Joy of Jazz festival chaotic – Wyatt

2012-09-01 18:01

International jazz musician Marcus Wyatt is unhappy about the treatment he received at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz last weekend.

The music composer, producer and trumpeter wrote a letter of complaint to the sponsors, claiming that he was ill-treated by security who also “banned” him from the festival.

“I am not really a diva or one to scream and shout about issues, but the way we were treated like criminals and the fact that someone handled my instruments without my consent didn’t make me happy,” said Wyatt.

In his 1 374-word letter, Wyatt claimed that he and his band were allocated dressing rooms without keys and, after their performance, they decided to leave their instruments to go and watch other performers.

On their return, according to the trumpeter, they found their instruments had been moved to what he said was a makeshift police station.

He also claimed his sound engineer Gavan Eckhart was punched in the face after having an altercation with a security guard who had refused to let them fetch their instruments.

But the organisers of the show, T-MusicMan, have disputed some of the allegations made by Wyatt.

“Our security personnel had to deal with belligerent behaviour by some members of Mr Wyatt’s band.

“Such behaviour includes, but is not limited to, two members of Mr Wyatt’s band who had to be disciplined for frolicking in the dressing rooms.

“One band member was rude to backstage security and splashed beer on the guard,” they wrote in an email to City Press.

But organisers said they will make amends.

“We will engage with Mr Wyatt about this with a view to ensuring that such incidents do not happen in future.

“As a festival we want to stress that it is important for all stakeholders to carry themselves in an appropriate and professional manner.

“Drunkenness and a disregard for the safety of other people are unacceptable, for instance,” the email said.

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