OLIC last year and wrote about the great time I had and how it was definitely the best concert I’d been to in a while. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out there’d be a round two this year! Ironically, I was like the poster child for OLIC1 post the actual concert. So many people reached out to say they saw me in one picture/one video online/on tv having a great time at OLIC1. I’m even in the thumbnail for the promo video on the OLIC website (is this a coincidence?!?) lol.
That’s me in the middle at OLIC1…rotflol!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a free ticket at a table this year, but I was determined to attend and write a review so I decided to get a VIP ticket (cost 25k naira) to the show. In my head, I’d rationalized that 25k is about 90USD and I’d pay that amount or more for a concert in the US, so why not in Naij? Anyway, I’d told my friend that we should get the VIP tickets but he didn’t think it was a good idea. In fact, he convinced me that there wasn’t really a difference between the VIP and regular tickets (except the 18k naira price difference). Lo and behold, we decided on the 7k regular ticket and headed off to the venue, Eko Hotels, to buy our tickets.
We got to Eko around 9pm. Parking was a nightmare and there was mad traffic trying to get into the venue so we just parked on the street. Getting in was pretty easy; not much security and we just went through the pedestrian gate. The crowd around that time was much but not ridiculous. We asked around and were directed to where we could purchase tickets. We got there, asked for regular tickets and paid 7k each, however, we were given the 25k ticket. My friend and I were pretty confused but we decided to go with the flow.
We got through security and we were then given wristbands, which were used to identify where folks should sit and so we went into the VIP section and found seats. At this point, it wasn’t rowdy and things were going pretty well.
There was the Tables Section, VIP, and Regular, and each of these areas had seats and some sort of barricade. I’d also seen some folks standing behind a part of the VIP section so I’m guessing that was probably a different section as well.
The stage setup this year was definitely better! At last year’s event, I’d noticed that the real Olamide fans were too far in the back and the folks at the tables weren’t as excited for the performances. So this year, the organizers had an extended stage that allowed for the performers to get close enough to the crowd without leaving the table section too much. I’m all for continuous improvement so I was pretty impressed.
Food & Drinks
Yup, food and drinks were served. I’d seen a buffet style setup in the back of the VIP section and saw folks eating rice and chicken (only in Naija concert..lol). Anyway, there were servers moving up and down so we were able to order drinks throughout the time we were there. I must add that the first server we’d approached was quite unhelpful and told us the drinks we’d ordered were unavailable. We decided to check in with another server who was able to get us the drinks we wanted and so we just stuck with the responsive server the whole night and tipped her generously.
Menu at OLIC2…
The event didn’t start till about 10pm. There were a couple of opening acts (comedy and singing) till like 11pm. There were a couple of Yoruba jokes that I didn’t understand so I wasn’t too happy about that. For future events, if there’s a way they can translate non-english jokes that’d be great.
At about 10:30pm, a fight broke out right behind where I was sitting. The fight lasted for about 7 – 10 minutes, despite security being present. I managed to capture the tail part of the fight on Snapchat and I’ve added the video below. Of course the fight interrupted the poor comedian who was performing on stage. I felt bad for the guy as everyone’s attention was on the fight vs. his performance.
Tail part of the fight I captured on Snapchat:
I’d also observed some people in the VIP section move to the Table Section…
Basket Mouth showed at like 11pm. I didn’t really understand his outfit but he told some jokes and introduced Adekunle Gold, who was very popular with the crowd.
not too sure about this outfit…
Adekunle Gold thrilling the crowd: Olamide showed at like 11:15pm and was pretty entertaining as well.
Olamide’s Prelude: VIDEO Olamide’s Intro: At around 11:30pm it started getting very hot and I wasn’t sure why exactly. I’d gone to use the restroom and realized that the security at the entrance to the Tables/VIP section had kind of stopped checking for wristbands and were more focused on making sure no one without the right wristband got into the tables section. So basically, from the main entrance almost anybody could have walked into the VIP section but not into the tables section, hence the heat!! It then made sense to me how there were folks in the VIP section with regular wristbands and even folks without any wristbands!
Although I was well situated in the VIP section, the heat became a little unbearable. There were so many people standing behind and others who started obstructing my view. My friend had gotten into a squabble with one of the “squatters” who was crowding our space but didn’t even have the right wristband to be in that section in the first place. We’d tried to alert the security guy right in front of us to avoid things escalating, but he wasn’t as responsive. Ultimately, we decided the show wasn’t really worth it anymore and left.
To be quite honest, I was pretty pissed because I really wanted to see my fav Instagram comedian, @crazeclown, perform but we left around 1am, which was before he got on stage. We did catch DJ Enimoney and Lil Kesh’s performances before we headed out. I was VERY impressed with DJ Enimoney, who happens to be Olamide’s brother. He played some very old jams that the crowd really enjoyed and got all of us in the VIP and regular sections dancing!
DJ Enimoney spinning: VIDEO Lil Kesh Performing 1: VIDEO Lil Kesh Performing 2: VIDEO What I liked about OLIC2:
The Setting – I really liked that the stage this year was extended, and allowed the artists to better interact with the audience.
Ease of ticket purchase and entry
– It was a very last minute decision we made to attend OLIC2. Around 7pm, we’d called to enquire about getting tickets and were told we could easily get tickets at the venue. Lo and behold, it was very easy to purchase tickets at the venue and go through security as well. Organization – I must admit that OLIC2 was pretty organized in terms of performances, artist line-up and transition from one act to the next. I feel like there were more “less entertaining” acts this year than in OLIC1, but that wasn’t really too much of an issue.
What could have been better:
Security – My BIGGEST issue with this event was the security. There were security guards in uniform all over, but I eventually learned that they were there to really make sure the folks at the tables had a great time, and not so much anyone else. I was stunned to see folks who didn’t have any wristbands fighting for space with us that were jejely being orderly in the VIP section. If I’d payed for a VIP ticket I’d have been SUPER pissed! And if the security folks really did their jobs as efficiently as possible, I’d have probably stayed till the end of the concert.
Food and drinks service – So, they did this thing where you have to pay cash first before receiving any food or drinks orders. I found this arrangement uncomfortable. I’m sure there’s reasoning behind why this was the case, but I think some kind of middle ground could be reached. In fact, the servers at some point were a bit distracting sef, especially as they carried plates of food into the tables section. Again, I’m not sure what the solution here is but if there’s a way to minimize the distractions during the actual performances (e.g. perhaps only serve food during intermission) that’d be great.
Overall, I rate my experience at OLIC2 a 4/10 mainly due to my perception of the security and their sluggishness in responding to issues and being vigilant (i.e. making sure folks weren’t getting into where they didn’t belong based on wristbands!). I know this rating is a drastic downgrade from my experience at OLIC1, and it’s probably mostly driven by the fact that I wasn’t at a table this year and got to experience what the VIP/Regular folks had to deal with.