It’s all systems go for Hamptons Festival

GOSEGO MOTSUMI

Artists in the star-studded Hamptons line-up will each perform for about one hour thanks to a bylaw permit secured from Gaborone City Council.
According to promoter Debbie Smith, the permit allows the Duma FM Grounds billed Hamptons Festival to start at 10am until midnight on 28th April.
“Hamptonettes can start coming in at 10 am and we will start playing at 12pm until midnight. We are pleased to announce that all artists have confirmed their presence for the set date. This is just a general standard permit but if the hours were to be extended it would be a bonus,” she said, pointing out that the current permit took a rather long time to secure than the previous one.
Smith also assured that the event will not be postponed like the first one which, she says, hit them hard financially. “For now, we continue where we left off with artists. But for now, we still need to make more ticket sales because some people are returning their tickets,” she said.
Meanwhile, all headlining artists have confirmed their participation at the Hamptons set for Saturday. Billy Ocean and Salif Keita will arrive in Botswana Friday morning, a day before the event while South Africa’s Amanda Black will arrive Saturday morning. “There are no changes to the lineup, everything has been going well. A new performance schedule will be issued and we will also be hosting revelers from outside Botswana,” Smith pointed out.

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