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I LEFT BECAUSE SHOW DIDN’T START ON AGREED TIME – Mr Drew Responds To ‘No-Show’ Allegations By Event Organizer

 Well-known Ghanaian musician Mr. Drew has reacted to a lawsuit filed by the event planner alleging that he failed to show up for a recent Easter celebration.

JamRock Event Centre filed a complaint on April 15, 2024, claiming that Mr. Drew had promised to perform at their show but had withdrawn at the last minute, even though he had been paid a part of his money. This was the beginning of the conflict.

The artist’s unexpected and unscheduled absence was reported by the event center. Therefore, GH¢200,000 in compensation was asked.

Mr. Drew, however, has strongly refuted these allegations and referred to them as a “falsehood.”

The artist, Mr. Drew, and his team released a comprehensive press release on April 17 that he posted on his X handle. The release included a timeline of events that culminated in the planned April 1, 2024, performance in Akosombo.

The artist claims that after discussions with the event organizers, a deal was reached requiring a 50% down payment to secure the booking and the remaining balance to be paid before the performance on the day of the event.

In his statement, Mr. Drew stated that he had completed his promotional duties, which included making a video to support the event.

“The Organisers were required to pay 50% of the amount to confirm the booking. The remaining 50% was agreed to be paid to him on the day of the event before his performance.

“It was further agreed that Mr. Drew would shoot a promotional video confirming his participation in the event, which he shot and delivered to the organisers to be used as promotional material for the event.

“It was stated that the event would commence at 8:00pm and Mr. Drew the headline act would perform at 11:30pm to close out the show,” the statement read.

On the day of the event, however, the performance did not begin at the scheduled time of 8:00 p.m., even though the musician and his crew arrived on time.

In addition, the organizers disregarded the payment arrangement and did not communicate clearly.

“On the day of the event, Mr. Drew and his team hired a private vehicle to take them to Akosombo. The team arrived at 2:40pm and were lodged at Atta Korea Guest House by the organisers.

“Contrary to the agreement the event did not commence at 8:00pm and had not begun as at 12:00 am on 2nd April. Mr. Drew and his team waited at the guesthouse to be called to perform by the organisers.

“The organisers did not contact the team throughout this episode but at 12:26am came to the guesthouse and asked that the team join a convoy through the town to draw patrons to the event,” it added.

The press release continued by saying that after waiting for hours without receiving any information or payment, Mr. Drew and his colleagues left the location.

Mr. Drew’s legal team demanded a retraction and threatened legal action if the problem was not resolved after the event organizers used defamatory statements and threats on social media.

“Organisers of the event refused to make payment and rather demanded that Mr. Drew move to the event first, citing the low turnout as the reason for their refusal to make payment.

“As at 1:00am on 2nd April the event was yet to start with the supporting acts yet to perform. After waiting for a further 50 minutes with no communication on when he would receive his payment, Mr. Drew and his team left Akosombo at 1:50 am,” it said.

The artist’s attorneys are now preparing to take the situation to court in order to protect Mr. Drew’s reputation and are demanding a public apology from JamRock Event Centre.

View the full statement below

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