THE Makoma concerts in Port Moresby were a sellout.
By lunchtime yesterday, the Congolese gospel band?s 2pm-5pm concert at the Sir John Guise stadium was sold out. A long queue of fans had started building up at the gates as early as 9am with the stadium surrounds filled by 2pm.
In Lae on Saturday, crowds who could not afford the K30 and K50 tickets set the covering of the fence at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium alight and then tore the fence down to disrupt the last hour of the band?s performance. No trouble was reported as a result of that though. Fans grabbed any vantage point where they could catch a glimpse of the performance from tree and hilltops while the large group outside the fence ended up tearing down the fence.
Police and security guards had to fire shots into the air to get the crowd under control before the concert was allowed to resume. Band members had to be taken off stage while the crowd was brought under control in Lae. In Port Moresby, police had to fire 15 rounds into the air to stop rowdy crowds climbing over the fence into the stadium.
The band also performed to a packed Country Club in Port Moresby on Thursday night before flying to Lae for two concerts.