Revellers run amok after music concert flops in Eastern Cape

Angry revellers attending a music concert in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Saturday night took their frustration out on the event equipment.
Angry revellers attending a music concert in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Saturday night took their frustration out on the event equipment.
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Angry revellers attending a music concert in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Saturday night took their frustration out on the event equipment‚ causing thousands of rand worth of damage when none of the headlined acts showed up.

Tickets to the 3rd annual Camouflage Camo Night‚ which cost up to R550‚ had promised a line-up of popular music acts such as Babes Wodumo‚ Distruction Boys‚ Nasty C and Riky Rick. They were all “no-shows”.

Flamboyant South African Idols judge and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo‚ scheduled as the host‚ was one of the few listed who made it‚ but he only made an appearance close to midnight.

Some hours after this‚ as none of the main acts had arrived‚ fans lost their patience and went on the rampage‚ trashing equipment‚ including speakers and lights‚ as well as fencing.

While concert-goers blamed event organiser Isiphile Benya of L.I.E entertainment for the empty promises‚ Benya‚ who the Daily Dispatch was unable to make contact with by the time of writing‚ issued a statement saying he had been let down by a charter company meant to fly the musicians to Mthatha.

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