.’- WIN!

  24. Ha! Fete promoters and local entertainment industry as a whole think events income is tax free income

  25. Wait, wait… Allyuh was picking on the doubles vendors. Are fete promoters and soca stars up to date on their taxes?

  26. I totally agree with fixed dates for carnival…this long season/short season thing is a hindrance to mih proper fetin’

  27. Lasana, there is a story to be done about the amount of fetes that cancelled this year

  28. Nah Brian, we must never get in the habit of discarding traditions out of expediency.
    Traditions cement culture and culture cements people!

  29. I think this is definitely a year of mediocre soca. This season does however highlight whether Carnival should be fixed days e.g first Monday and Tuesday in March (as an example), instead of the Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday. Advantage being that the length of the Carnival season would be fixed.

  30. Weys joke fuh schoolboy yes……..
    All yuh know what does happen when soca artiste doh make enough fuh retirement right?

    Dey does fall prey tuh political exploitation in exchange fuh house and healthcare!

  31. I don’t think so…Ive been to a few fetes and the DJ’s are working with what they have by mixing in hits from previous years…..There a just to many events on the calender….Imagine as of yesterday there were 7 days to carnival with 67 events left….is only so much party people could go in one day/night inno

  32. But Lasana yuh know I hear some good soca eh..doe mine I had to point them out to my girlfriend all night last night 🙂

  33. Do you think the mediocre soca this year is partly behind cancellations though? I still feel it is more financial than anything else. But not that much new soca tracks to get excited about. Right Fayola?

  34. Destra’s show was cancelled long before it even hit the ground….I chuckled when she tried to enlist Caesar’s Army to try to boost sales….Even them aint that Lazarus-esq

  35. I didn’t even know that song by Destra existed before Saturday. I feel I was the only person in Army who wasn’t singing along with her

  36. “On the plus side, now might be the perfect time to get Shurwayne Winchester or Patrice Roberts to sing at your wedding reception for about the cost of a house DJ.” Hmmmmm…lol… Josanne Belfon

  37. Hear nah..Bunji nearly make meh go home with that yes Lasana..if MM wasn’t coming after I gone yes

  38. Patrice Roberts or Shurwayne Winchester for the price of a house DJ!!! LMBO ahahahaha!!!!
    Oh gad oye! I almost choked on my potigal.

  39. But several shows got cancelled this season. And I notice that artistes are sometimes bringing a ridiculous number of guest performers with them when they perform.
    Is that a help or something?
    At Army, Bunji and Fay stood back and let more than half dozen people get a two songs each.

    • That’s not necessarily them bringing the artistes with them, if the fete contracted guest artistes they usually have to perform with one of the bands that’s performing….and its usually about who performing when, who wants to perform when, who wants to go before or after whom!! Not everyone will want to perform with Machel per se or go after him,,,,

    • Ok. I suppose… Wasn’t fun when your artiste has to break in mid set to let of people sing two songs though. Kills vibes.

  40. I wonder if Kes is still on

  41. Lol. After the dismal attendance, no appearance of ALL the guest artists last year I saw the advertisement for another concert this year as self-flagellation

  42. They spend on MM.. reports say 50,000. money done
    Normal, normal