With cries by most local show promoters over bouncers pocketing gate takings getting louder, scenes that characterized Saturday’s Castle Lager National Braai Festival event proved there is still a long before a solution is found to deal with the practice.
With hundreds of music lovers drooling to step a foot inside Old Hararians Sports Club after the official ticket disbursing agents had abandoned their duty, it was now upon the bouncers manning the gates to take matters into their own hands.
The Initial $RTGS 40 gate entry fee which would be accompanied by a braai pack and one-litre draught beer is the cash amount bouncers demanded from desperate showgoers.
However, after parting with the amount, it would only be a reveller’s party without freebies.
In August, shattered by bouncers who had pocketed significant amounts from gate takings, Simbarashe “Simba Bodyslam” Chakare announced that he would no longer hold the quarterly Madirirano music festival.
Earlier on this year, organisers of the Ikonic Chronicles concert which featured Nigerian superstar Patoranking were in bad business again as bouncers pocketed money by allowing free cheap access to VIP and VVIP sections for a fee.
Meanwhile, there was chaos within the venue which led to the premature closure of proceedings after Zimdancehall maestro, Winky D abruptly disembarked from the stage after being frustrated by engineers.
Missiles flew from all angles as revellers expressed their bitterness at the sound engineers.