The eagerly anticipated Shoke Shoke festival has regrettably been officially called off, as confirmed by the event’s organizers.
In a statement released, the organizers expressed their sincere desire to craft another unforgettable experience for their devoted fans. However, they cited insurmountable “logistical and operational challenges” that hindered their commitment to achieving this goal.
Originally scheduled to take place on September 9, 2023, at Uhuru Gardens, the concert was primed to showcase the talents of Nigerian sensation Ruger, sharing the spotlight with Kenyan musicians Wakadinali and Kahush.
“To our valued Shoke Shoke Community, it is with deep sadness that we must announce the cancellation of the Shoke Shoke Festival, which was slated for September 9th at Uhuru Gardens. This decision comes as a result of unmet financial obligations. We empathize with the disappointment this news may bring, and we extend our heartfelt apologies for any inconveniences caused.”
The organizers acknowledged the significant number of fans who had already purchased tickets and rightfully anticipated an immediate reimbursement. Regrettably, unforeseen circumstances have led to the unfortunate situation where fans may need to exercise patience, as refunds might take between 45 to 60 days to process.
The Shoke Shoke festival held significant prominence, drawing the anticipation of a multitude of attendees from across Kenya. The cancellation serves as a substantial letdown for admirers who had eagerly awaited the event.
Interestingly, this is the second occurrence of the event’s cancellation, mirroring a similar decision made in July 2023. At that juncture, the cancellation was attributed to the anti-government protests that were ongoing.