I have been selected to #CreateWithCanon. Canon has given me the pocket-friendly Canon Powershot SX 600 HS to use over the next 3 months. I’ll be snapping image galleries to give you a look into the things that I do, the things I see, and the things I create. In today’s article I’m covering Sowing the Seeds 2015.
Over the weekend I made my way to Emmerentia dam in Johannesburg. Traffic from Pretoria was a bit hectic so @missrubylocks and I only arrived at the venue just before 12 noon. Sadly we missed Diamond Thug and Bongeziwe Mabandla, but that didn’t discourage us from having a good time at Sowing the Seeds 2015.
The first act that we caught a glimpse of were Shortstraw. These okes released their third studio album in January 2015 (which reached the number 1 spot on the South African iTunes chart) and they did not disappoint the live-music hungry crowd. Hearing the crowd sing along to songs like “Bikini Weather” was pretty memorable (as always).
Next up were Desmond and the Tutus and I must say that these Pretoria boytjies played one of the best sets that I’ve seen them play in recent times. It was also awesome to see the crowd dancing to their tunes. One that went down particularly well was “Pretoria Girls” and you could definitely pick up that the crowd was pretty fond of it.
Check out the video below to get an idea of the vibe during their set.
Portugal. The Man made their way onto the Sowing The Seeds stage next and I have to admit that I was completely blown away by them. I was not a fan before the festival, but I am definitely one now. Who would’ve thought that there were musicians in Alaska?
Sadly their drummer did not make the set, but it was great to see Gavin (Wrestlerish) and Isaac (Shadowclub / Flash Republic) playing drums for them. These two South African musos had only a few hours to learn some of their songs and I did a good job (and made me feel a sense of national pride).
Near the end of Portugal. The Man’s set it started raining, which meant that Paolo Nutini could only start playing around 4:30 PM, but that didn’t stop people from dancing in the rain and getting soaked in the process. He made his way onto the stage with no less than 6 (or maybe 7) musicians supporting him. It didn’t take long before the crowd were completely put under a spell by his soulful vocals. Ask anyone that was there and they’ll tell you that people will be talking about his set for years to come, I guarantee you.
Kudos to Seed Experience and everyone else that was involved in organizing this awesome one day festival. Let’s home that Sowing the Seeds returns in 2016 with more great acts.
The photos and video on this article were captured with the Canon SX 600 HS Powershot camera. This nifty little gadget takes really good pictures and is extremely compact and easy to operate. It did take me about an hour to figure out where the flash was though… Like Canon South Africa on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to keep in touch, share, learn and #CreateWithCanon.
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