Botswana’s Hamptons Jazz Festival postponed

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Organisers of the Hamptons Jazz Festival have announced that they have postponed the event to a later date in September or October 2020.

The Festival had been slated for March 28, 2020 at the Royal Aria Stadium, headlined by artists such as South Africa’s Donald Mahwetša Laka, Vusi Nova, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Mozambican born Jimmy Dludlu, and Namibia’s Elemotho R.G. Mosimane.

According to the Festival organizer, Debbie Smith, through a press release, the postponement was a Coronavirus preventative measure following the President’s advice to the public on Thursday March 12, 2020 concerning the spread of coronavirus.

“Given that the Hamptons Jazz Festival attracts over 10 000 people, we have been following the advice of health experts and local authorities with regards to the Coronavirus preventative measures,” said Smith.

She added the Hamptons management, who also work in the medical field, prioritizes the health and well-being of its fans, the Hamptonettes.

“All Hamptonettes abroad who purchased accommodation through our system can defer bookings without penalties until the next event. Information and process of refunds for the festival tickets will be made available on March 31, 2020. All lay-byes and your merchandise will be stored until we have a way forward,” Smith said.

All tickets purchased would be valid for the next Festival 

The Hamptons Jazz Fest is another first big Southern African festival to be postponed in the wake of COVI9-19. Other events cancelled or postponed include the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, MTN Bushfire and Afrikaburn.

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