Beach party can­celled at the last minute

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE fifth edi­tion of the Maseru Beach Party was can­celled at the last minute on Satur­day, leav­ing rev­ellers fum­ing at the venue on the shores of Maqa­lika Dam.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2011, the fes­ti­val has been held on the first Satur­day of De­cem­ber and meant to af­ford rev­ellers the ex­pe­ri­ence of a beach de­spite Le­sotho be­ing hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres from the coast.

How­ever, the or­gan­is­ers of the Maseru Beach Party did not show up even though the tick­ets for the event had been sold ahead of time.

Con­tacted for com­ment, one of the or­gan­is­ers, Sir Sch­aba, would not be drawn to ex­plain the rea­sons for the can­cel­la­tion, say­ing it was be­cause of “cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol”.

“Due to cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol, Maseru Beach Party 2015 could not go on.

“We are still work­ing on a mech­a­nism to re­im­burse those who bought tick­ets,” he said.

“The process of re­im­burs­ing rev­ellers is a bit tricky be­cause the tick­ets were sold through Com­puticket, so we are talk­ing to them to find a so­lu­tion to this mess.

How­ever, Sir Sch­aba said “it won’t be pos­si­ble” for them to re­fund tick­ethold­ers in full since Com­puticket was not li­able for the can­cel­la­tion and will still take what is due to them.

“We urge tick­ethold­ers to hold on to them un­til we have all the in­for­ma­tion about the way for­ward. We will in­form them soon about the out­come of our dis­cus­sions. We sin­cerely apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience,” he said.

One of the artists billed to per­form at the event told the Week­ender, on con­di­tion of anonymity, said he was told that the com­pany hired to pro­vide the sound sys­tem dis­ap­peared at the last minute.

MO­JABENG Senekal

Sir Sch­aba.

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