Garcia concert fall ‘a very unfortunate accident’

  • Cup Match Summer Splash: Destra Garcia (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Cup Match Summer Splash: Destra Garcia (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Soca performer Destra Garcia had to call off upcoming shows after breaking her ankle at last week’s Cup Match Summer Splash concert — but the mishap was described as “a very unfortunate accident” by organisers.

Contrary to reports in the media in Trinidad, the stage held strong during the show, and statements that it had given way were “absolutely not the case”, Andrew Holmes of 441 Productions told The Royal Gazette.

Mr Holmes was backed by a spokesman for the Corporation of Hamilton, which owns the Par-la-Ville venue, who pointed out that Sean Paul, the headline act, went ahead with the show after the songstress was taken to the hospital for treatment.

“441 have been doing productions island wide for years,” he added.

“They are one of the island’s top promoters — we don’t think they would let any performance go ahead if there was something wrong with the stage.”

A witness said Garcia had slipped between the stage and a speaker while performing — confirmed by Mr Holmes, who said Garcia had made “a couple of steps from the stage to the speaker stacks”.

“She went to do that again and unfortunately she fell. The only way I can describe it is an extremely unfortunate accident. We wish her a speedy recovery.”

Garcia was taken away on a stretcher, with her neck in a brace as a precaution, and Brian Morris, her manager, said she would require surgery.

Mr Holmes thanked the St John’s Ambulance Brigade for their assistance.

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Published Aug 7, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 7, 2017 at 6:53 am)

Garcia concert fall ‘a very unfortunate accident’

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