The organiser of the Hamptons Jazz festival Debbie Smith says they are ready to host one of the biggest Jazz festivals in the country. It takes place at Duma Grounds on March 24. She acknowledged great fans excitement at the artists that will be gracing the event. Billy Ocean, who is headlining the show, will be coming to Botswana with a full band of 16 people. She said the festival will be far much better than the previous and assured all the VVIP ticket holders that they will be in for a treat which is worth their money. Tickets for the VVIP experience go for P3500, offering the holder a welcome beverage, VIP car park with security, food prepared by Avani Gaborone Resort Master Chefs, chocolate fountain, Hamptons T-shirt or fedora hat, melt glass, waiters throughout the day, VIP area near the stage, opportunity to meet and greet the celebrity artists and a Hamptons goodie bag. With the show starting in the afternoon, Smith said that after a request by some of the elders other veteran artists will play in the afternoon, including local jazz maestro Socca Moruakgomo. “We did this because we have a high number of people who want to come during the day so that they can leave at night. I urge people to come early because some of their favourite artists will be fielded during the day,” she said. South African Express Country Manager Masego Matsila said they are happy to have partnered with The Hamptons in a five-year contract where they will be responsible for flying the international artists from Johannesburg to Gaborone. She said they are doing this because they want to promote destination Gaborone and the Hamptons festival has proven to be one of those events that will certainly be able to attract many from across the globe. The show will be hosted by Luzboy, Resego Motlhokathari and Zenzele Hitschfield and some of the local artists are jazz songstress Nnunu Ramogotsi, Thati Jessica, Thabang Garogwe, Ndingo Johwa, Shanti Lo including ATI who is the only one from a different genre but included because of his versatility.