RAMFest 2012 was a blast. I’m sure that all of you who attended one of the 5 legs of this year’s festival (In Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg or Cape Town) will agree with me.
RAMFest 2012 Johannesburg was particularly epic, despite the rain and copious amounts of alcohol I consume on the day. All the bands were absolutely legendary and the atmosphere was just fucking electric – 15,000 people at a one day rock festival featuring bands like In Flames, AWOLNATION, Shadowclub and Fokofpolisiekar are the recipe for those effects.
Boom.fm (the SA Music website) has produced “RAMFest Nation”, a 3-part mini documentary. The documentary covers the 5 city RAMfest tour earlier in 2012 (a first for South Africa) and serves as the backdrop for the in-depth analysis of the ins and outs of the local rock music industry from the perspective of international and local bands, promoters, brands and music journalists.
Part 1 of the documentary looks at this year’s nationwide Ramfest and gets the opinions of the organizers and bands involved, part 2 explores what it takes for local and international bands to achieve success and part 3 examines the role that brands can play in the South African rock music scene and how brands and bands can capitalize on the investment. The documentary was shot & edited by Boom.fm’s resident videographer, Renee De Villiers
Check out the RAMFest Nation documentary below:
So, still think that local is not lekker or that Rock music is dead in South Africa? Drop me a comment and let me know what you think about this doccie. Feedback is appreciated and welcome.
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