Isaiah Laing, conceptualizer of the renowned Sting, expressed his readiness to pass the baton after four decades of dedication to the iconic reggae and dancehall show. Laing, a retired high-profile police sergeant turned promoter, highlighted his intention to leave a lasting legacy, citing the need for a generational shift in leadership.
During an interview, Laing stated, “I’m going to leave the legacy because this year might be the last year that I will be at the helm.” Emphasizing the importance of youth, he announced his decision to involve his son and another partner’s young son in the event’s future management. Laing expressed confidence in guiding them, acknowledging the significance of preserving the legacy he built over the years.
Reflecting on his four-decade-long involvement with Sting, Laing remarked on the dynamic changes in the music industry, indicating that it is time for a change in leadership. “I’ve been doing Sting since I was 26, and Sting is now 40, so I think I’ve been there long enough now. It’s time for a shift because it’s the younger people’s time now,” he explained.
While Laing’s son has not officially commented on the transition, Laing shared his enthusiasm about the takeover. Recounting memorable moments from Sting, he highlighted the intense clash between Ninja Man and Super Cat in 1991, noting the electrifying atmosphere and the unity of the crowd. However, he expressed regret about the 2003 stampede during a clash between Ninja Man and Vybz Kartel, acknowledging it as his biggest regret.
Looking ahead, Laing expressed a desire for future generations to recognize his impact on bringing people from across the world together for annual clashes on Boxing Day. As he contemplates stepping down, Laing’s focus remains on ensuring a seamless transition while cherishing the rich history of Sting.