Over the weekend, some Ugandan musicians were scheduled to perform in London at the Royal Regency Hall. It was going to be a memorable show for some artistes like Vinka as it was the first time she was travelling for a performance abroad while for the likes of Geoffrey Lutaya among others, it was like any other performance.
However, that wasn’t possible because of circumstances out of their hands.
A video did rounds today on social media showing on Sunday the enraged crowd throwing water and beer bottles on the stage as well as chairs and everything they could get their hands on. They looked angry and were abusing and cursing on top of their voices. The crowd was doing all this because they were angry with the musicians thinking they are to blame for flop yet it’s actually the promoter (Who we couldn’t establish by the time of publishing this) to blame for all the mess.
The information we received from sources is however that, the promoter refused to pay the artistes on time, going against the contract they had signed. In the contract, he was supposed to pay them fully before they stepped on stage but when D-day came, he said he would pay them after the show. It’s for this reason that they refused to step on stage.
Vinka who confirmed that they could not step on stage blamed it on the ‘incompetent promoter’who instead had too many curtain raisers. She apologized to her fans on a Facebook post.
“My London fans.. It’s unfortunate that a sold out show couldn’t go on as planned. The promoter violated his contractual obligations at all fronts and failed to manage the event program well leaving you to endure long opening acts and you evidently ran out of patience. As a result the show couldn’t continue under those circumstances.
We apologize for having dealt with an incompetent event planner. We promise to do better next time.We promise to do better next time”. She said.
It is said that items worth millions were destroyed and this is because entrance was 40 dollars ordinary and 60 dollars VIP which was way too expensive for such kind of shows.