The organizers of the Rolex festival 2019 must be smiling following the event’s success.
The festival that happened on the 18th of August, 2019 at Lugogo Cricket oval, saw over 53,000 tickets sold.
Started way back in 2015, the event has over the years grown from just a simple function that used to happen at the Uganda Museum to now what is considered as one of the most attended social event in the Country.
Down from a total of 23,000 revelers in the previous edition, this year’s edition has seen attendance of over 53,000 people embracing the event.
With tickets sold at Shs5,000 for Kids, 10,000 ordinary and 30,000 for VIP, we can reliably assure that the organizers ripped big as the venue was full to capacity.
The kids area was not a joke as well as they too were in big numbers and were seen engaged in bouncing castles among other games.
Revelers started flocking the venue as earlier as 10:00am, before even the stipulated time; 12:00Pm.
For sure if one walked to Lugogo, they would be welcomed by not just the Music system, but as well noise coming from revelers who were spread all over Lugogo area.
“What exactly happening inside, is there free food or what,” asked one of the Boda boda riders.
Our reporter witnessed several incidences where revelers exchanged blows not just amongst themselves, but with the security officers as well as they tried to fight their way to the venue.
There were two entry points to the venue and the truth is, they were not enough as revelers were seen lining all the way from Jinja road around UMI, Shoprite area to the venue.
Revelers were struggling to access the venue as if it was heaven.one would wonder if it was a free entry event.
We have established that the organizers garnered over Shs600M if our Math serves us right. Judging from what transpired at the event, there were over 53,000 tickets sold and not forgetting a number of stalls that were selling Rolex and other foodies.
To show her excitement, Former Miss Tourism who also doubles as the founder and CEO Rolex Foundation, applauded revelers for turning up in what she termed as huge numbers.
“Thank you so much for coming, thank you for loving Rolex festival. Thank you for filling up cricket oval,” said enthusiastic Mirembe.
Chimpreports understands that every stall owner at the event had to part ways with Shs450,000 to be able to showcase and sell their foodies.
Speaking to Chimpreports, Jonathan Mawa,one of the vendors who seemed unhappy at the event said that it wasn’t easy securing space to do business from.
Mawa narrated to our reporter that he had secured his space earlier, but was taken by one of the vendors whose identity he feared to reveal.
“Getting space here was a tug of war; it was survival for the fittest.
Honestly, I think some individuals were favored most especially companies. Some of us paid before others, but almost missed to find where to operate.
The Rolex vendor also expressed his dissatisfaction at the day’s sales.
“Today’s sales have been disappointing, I think I have not achieved as I expected.”
The event was action packed with lots of fun filled activities including Music performances from Singers Kappa, Shammy K, Comedy duo Madrat and Chiko among others.
The highlight of the festival was when sensational singers Sheebah and King Saha gave in their energetic performances which kept revelers chanting, dancing and singing to the lyrics; never missing a single word.