Poor organisation let down an otherwise splendid performance by the two international stars Akon and Sean Paul on Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.
Their performances which had earlier been pencilled to begin at 6:30pm only got off at 10:50pm so as to allow scores of people who were still queued outside the stadium to enter.
At 8pm, thousands of people who had bought the $15 and $25 tickets were still queueing outside waiting for their turn to enter the National Sports Stadium.
Few gates had been open to cater for them.
“Munhu anemakeys egedhi rino arikushaikwa (The person with the keys for this gate is nowhere to be found),” said a security guard who had been manning one of the gates that had been locked.
The police had to use dogs to control the rowdy crowds.
Those who had paid for the $50 VIP tickets and the $100 Golden Circle had to endure climbing a small uphill pathway to get to where the gates were as the parking was reserved.
Inside the stadium, everyone could go anywhere they wanted although a few policemen tried to stop people without the suitable badges from getting into the arena reserved for VIP ticket holders.
People trickled into the field from lower corners of the terraces into the VIP section such that the much-acclaimed Golden Circle did not exist.
A few cultured revellers who had paid the $15 and $25 tickets chose to see the performances from the terraces they had been allocated.
“I am wondering where the difference is between us who paid $100 and everyone else, I should have known better,” said a wistful Amy Beck who had retired from where she had been standing because of the rowdy crowd that had taken over the “Golden Circle”.
Alcoholic beverages were costing a fortune; soft drink cans were pegged at $2 together with local lagers, ciders were going for $3. Food also had exorbitant prices.
Urban Grooves artistes only started performing at 9:15pm.
Extra Large, Leonard Mapfumo, ExQ and Cindy put up spirited performances in turn but Winky D proved a cut above the rest commanding a large part of the audience with some of the hits from his latest album, The Igofigo.
Sean Paul got onto the stage at approximately 10:50pm and put up a world-class performance with his live band and four female dancers clad in lingerie-like outfits.
Soon after singing his hit of the moment Hold my Hand, Sean Paul also took time to sing the song Zimbabwe which was originally done by Bob Marley.