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Fans buying tickets for Adele's tour
have said they were shown the address
and credit card details of customers other
than themselves. Advance tickets were
made available to members of Adele.com
this morning. But several fans said they
saw other people's shopping baskets,
including payment details, upon check out.
Ticketing company Songkick said due
to the "extreme load" on the site some
customers could see others' account
details. It apologised for any "alarm".
"At no time was anyone able to access
another person's password, nor their
payment or credit card details (which are
not retained by Songkick)," it said.
Kiran Farmah, in Birmingham, said she
was offered tickets for Glasgow shows.
"I got through to buying tickets but it
came up with someone else's screen with
their card details and home address for
SSE," she tweeted.
Emma Harris in Woking told the BBC
she had experienced a similar problem.
"After queuing for an hour and half, we
clicked the tickets we wanted [and] got
pushed through to another screen but
different tickets were selected."
"We went with these anyway because
we thought otherwise we'd lose out. But
when we got to the next screen, where
you fill in your details, all of the boxes
were already filled in with somebody
else's name, somebody else's address and
somebody else's credit card number."
PETER RAY BLOOD
Kevon Carter has just finished an out-
standing performance in Brian Mac Farlane's
show Christmas Joy, where he performed
with a cast of T&T's best musicians.
The DNA of this talented 36-year-old is
distinctly for the performing arts as he is the
product of the artistic Carter family, originally
of Barataria, including his uncles, George Carter
of Los Alumnos parang group and iconic
dancer Jeffrey Carter, now domiciled in Europe.
"With the foundation of my family it was
only natural that I would pick up on the arts,"
said Carter. "At about the age of 12 I picked
up the cuatro and began playing some stuff.
This led me to join Los Alumnos de San
Juan. I played with them for roughly two years,
doing so up to the age of 14." Carter then pro-
gressed to playing the guitar, teaching himself
along the way.
At age 17, Carter migrated to New York. He
said: "So after my CXC exams my brother
Jason and I went there to meet my mother.
In the States I did the routine teenage stuff,
going to college and getting a job afterwards."
After being resident in the Big Apple for seven
years, the lure of music pulled Carter back
into its web.
"That s when the music bug bit me," he
said, "and I started to frequent many lounges
at which live bands performed. On specific
nights, they would have open mic segments
where musicians in the audience would be
invited to perform a number. I grew addicted
to that. I auditioned for American Idol in 2003
but only made it to the second round. It was
a small stepping stone for me but I was deter-
mined to continue developing my craft as a
vocalist and as a musician. That is when I
began composing my own songs, with Jason."
Still resident in New York, Jason is popularly
known as GBM Nutron.
Carter continued: "Jason and I continued
in the music business beginning when we
were still green in this business. We helped
each other develop, growing together as
Carter and his brother recorded the single
Celebrate Life in 2012, featuring Shal Marshall.
He returned home to Trinidad to promote the
song and decided to stay in Trinidad for two
months. He said: "I did a lot of promotions,
met a lot of people and did some networking
during my time here. Then, Imij & Co was
shopping around for a male lead vocalist. I
landed the gig but had to return to New York.
In July 2012, Imij leader Joey Ng Wai contacted
me and suggested that I return to the band
and do some collaborative work. To decide on
Joey s offer was a no-brainer. I returned and
the experience has been a most wonderful
Though still working with Imij & Co, Carter
continued to do a lot of his own work, which
landed him last September s Kevon Carter
Unplugged, an event which was immensely
successful when held at Fiesta Plaza, in Movi-
eTowne. "Prior to that Unplugged event, I had
continued composing and performing my own
material," said Carter. "I do not consider myself
a full-fledged soca artiste. I am just an artiste
who strives to create good music that would
be appreciated by audiences that want quality
"I think that our composers could do much
better in terms of content. A lot of mediocre
stuff is being accepted and labelled as the
music of T&T. For many of our artistes, our
music is just a seasonal hustle for a local and
Caribbean audience. I could count on one
hand the artistes who are doing anything pos-
itive for the music, or for taking the music of
T&T beyond the borders of the Caribbean
"I would love to see more substance in the
music, as well as a broader content for the
music. Wine and jam is all good, for a carnival,
but where is the longevity of that music? And
which global audience does it embrace or
attract? I would also like to see more unity
within the music industry.
"It is the only way we will be able to move
forward in a positive manner."
About how he became involved in Mac Far-
lane s Christmas Joy, Carter said: "I was singing
at a function last year and Mr Mac Farlane
was a member of the audience. After my set
he approached me personally and told me he
wanted to do a Christmas production and
wanted me to be a part of it. The experience
of doing that production was magnificent and
rewarding for me as I had never done musical
theatre before. For one of my songs, I had to
act, so that pushed me in a different dimension
as an artiste.
"The cast that I worked with, like Wendell
Constanine and Wendy Sheppard, was over-
whelming. I was nervous at first but they
mentored me, guided me and kept me com-
posed and focussed. I can see myself becoming
addicted to that musical theatre realm. It is
also good for my resume."
Because of working on a project that includes
producing an EP, Carter will not be producing
any new music for Carnival 2016, but will
continue performing with Imij & Co for Car-
nival 2016. He said: "I am currently in the
studio working on that release which I hope
to release by May 2016. Outside of that, I am
open to more offers to do more musical theatre.
My long term goal is to simply produce music
of substance with my work---the Kevon Carter
brand---that has depth, is inspirational and is
Bitten by the
From cuatro to soca,
Kevon Carter's artistry evolves
Adele tickets: Personal data breached
"I think that our composers could do
much better in terms of content. A lot
of mediocre stuff is being accepted
and labelled as the music of T&T. For
many of our artistes, our music is just
a seasonal hustle for a local and
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