Rained out in Margate

2012-12-03 00:00

THE highly anticipated South Coast Springbreak beach party, featuring top DJs from around the country, was rained out on Saturday, but organisers say the festival will be back in Margate next year.

Jessica Wheeler, one of the organisers, said the beach party would return to Margate because revellers had a great time despite the weather, which put a dampener on the day’s events, but didn’t spoil the night party.

“The events that weren’t cancelled were a phenomenal success and we believe everybody had a great time despite the wet conditions at the beach,” she said.

Wheeler said the weather was always a risk when planning an outdoor event.

“At some point a decision had to be made to cancel events on Saturday that could have posed a risk to the crowd because of rain and severe wind.

“The decision to drop our line-up of top DJs was very disappointing, but there was no choice,” she said.

This meant that crowds did not get to see the daytime performances from Lonehill Estate, Poppy, Dino Bravo, the Graeme Watkins Project, Chiano Sky and Locnville on Saturday, she said.

However, all the performers played at Backline night club that night.

Since the beach events were free of charge, no refunds were owed to members of the public who, however, had to pay to get into the club on Saturday night.

“The artists were staying in Margate, hoping the sun would shine, but they could only perform at the Backline night club during the evening events,” said Wheeler.

She said the organisers were disappointed with the bad weather because much effort and many resources were put into ensuring that Margate experienced the best of South African entertainment.

Co-organiser Vicky Wentzel, of Wozani Africa, said the the rain had been a “tragedy”.

However, she agreed the evening club events — which had been “fabulous” — had made up for the washed-out daytime events.

She said that sponsors Cell C had been impressed with Margate as a host town and would discuss returning next year.

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