Back To The City 2013 was held in Johannesburg on Freedom Day and featured dance crews, a basket ball park, a skater’s lane, food and clothing stalls and two different performance stages featuring performances by Tumi from Tumi and the Volume, Proverb, Zuluboy, H20, Siya Shezi, iFani and Maxhoseni.
According to Sowetan Live “Hip-Hop is a genre of music that addresses social ills, celebrates the good life and brings about messages of unity. It is a genre that is mainly misunderstood as some of its lyric may contain profanity, with music videos that show gyrating women.” I have to admit that is an accurate assessment of the genre, but I’m not a big fan of hip-hop, although I suppose it’s a much more interesting genre than Afrikaans Pop music.
The awesome folks from Jägermeister SA visited Back to The City this year and shot this awesome video at the festival (which lured 17,000 people to the Newtown district in the Johannesburg CBD). It was the 7th time that this festival was held.
While I was watching this Back To The City video I had the urge to start bouncing. The music almost had the same effect on me that Bittereinder’s tunes have. I’m pretty sure it had the same effect on you as well. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Splashy Fen is the oldest music festival in South Africa. Sadly I have not been to one of them, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen next year. Splashy Fen has been on my To Do list a while now.
The first edition of Splashy Fen was held in 1990. Over the years more than 8,000 people have flocked to the farm where the festival is (near Underberg in Kwazulu Natal) to watch performances by some pretty awesome artists. This much-loved festival has built a strong reputation as being a financially viable, responsible and well-organised event that continues to reinvent itself so as to stay relevant.
Splashy Fen has come a long way since it started. It’s grown from an event that was run with a make-shift stage, a tractor-powered generator and a few portable toilets to a festival prides itself on offering festival-goers a total entertainment ‘package’ that goes beyond great live music performances to include a wide choice of outdoor leisure and adventure activities for the whole family, as well as a multitude of different food and drinks outlets, colourful craft stalls and a children’s entertainment marquee and creche. Camping facilities have also been improved and now include a separate family friendly campsite and a tented hotel.
Jägermeister South Africa posted this video on YouTube a few days ago. After watching this video I felt the urge to include Splashy Fen on my tour of music festivals in 2014. I’m pretty sure that you’d wanna go too if watch it.
It looks like Splashy Fen is worth checking out. Do you agree? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. For more updates about events like this one and more, check out the Jägermeister South Africa Facebook Page or follow @jagermeisterSA on Twitter.
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It feels like I attended the 5 Gum Experience in Johannesburg yesterday, but it was in fact more than 3 weeks ago already. Despite the transport hiccups, it was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had so far in 2013.
Seeing The Kooks, The Stellas and Shortstraw live under the M2 motorway and experiencing the awesome vibe that a crowd of 5,000 people creates (despite getting sopping wet) was a unique experience. I get flash blacks to that awesome night now and then and I’m hoping that the next 5 Gum Experience is also going to rock my socks off.
This video was produced We-are-awesome Film. Additional Cameras were handled by Hanro Havenga and Kevin Schnider,
Sound Design was handled by Gerdus Oosthuizen and Music in the video comes to from the Kooks and Shortstraw. This clip is pretty damn awesome – a brilliant piece of video.
Now I really wish that the next 5 Gum Experience comes along quickly. Hopefully all of us won’t get wet this time around.
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