Tagged Rhythm Unplugged, the concert aptly lived up to its ratings. There were no loose ends.
As the last concert on the concert circuit, it was indeed the biggest and the best.
Not only best in terms of delivery, it was best in quality, organisation and most secure event in the year 2010.
As one critic summed it â€˜ the organisers deserved accolade for putting together one of the most brilliant concerts organised in the country last year.
For the Cecil Hammond-led Flytime Promotions, the Rhythm Unplugged concert was the icing on cake for an organisation that had successfully organised fourÂ world class concerts before this one.
Echoes of the first ever Rhythm Unplugged concert held in Benin still reverberates while Lagosians are still reeling from the classic effects of the 2FaceÂ Idibia show, Koko Concerts, Basketmouthâ€™ Lord of the Ribs show and the 30th anniversary of the Silverbird show.
Put together, the quality of these shows leaves no one in doubt as to whom should be the promoter of the year in 2010.
The concert also showed that the dominance of corporate bodies like Guinness Plc, MTN, AIRTEL, GLO, NB Plc as major concert organisers comes under threat.
As with his previous shows, this years edition of the Rhythm Unplugged concert was not only a hit with the Lagos crowd, it further cemented Cecil Hammondâ€™sÂ place in the class of great promoters before him like, Ben Bruce, Dapo Adelegan, Aigbangbe Ighieghon and the late Prince Ade Adefeso.
With sponsors like MTN, Harp, UAC and Onward Paper Mill, the concert, which held at the new Eko Hotels Hall, witnessed an unprecedented crowd.
As early as 3 p.m., tickets which sold at N20,000 for VIP and N5,000 for the popular side had sold out.
And by 6 p.m., a major barricade had been placed at the entrance of the hotel to screen out persons without confirmed tags for the concert.
It was the first in a very long time since the 1996 Father and Son concert featuring Fela and Femi Anikulapo-Kuti held at Ikeja, Lagos-based WaterparkÂ Hotels, that there were more people outside a concert venue than inside.
Credit would, however, go to members of K-Square, a private security outfit for the mature way it handled the crowd and not allowing a breakdown of law andÂ order.
It was the same story inside the event hall as the one-storey event centre came under musical siege when artistes billed for the night filed out one by oneÂ for their performance.