Asake the red-hot Afrobeats sensation, left latecomers apparently shocked after he arrived and ended a concert in Lagos on schedule.
Bizzle Ozikoya, the music executive, tweeted about the show which was held at Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, on Friday.
In a follow-up chat with TheCable Lifestyle, the artiste manager said many attendees who bought tickets to the concert and came expecting a late-night show were shocked to find the concert had ended when they arrived.
“Most times, the reason people come late is that shows don’t start on time. Besides, a lot of artistes don’t want to come out and perform at a show with a limited audience,” Bizzle said.
“I attended the Asake concert and it ended early yesterday at Eko Hotel. Asake got on stage at 11:30 pm and got off at 12:45 am.
“We had people getting there at 1 am. I guess it’s because they’re used to shows starting late, so they felt this wasn’t going to be any different. I feel like a lot of artistes shouldn’t even hold concerts in December. There are too many.
“There is too much traffic on the roads and artistes who are booked have to constantly move from show to show, hence they arrive late at the venue. This doesn’t make sense. We should actually state these things out.”
Some Nigerians also took to Twitter to mock those who missed the concert.
Una dey vex say Asake no perform reach 2 hours for him show
Mr Money no dey waste time, shey you no remember?😂😂
— Alhaji Beardless Smallie👳🏽♀️ (@the_smallie) December 23, 2022Advertisement
You heard him say, "Mr Money, no dey waste time," but you still came to his concert. @asakemusik thank for this amazing show.🐐
— 𝑺 𝑵 𝑬 𝑯 ➐ (@SnehQueenBee) December 23, 2022
Asake started his show at 11pm & finished by 12:45pm. People inside the venue are thinking it’s a prank, people are outside yet to enter. O shock e wan bakan🤣🤣
— Boluwatife. (@Tife_badass) December 23, 2022
Asake no Dey waste time but you wey pay 70k dey waste time.. 😂Advertisement
You snooze, you lose
— Do2dtun Energy gAD (@iamDo2dtun) December 23, 2022
Asake came on time for his show. He performed to 100%.
Asake also did a minute silence for those who lost their lives coming for his show in London. Also finished the show on time.
— Damilola Alagbe (@dammydudu) December 23, 2022
So you paid N10m for table, dressed in your Asake's finest, and still missed the show?
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) December 23, 2022
Asake has been in the news for unfortunate reasons since the stampede that broke out at his concert in London.
The singer put together a show at the 4900-capacity O2 Academy in Brixton where he performed his debut album.
The concert was, however, canceled mid-way after a crowd of thousands breached the doors in the stampede.
The incident left some of the concert-goers injured, with at least eight of them hospitalised.
Two of such concertgoers were later confirmed dead, having suffered injuries that left them fighting for their lives.
Prior to this, the singer had apologised, blaming promoters for his lateness at a previous show in Birmingham.
This had left many initiating talks about what they readily described as Nigerian artistes’ penchant for lateness.
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