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Buju ticket sites back online

Friday, January 18, 2019

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The volume of traffic to the websites selling tickets for the Buju Banton Long Walk To Freedom concert on March 16, is cited as the reason for them crashing yesterday.

Within minutes of the opening of ticket sales at 11:00 am on bujubanton.com and caribtix.com, both sites went down. The technical team restored service after three hours.

According to publicist for the artiste, Ronnie Tomlinson, thousands of fans rushed the sites which resulted in the mishap.

“We are just so happy that we were able to restore the service. It was just an extremely high volume of traffic that went to the site all at once, the minute we opened the sales. From the reports, we are getting hundreds of thousands logged on to not only purchase, but just to see the ticket prices. We were able to sort out the matters and it did take some time. Happily both sites were up and running after a few hours,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

Tomlinson could not say how many tickets were sold, but sales of early bird tickets for the day were suspended on both websites.

“I am still awaiting a report on the ticket sales for the day. It is understood that there would be a rush on tickets on the first day. People just want to ensure that they get their tickets and it is not sold-out. As the days go along, it should get much easier to purchase tickets online,” she stated.

At Wednesday's press launch for the tour and concert, it was revealed that tickets will be available online initially, with physical outlets opening closer to the show.

Marlon Burke of the show's production team, said based on the propensity for scammers, a decision was taken to hold the sale of physical tickets.

“We will be having physical tickets in outlets. We are quite aware of the ticket scalpers and the scammers and we have a policy that we are trying to implement, so we are begging you to bear with us. So for right now tickets will only be available online,” he told Splash.

— Richard Johnson


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