Ace promoter, Chipaz’s birthday bash flopped spectacularly at Andy Millar Hall over the weekend as few people bothered to attend. With the cream of local music including Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu leading the list of many other excellent performers, the celebrations were expected to draw a mammoth crowd.
Unfortunately, the event that was held to celebrate Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza’s 43rd birthday will go in showbiz history books as one of the worst flops of the year due to a combination of factors within and beyond organisers’ control.
It was evident that organisers had done most things correctly ahead of the show and it only needed a big crowd to spice up an eventful stage programme that had a fair share of surprises and outstanding performances.
By 9pm, only a handful of fans were milling around with the venue still to record any activity.The next hour saw fans slowly trickling in at a pace that evidently spelt doom for the night and by midnight, it was certain the event had attracted a small fraction of the expected crowd.
It turned out that the major put-off of the night was the price of tickets.Although organisers might justify their fares by claiming that it was expensive to bring together such a big line-up, prices of between $10 and $15 per head were exorbitant for many, considering the current economic challenges.
Organisers could not control the weather aspect, but they definitely could have attracted a better crowd with cheaper tickets.