The impending clash at Sting 2023 between Dancehall artiste Demarco and fellow deejay Fully Bad, Kyodi, or even Shane O has been a topic of speculation and anticipation. Sting founder Isaiah Laing has assured the public that Demarco will indeed be part of the lineup for the iconic event taking place at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine, on December 26.
However, the uncertainty surrounding Demarco’s appearance initially revolved around his demand for a substantial J$6 million performance fee. In a recent interview with The FIX podcast, Laing addressed the financial aspect, emphasizing that Demarco will be compensated handsomely for his participation in the lyrical clash. Although Laing refrained from specifying the exact amount, he assured Demarco would be paid “nicely.” The podcast speculated that negotiations between Demarco and Laing regarding the fee had taken place. Notably, the requested six million is regarded as the highest fee ever sought by a local act for a performance at the annual Sting event.
Simultaneously, Isaiah Laing has announced his decision to retire after this year’s Sting, marking its 40th anniversary. In a separate interview, Laing discussed his legacy and the need for a generational shift in leadership for the iconic reggae and dancehall show. Expressing confidence in guiding the younger generation, he disclosed plans to involve his son and another partner’s young son in the future management of the event. Laing reflected on his four-decade-long involvement with Sting, recognizing the changes in the music industry and the importance of passing the baton to the youth.
As Sting approaches its milestone year, Laing’s focus is not only on the impending clash but also on ensuring a smooth transition for the event’s future. His desire is for future generations to acknowledge the impact of Sting in bringing people together annually for electrifying clashes on Boxing Day. The clash between Demarco and one of his lyrical nemesis now carries additional significance as it unfolds in the backdrop of Isaiah Laing’s farewell to the event he has passionately nurtured for forty years.