Top South African DJ Cleo — whom Circus Nightclub had hoped to be their trump card against competition from Brick and Lace who were also in town – failed to turn up for the show on Saturday night.
It is understood that the DJ’s permit, which is a prerequisite for visiting artistes, was not in order.
But the crowd that turned up for the show went on to have a good time. They probably didn’t even notice DJ Cleo’s absence as the beach party, which manager Cynthia Qongo had earlier indicated would draw crowds, was in full swing.
During the beach party the club established a sandlot on the dance floor and sank artificial palm trees to create the ambience of a moon-lit beach while revellers had on typical beach attire.
The night spot was literally packed with hundreds of revellers, mainly females clad in tiny “butty-riders” and tiny dresses.
One could hardly walk inside the club and the overflow compartment overlooking the main stage was also full. By 2am, the main stage had also been turned into a dance floor.
Reasons for DJ Cleo’s non-appearance, however, could not be ascertained as the promoters were also at a loss for words.
“We are also at a loss at what really happened. We paid Simmad $3 000 for him to pay Cleo so that he could perform at our club but he did not turn up,” said Circus Nightclub DJ L-Roy.
He added they would have a meeting today to discuss the issue.
The club had in anticipation of violence at the show hired anti-riot police to man the entrance.
The same night, the Jamaican sisters, Brick & Lace, failed to live up to expectation.
The sisters, whom revellers had thought would give a performance of a lifetime, ended up calling people on stage for dance competitions.