Organisers of Sand Music Festival, Impakt Events, have warned of fake tickets that are being sold by unscrupulous people saying that no one is going to use fake tickets.
Impakt Events Director, Lucius Banda, sounded the warning in Lilongwe on Wednesday when he welcomed one of the international artists that will perform at the festival, Raphael Loopro from Germany.
“We regret that some of our fans may end up being victims that is why we are trying to sensitise them.” Banda said.
He further advised those who have already bought the fake tickets to return them wherever they bought and use mobile money banking transactions or buy from approved dealers.
Banda also indicated that fans can buy an original ticket when entering the venue on the day of the event.
On preparations, the music icon said they are at an exciting stage adding that apart from Loopro arriving in the country ahead of the show, Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania will jet in today afternoon, the day on which the festival kicks off.
Diamond performing at the festival for the second time is set to mingle with different players in Lilongwe today before his performance Saturday.
Loopro, who also performed at the last year ’s festival, promised to perform to his best ability indicating that he will rope in some songs done by other African artists.
He said he is also going to play his first African flavoured single which he has done with several African artists including a Malawian.
“The festival is an amazing initiative because we always want to enjoy life and the festival is absolutely the enjoyment of life,” Loopro said.
Founder of Malawi Goodlife, Daniel Dank, who has sponsored Loopro’s trip, said he is excited to promote culture exchange programme by bringing German artists to Malawi and taking Malawian artists to Germany.
“It has been always our aim to do cultural exchange programmes, this festival is a best example of how it may work. I also remember we had festivals in Germany; Malawian artists were there, including Maskal.
“Last year we managed to bring Lucius Banda to Germany” he said.
The festival is scheduled to take place at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima where several acts are expected to perform.
South Africa’s Master KG is also set to perform at the festival Saturday night.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.