Just minutes after tickets went on sale for Buju Banton’s Long Walk To Freedom tour, the reggae artist’s website crashed, leaving scores of supporters unable to purchase tickets.
Tickets went on sale for the March 16th show at 11 AM on January 17. Within just a few minutes of going live, Banton’s website bujubanton.com showed that tickets to the general admission and VIP sections were sold out. Caribtix.com, the linked website to which persons were redirected when purchasing tickets, was also experiencing technical difficulties. Moments later, the website was seemingly shut down by administrators and a message read: “Please pardon us as we resolve some issues”.
It is common for concert and ticket websites to crash when they are unable to facilitate a large number of orders at once. In 2018, minutes after tickets went on sale for Beyonce’s On the Run II tour, the website crashed, leaving fans all over the world angry. But in Buju’s case, this was not the only issue.
Could be the fault of scammers
Banton’s publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson told Jamaican media that scammers may have cloned the website and urged fans not to purchase their tickets from any other website. “The site may have been cloned. Tickets are not sold out. That is not true. We are currently working to fix any issues with ticket purchases, and we would like to warn patrons not to buy their tickets anywhere else. We have to heighten our security”, she said.
Buju also posted a similar message on his Instagram page which read, “With tremendous response from fans worldwide, we are aware that both bujubanton.com and Caribtix.com website have crashed. My team is working expeditiously to get the sites back up. Please pay close attention to @destinemedia and/@budafuco96 for more information”.
Off line tickets soon available
Buju Banton’s team has since promised to place physical tickets on sale in the near future to lessen the unscrupulous activities that surround the event. The entertainer’s long-awaited Long Walk to Freedom tour will kick-off at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on March 16.