14 December 2016 – Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) announced today it has withdrawn the sponsorship under the Windhoek Draught label for the 2016 Windhoek Draught Live Music Festival.
International R&B artist, R. Kelly was supposed to be the main act, but late in November he informed the music festival organisers that he would not be able to perform.
The Windhoek Draught Live Music Festival which was initially scheduled to have taken place on 25 November 2016, was cancelled after the events promoter, Namconcerts was notified by the R. Kelly management that they are “experiencing internal challenges” the Breweries said in a statement announcing the final cancellation of the music festival.
The acting Marketing Manager at Namibia Breweries Ltd, Rene Duffy, said “With no confirmation or feedback received from the artist or his management two weeks after the scheduled event, NBL decided to withdraw its sponsorship to host R.Kelly as main act at the 2016 Windhoek Draught Live Music Festival. It is with sincere regret that NBL informs the general public that this year’s Windhoek Draught Live concert will therefore unfortunately not take place.”
Duffy assured those members of the public who have already purchased tickets for the show, that they will be refunded in full and that the process for reimbursement is in progress.