Entertainment journalist popularly known on Twitter as Olele Salvador has described the Tidal Rave beach experience as an unpleasant one. He said since it’s inception in 2012, this was the first time he attended and might just be the last. According to him, this year’s Tidal Rave Beach concert was full of exhaustion and crashing emotional.
In a thread on Twitter explaining how his day went, Olele mentioned how tiring it was to get to the event and huge crowd also attending even though the entrance wasn’t ticketed.
“Arriving at the main entrance was a mammoth crowd. Patrons looking to either get in, wait for their friends and fellow ravers or purchase tickets. The entrance want ticketed; the security/ ticket checks were done after going through the gate. That was an unpleasant experience “ he said.
The former Citi tv presenter lamented the festival begun late amidst technical challenges therefore had to leave around 9pm because no headline artists had performed.
“The festival was slated to start at 12 midday and end at 10pm. Some had been there since 3pm. As of 8pm, no headline act had performed. There were couple of technical challenges here and there. Some of the opening acts had to perform acapella of their records cos for some reason they couldn’t get their MP3’s played “ he added.
Olele further criticized the absence of police MTTD officers around the stretch to ease or control the traffic situation and urged the festival organizers to hold the artists on the bill accountable in their contracts.
“there was no presence of the MTTD or Ghana police to assist or ease the traffic situation. It had to take the locals to assume those roles to help. That was very worrying. Hold the artists on the bill accountable in their contracts. They need to show up on time, not because of their ego and stardom, but because this is business. Fans have paid to come to see them. We are not their hostages. Respect must be two way” he protested.
Tidal Rave Beach Festival is Ghana’s biggest beach festival and a key youth cultural moment in Ghana. The likes of Sarkodie, R2bees, Joey B, Gyakie, Darko Vibes graced the stage.