Organisers of the Hamptons Jazz festival say they expect a bumper crowd at the show, despite the revocation of an earlier permit that allowed them to operate till 6am.
They are also relieved that entertainment lovers will have a relaxed schedule following the postponement of the much publicised Botswana Tourism Organisation’s (BTO) ‘Of Basket and Song’ event that was to be held two weeks earlier.
The event organizer, Debbie Smith, said this on Wednesday at a press briefing held at Avani hotel.
Smith was responding to a question on whether her team was intimidated by the sudden and much cheaper event hosted by BTO.
“To tell you the truth I knew that BTO would host a musical event. When we heard the news that it was going to be two weeks before us and they are bringing another British artist, we were not amused.”
Smith further said they met with Minister Tshekedi Khama and ironed out the issues. “We understood where they were coming from and they even offered us access to their event so that we could advertise ours.”
Smith further said that they are not celebrating the postponement of the show which was initially scheduled to feature singer and songwriter, Seal.
Explaining the recent announcement by the Gaborone City Council (GCC) on the revocation of their overnight permit Smith said the initial permit allowed their show to go on until 0600am.
“So that means we are back to the midnight slot as it has been in the past years. The team has been taken from pillar to post when inquiring about the sudden change of heart and we are still continuing to engage the authorities on that matter.”
She further added that the new announcement would mean that they have to cut on the local artist line up who were engaged to perform until 0600 am.
The Hamptons Jazz Festival is expected to feature as its headline act, multi award winner, Billy Ocean, Salif Keita, Amanda Black , Thabang Garogwe, Zahara and ATI among others.
The festival will be hosted at the Duma FM grounds on March 24th.