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Late purchase of tickets affects SMF preps- Banda

Written by  Lydia Kalonde

Lucius Banda - File photo

Blantyre, November 8, Mana:  Musician Lucius Banda, who is patron of Malawi Sand Music Festival (SMF), has said late purchase of entry tickets by patrons negatively affected preparations for the previous music festivals.

“Despite registering success, previous music festivals were affected by late purchase of tickets by patrons. The development delayed payments for famous international artists,” said Banda in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Wednesday.

He said to circumvent the challenge; they will start adverting for the next year’s (2018) SMF as early as January to give people ample time to purchase original tickets to facilitate operations.

Banda, who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Balaka North, said this year’s (2017) festival which was held in Salima was one of the best considering the support it received from the public and had given him impetus to do more next year.

Banda, popularly known as ‘soldier of the poor’, urged patrons to buy original tickets when such events are organized to enable the organizers reap from their sweat.

Said Banda, “You see in the past years people thought we were making big money, but the truth of the matter is, we were making loses because people were not buying original tickets.

“For example, out of say 5,000 patrons, half or there about would actually buy the original tickets; the rest presented fake tickets at the entry point,” he said.

Banda therefore promised music lovers more goodies next year, saying he is contemplating to bring one of the popular international artists.

“We are expecting 10,000 music revelers to patronize next year’s festival,” added Banda while disclosing that Salima will still host the festival.

 

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