The much publicized second edition of the Vodafone 020 Live Concert could not live up to the level of the biggest party of the year, like the organizers promised patrons of the event during the publicity campaign.
In spite of challenges right from the planning stages, the organizers managed to make it happen inside the Dome at the Accra International Conference Centre, last Tuesday September 20, 2011. If the standard set by Vodafone and Roster 2000, with last year’s maiden event where Nigerian twin singers P-Square headlined, is anything to go by, then comparatively last Saturday’s show was a flop.
The over 4000 capacity auditorium was fully packed with a very wide stage set up with six large projected screens (two left, two right)projecting what was going on to the crowd, and two other projected effects in Vodafone colours as well as pictures and names of artistes performing.
The 020 Live logo was designed in a sizeable round shape decorated with red lights, on the background of the stage. Lights, sound, microphones and the general technical stage set up were professionally done, but the artistes especially the Ghanaian artistes who were supposed to use the stage to entertain the crowd, flopped shamefully with the exception of VIP, and to some extent R2Bees.
As usual, the show which was supposed to start at 7pm, started some minutes to 9pm. Before the main show started, Nii Aryee Tagoe, DJ for the night had a big party with the crowd who danced the night away with both old and new songs. “Muge baya boys” 5Five, kick started the night with their normal appearance, with all three of them in an all white out fits. Apart from dancing “Azonto” to their own popular songs, the Adabraka based Hiplife group had nothing extraordinary to show on stage.
The flat performance by Vodafone Icons winners RnM’s added nothing to the show that could remind the audience of their performance. Amber Rose who only came to showcase her dresses and the beauty of her body was almost non-existent on stage. Her inclusion as an MC for the show seemed absolutely unnecessary as co-MC Eddy Blay single handedly took control of the show.