TribeOne gig crashes before take off

2014-09-18 11:22

The inaugural, first of its kind, TribeOne Dinokeng Festival has fallen flat on its face a mere week before the crowds would have converged in Gauteng.

This morning the Sony-led organisers and the host, City of Tshwane, released statements declaring that the three-day festival was going to be cancelled.

However, the City of Tshwane has taken the matter to court in a bid to revive the event, and is still hopeful that the event organisers will change their minds.

The festival was going to host the biggest international, African and local artists. Global stars included Nicki Minaj, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, J Cole, Kid Ink and African stars Liquideep, Kwesta, Daara J, Alikiba, Redsan and Keko were already announced by TribeOne.

This was going to be one of the biggest festivals the country has seen, spanning three days and hosting dozens of artists. But now the organisers are at loggerheads and according to the City of Tshwane, the Sony-led organisers did not want to meet with them last week for a meeting to sort out their differences.

“The city’s last hope now rests squarely in the hands of the courts. Since the matter is before the courts, no further details on the matter can be divulged,” said the city.

The city said that the organisers had chosen an open area near Cullinan that had no infrastructure whatsoever, and requested the city to develop roads, install water supply and electricity and prepare the stage area, all of which the city allegedly delivered.

But the organisers say the city didn’t deliver and that’s why they have cancelled the event.

“Site preparation and related infrastructure development required to host the Festival, being the responsibility of the City of Tshwane, fell behind schedule to a material extent, such that it was no longer realistically possible to stage and deliver the festival to the scale and quality that the organisers had always planned,” said TribeOne Festivals.

The city has denied that they were in the wrong and added that it had heard from sources that TribeOne Festivals had “apparently failed to meet some of their financial obligations to the suppliers they had procured to assist with the staging of the event”.

The organisers said they would reimburse those who have already bought tickets ranging from day passes at R480 to weekend passes of R1 450.

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