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Hamptons Bigger in 2018

Publishing Date : 20 November, 2017

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

Billy Ocean and Salif Keita are the headliners for the 2018 Hamptons Jazz Festival while Thabang Garogwe and Socca Moruakgomo are also confirmed as the local headliners.


In her own words, Debbie Smith, Hamptons Managing Director said: “Even though the 5th Annual Hamptons Jazz Festival is on the books and the event is 4 months away, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above all, the spirit Gaborone is a bucket list experience that you can repeat yearly.”


According to Smith, the Hamptons now in its 5th year will take place on the 23 & 24th of March 2018.  She said they have not released info on the theme for the 23rd as yet, but they will do in December. “It’s kind of like an ultra-endurance event for the ears indeed. I’ve seen performances by Billy Ocean across the pond, performances that ignited the audience.  Watching this in our own country would be awesome. What a great time to be alive and living in Gaborone,” she revealed.


Commenting on the locals Headliners, Smith observed that Thabang Garogwe makes a valiant effort to swallow the entire Hamptons affair with his forceful energy.  “The tidal wave of sound is awe inspiring and overwhelming. In between bits of overblown distortion and atmospheric passages.” She also delivered a pulsating review of Socca Moruakgomo who she said delivers pulse raising jazz beats and a jaw dropping trumpet tone.  “It will be amazing to see our locals getting the Hamptonettes to eat from the palms of their own hands.”


Smith revealed that Early bird tickets are nearly SOLD OUT, and authoritatively pointed out that Early Bird VIP is SOLD OUT. “Tickets can be purchased at the prestigious Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino. The Hamptons Desk is by The Pool Terrace. We are open from 8am till 8pm every day. Hamptonettes needing to laybye tickets can do so at Avani or ewallet. These two means of payments have become Hamptons flagship for peace of mind and convenience way of securing tickets,” she advised.


According to Smith Laybye is a minimum of P100 per ticket and the balance can be paid by 31st December. “Laybyes done via e-wallet are confirmed once we receive funds and we text your ticket numbers to you.” Early bird tickets also include a choice of a Hamptons Jazz fedora hat or Hamptons T-shirt. Fans buying these are encouraged to hurry as they are limited


“We can reveal that our tickets have been printed abroad including our own ticketing software to tighten on ticket security and touting which has been a problem in past events,” she said. “Tickets have a retro design feel to them in-line with the good old golden eras that Hamptons tries to re-live. Early bird tickets also include a choice of a fedora hat or Hamptons T-shirt. Fans buying these are encouraged to hurry as they are limited.”


WHERE IS THE EVENT?

The Hamptons, in its 5th edition, will be held at Duma Grounds Home of the Hamptons.  “We had logistics issues for the February 2015 event. We then perfected these at the October 2015 event and Hamptonettes were very impressed.  We skipped a year to prep and here we are even more organised and ready than before,” she said.


Smith said one of the Hamptons objectives has always been to attract both international artists & fans, “so that we promote our country with music tourism. Internationals promotions is not for the faint hearted as it comes with all sorts of problems especially on funds and logistics.” Billy Ocean charges in Pounds and without sponsors upfront it can be a challenge. Salif Keita charges in Euros, so invoices can need a promoter to be very switched on and be mindful of various currencies and equivalencies in Pula.


Smith said by bringing big icon International artists here, they hope to put Botswana on the global map, as these artists take to social media twitting or talking about The Hamptons. “We are also doing this for our Hamptonettes, so they do not always have to travel out of the country to see these artists. Our fans normally choose what they want so it’s great that promoters are giving them a choice of internationals and locals too,” she said.


Smith said she is currently busy with mobilization of merchandise as she could not find the rightly branded Hamptons Fedora at home.  T shirts are homemade, great quality and we are buying them from Cally Clothing. “I’m also busy with behind the scenes of logistics and getting reliable contractors.”


“Starr (CEO) is busy doing all internationals contracts making sure all is in place including legality permit paperwork.  The ground team headed by David Letshwiti & Daphney Makabe are frantically busy with Early bird ticket sales activations as the first month is the most busy.”


WHO ARE YOUR SPONSORS

“Hamptons started with no sponsors.  Starr and I try not to rely on sponsors to avoid disappointment.  One cannot organise an event relying on funds that can at times take a long to come through.  So we pay initial artists’ deposits with our own funds.  Once ticket sales commence, we then commission more services with those funds hence we always say the hamptonettes as our biggest stakeholder,” said Debbie Smith.


According to Smith, sponsors like to align themselves with brands that are doing well, even if their companies are not doing so well. “Whilst sponsorship is tough to get, we will not accept mediocre sponsorship either. Hence, you will find that the few sponsors or if more are coming are the best in their industry. I’m pleased to welcome Weekend Post as our media partner, thank you so much.


We have also today confirmed sponsorship from ENGEN, the best petrol providers in Botswana. We have more sponsors verbally promising and awaiting to sign on the dotted line soon. Thank you our sponsors, your support will go a long way indeed.  The Hamptonettes will be pleased with your service too.”

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