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Zakifo - It's What You Need
07 Jun 17
Lurking on Durban’s beachfront is a music festival done a bit differently. It has eschewed the grubby campgrounds and 24 hour rumbling basslines for a carefully curated inner city experience. This isn’t original – we’ve seen day fests come and go – but what sets Zakifo apart is its emphasis on importing talented and often underrated artists from across the globe.
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3 Tons of Fun
24 Apr 17
I was tipped off that 3 Tons of Fun were exactly that, and so I was looking forward to reviewing the show at the Alexander Bar on Friday night.
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Adjusting to life after Up the Creek
09 Feb 17
There’s always a period of readjustment when returning from a festival. As you sit under the cold fluorescent lights of a fast-food café, you realise that the guy across the counter is unlikely to want to chat. Opening bleary eyes after your first nap in a real bed, you’re forced to quash the urge to run down to the river for a wake-up swim. Morning beers are no longer part of your life. It’s a period of confused alignment with the harsh realities of the real world.
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Endless Daze: Magic, music and mayhem
16 Nov 16
It’s rare to be able to attend a festival’s virgin performance, to watch it sprout like a mushroom at midnight. But a privileged few of us were lucky enough to witness the first incarnation of Endless Daze. The brand new psych rock festival emerged from the earth as a beautiful beast, shrouded in plumes of purple smoke.
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Negotiating the masses at Rocking the Daisies
12 Oct 16
I haven’t been to Daisies in ages – 5 years, I think, since I last ventured into the temporary slice of music and mayhem. So imagine my delight when Sedgwick’s Old Brown, one of this year’s sponsors, popped me a casual mail to see if I was keen to attend as their guest. “Yes!” I hurriedly replied, calling a mate of mine whose birthday fell on the self-same Saturday, and before I knew it we were on our way.
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Happy music and blonde dreads at the Grassy Spark album launch
22 Sep 16
Last weekend I made the pilgrimage to the Cape Farmhouse to watch Grassy Spark launch their new album, Portal. It was a cresting wave of sunshine, positivity and happiness, feeling like a magical space carved out especially for this one event – I half suspect it disappeared as the last car left the lot.
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Feature: Oh, Cruel Fate
08 Sep 16
Somewhere in the mother city, a talented collective is creating and recreating a tapestry of light and sound, birthing the infant of what could become the most immersive live show since Pink Floyd brought the wall down. Their name is Oh, Cruel Fate, a plaintive and sardonic cry to the heavens. I sat down with them in their mystery mansion to talk music, lights, and toe shoes.
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Album review: Grassy Spark – Portal
18 Aug 16
With flowing harmonies and brass a-blowing, Grassy Spark delivers an energetic punch of upbeat ska-rock in their new album, Portal. It’s perfectly put together and clean as a whistle, and it’ll slap a smile on your face every time you hear one of the 11 powerhouse tracks.
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Sad news about 947 Joburg Day
24 Jul 15
Every year we look forward to Jo'burg Day because, well, it drives massive traffic to our site with people looking for ticket prices or the line-up or the venue. Of course, we also love the day out itself. But sadly, 947 have decided to can Jo'burg Day.
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Gallery: Ultra 2015
16 Feb 15
Ultra Music Festival returned to South Africa this past weekend with the promise of one helluva party. The festival, with iterations worldwide, boasted some of the biggest names in electronic dance music and attracted around 50 000 people in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Here's what went down.
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