The Account; Livespot X Festival In Review By Nana Asare
In the past few days the event industry has experience various dimensions of poor organisation by organisers of the most hyped Livespot X Festival which had Cardi B as the headline artist.
Present at the event by kind courtesy of Ezekiel Tetteh (Stip), Kweku Of Ice Cup and following the trolls on various social media platforms, I take chance to review the whole experience.
1) THE MEET & GREET:
Ahead of Cardi B’s big night in Accra, organisers quickly puts up a needless meet and greet event, which ended in a fiasco.
Looking at the arrival time of Cardi B and her team into Ghana, there was no need for a meet and greet. Parading Ghanaian personalities at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel for a meet and greet session without briefing the Artist (Cardi B).
Causing Ghanaian female celebrities who where present at the venue via an invite to bash the sensational female rapper for no reason across various social media platforms.
Further agreeing to show up at 8pm, after a fat meal of poor communication. The needless meet and greet ate deep into the main event time causing a huge mess for the paid show.
Distorting the whole line up of a great night, I wondered if it wasn’t possible for the meet and greet to hold at the Accra Sports Stadium at Same time Cardi B agreed to come out at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel to avoid delays or even earlier.
2) Misplacement Of Real Time Experience:
Up until 10pm lights on the main stage were off, led screens went to sleep. Organisers attributed it to generator faults. The stage lights and led Screen came back on but this time round organisers decided not turn it on till it’s time for Cardi B to perform.
Forcing Guru, Kwaku Smoke, Eno, Dj and some Mc’s to perform in total darkness without stage lights or screen effects.
Which seemed very disrespectful from where I stand.
Show continuously went on recess, for hours. At a point one could feel the anger of patrons who traveled near and far for the Livespot X Festival.
The only time the stage set up and coordination went well was when Cardi B had arrived backstage for the event. Quickly barricades where removed from the stage for the full use of the stage. The led screen came on, sound volume was fully up and the stage lights were in full display.
Cardi treated fans to a stunning performance with her dancing moves on activation.
To me the stage wasn’t meant for any other artist but for Cardi B. I felt it was planned to have the stage in absolute darkness till Cardi B performed.
And that actually didn’t work out for those of us who came purposely to have fun with the the listed artistes on bill.
After her performance the rest was nothing to write home about, Sarkodie, Tiwa Savage, Patoranking, Shatta Wale and others didn’t show up on stage to to perform and organisers ended the show after an hour of playing a repeated song without lights.
3) Experience of a Lifetime:
If you have attended a live music show or concert anytime in your life, you will surely agree that such events are the experience of a lifetime that will stay with you forever.
Once the stage is set, the spotlights are turned on and the performing singer/band take their place, the fans begin to absorb and take in every second of the performance, swaying with the music and singing along with their I,dol!!
In this case none of these happened at the Livespot X Festival which had top guns from Ghana (EIB network and Btl Africa) handling grounds work.
A shameful sight to behold, and that wasn’t the lifetime Experience patrons paid for.
With S Concert tired to it, Livespot X Festival shouldn’t be rated as a successful event in Ghana.
As for poor communication on the part of organizers, I would have to ink another article.