In October I made my way to Vodacom in the City 2013 at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg. This venue (which is only a stone’s throw from the Johannesburg CBD) provided the perfect setting for some excellent live music. Close to 8,000 people made their way to the show and generated a vibe that could not be completely described in words.
The highlight of the evening was Skunk Anansie. The last time these British alternative rockers performed in South Africa was 1998 and they did not disappoint the crowd who were eagerly awaiting their return to the Southern tip of Africa. Skin completely blew the crowd away, walking on their hands, singing the songs that made them famous in the late 1990’s and showing everyone that Skunk Anansie still has what it takes when it comes to live shows.
The only dodgy party of the evening was @BaasDeBeer and I walking back to our the parking area where I bus stopped around 2 AM on the Saturday morning. Luckily no harm came to us, but some people were not so lucky. Newtown has been cleaned up a lot since the late 1990’s but unfortunately you can’t keep the criminal elements away from big crowds at South African rock shows. I snapped this photo of the crowd at Vodacom in the City 2013 and it has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 20th of November 2013.
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