Popcaan announces the return of Unruly Fest
Dancehall artist Popcaan has announced that his Unruly Fest will return on December 22, 2023, after a three-year break. The first staging of Unruly Fest was held in December 2018 in St. Thomas and featured special guests Drake and Tory Lanez. The event was completely sold out, with thousands of local and international fans attending.
Popcaan, a native of St. Thomas, has always been proud of his hometown and shared his success with the community. However, in 2021, Popcaan threatened to move the festival from St. Thomas due to feeling targeted by the police after receiving several traffic violations. In 2022, he hinted to Clash Magazine that he would be taking Unruly Fest to London for the first time. Recently, Popcaan praised Protoje for the successful staging of the Lost In Time Festival in February, and Protoje said he was following the blueprint of Unruly Fest.
Popcaan’s 2019 performance at Unruly Fest was quite memorable, with his entrance to the stage via a harness rig and a rendition of his 2010 hit Dream while soaring above the audience. The daring aerial performance required a crane and was the first of its kind in Jamaica, leaving the audience in awe. Popcaan paused between verses of Dream to give a shout out to the incarcerated Worl’ Boss Vybz Kartel, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder and awaiting the verdict on an appeal. He said, “ah you mek dis possible.”
Popcaan’s announcement of the return of Unruly Fest has been met with excitement from fans who have been eagerly anticipating its comeback. With his promise of an incredible experience, this year’s staging is sure to be another memorable event.