On Monday, Ugu District Municipality sent out a media statement announcing the news of having to cancel the event, due to challenges in awarding the tender.

The advert for a suppliers to bid was advertised in January, after the former organiser, Cyassounds Holdings’ contract had expired.

In the statement, Ugu spokesperson France Zama said the municipality wished to advise all the ardent jazz lovers that the event had been postponed to next year, due to unprecedented delays in the awarding of the tender.

“The Ugu Jazz Festival has over the years manifested itself into the biggest musical extravaganza in the Ugu District and has managed to capture the interest and hearts of all music lovers across the continent.

The municipality is determined to build upon the past successes of this flagship event by presenting our jazz lovers with the enhanced experience of the Ugu Jazz Festival during the month of June next year,” said Zama.

Zama said that an announcement will be made in due course of the appointed bidder who will organise the Ugu Jazz Festival for the year 2019, once the due tender processes have been finalised.

On the same day a press release was sent out by Cyassound Holdings announcing a festival of the same calibre but with a different name the Ugu Jazz Arts Festival, to be held on June 30.

The question is whether this new festival will be in partnership with the district municipality.

Cyassound Holdings said they have acknowledged and welcomed the decision taken by Ugu to cancel the event.

“Cyassounds Holding has successfully managed the Ugu Jazz Festival from 2011 to 2017.

The festival was initially staged as a one day event annually and we extended the concept into a month long programme of build-up events incorporating: Indigenous Music Festival; Arts Conference; Pre-Party and Picnic.

We are so grateful to Ugu for entrusting us with this huge project for the past seven years. We can never express enough gratitude to all Ugu Jazz Festival partners who trusted us to deliver the project for seven years long,” said Siyabonga Msomi, Director of Cyassound Holdings.

Msomi said that because of the relationship, the company has built with the festival patrons, they have decided not to abandon that relationship and host the first annual Ugu Jazz Arts Festival on June 30 at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

Msomi said tickets will be available at Computicket. He said the full programme is still to be communicated before or on April 30.

General cost R280, Golden circle R350 and VIP R1 200. Also a topic on the South Coast is Msomi’s new concept of having a Jazz concert on a cruiseliner, “Jazz on the Cruise”. This concept has caught all jazz goers attention, however, is confusing ma-ny.

Many people think the ship cruise is the official Jazz event, however, Msomi said the cruise and the Ugu Jazz Arts Festival are two different events.

“The date and logistics of the Jazz on the Cruise are yet to be confirmed at a later stage.”

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