Shanghai party promoters Boogatti Records have been on the receiving end of some good ol’ fashion public criticism following an event at Arkham last Friday that when awry when the headlining DJ never showed up.
The promoters had booked a French DJ named Phazz, who never made it to Shanghai for the set on Friday. Boogatti failed to make mention of this to the club, the other DJs or the guests, and all attendees coughed up the 80RMB cover charge nonetheless to get in to the event.
To make amends with the crowd, the promoters later got on stage and “made it rain” renminbi on guests who scrambled around trying to pick up notes from the floor. Some the more lucky managed to grab hundreds, while others got to watch people pocket the cash they’d forked over to get in to the party.
“[…] around 2am the promoters got on the mic and said something to the effect of ‘sorry, our guest isn’t coming – do you want your money back?’, then proceeded to throw around 8,000rmb cash into the audience,” Smart Shanghai recounts. Naturally, guests were ‘not pleased’.
In an email correspondence with Shanghaiist, Reggie, owner of the club, apologized on behalf of the crew and added that this event would be the promoters’ last at the venue.
Arkham would like to apologise to anyone who was left with a bitter taste in their mouth after the events of Friday night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until well the after promoters had taken your money that we were made aware that the headliner was not even in the country, let alone his hotel room. We were lied to as well and feel hurt by the misguided and unethical conduct of the promoter. You guys mean a lot to us, so in order to try and protect both you and us from this kind of behaviour, we will not be hosting any Boogatti events in the future. Kindest Regards and Sincere Apologies, Arkham.
Apparently it was the promoters’ first party with an international booking. A source who knows them told us that “they have no business organizing events,” adding that they’re “high all the time”.
So that’s that.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via shanghaizak]