Vredefest takes place again this weekend in Hatfield Square. Over the years Vredefest has become one of the premier events on the musical calendar in the capital city. The event kicks off at 5 PM on Saturday the 27th of April 2013. Entrance costs only R50 at the gate ( bargain for four bands). It has always been one of the mini festivals that I look forward to, hence why I’m featuring 3 Reasons Why I’m Looking Forward to Vredefest on the blog today.
Reason One – The Line-Up: Vredefest will feature performances by Die Tuindwergies, Bittereinder, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Teargas.
Die Tuindwergies have cemented themselves as one of South Africa’s most-loved bands over the last few years. The band released their second studio album last year and I’m pretty sure that we can expect some new music from them later in 2013.
Bittereinder are one of the best live acts in South Africa. I have never seen a bad performance by them. They’re gauranteed to get the crowd bouncing and dancing less than 2 minutes into their set.
Die Heuwels Fantasties released their third studio album last year and have become one of SA’s top selling artists since they released they burst onto the scene with their first album in March 2009.
Teargas is a hip hop act made up of three like-minded young men: Ntokozo “K.O.” Mdluli from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga and brothers Ezee “Ma-E” Hanabe and Bantu “Ntukza” Hanabe from Soweto. It will be interesting to see what happens when they make their way onto the stage at Vredefest this year.
Reason Two – It’s for a good cause: Vredefest is brought to you by the Vrede Foundation. The Vrede Foundation aims to generate awareness amongst Young South Africans (15-29) regarding Cancer. The foundation also aims to raise funds and provide financial aid for Young South Africans with Cancer who do not have medical aid.
The Vrede Foundation was set up as a result of Herman Pretorius’ Story. You can make a donation towards this cause. For more information about this for the Vredefest merchandise store check out the official Vrede Foundation website. If you don’t want to make a donation or buy merchandise attend one of the Vredefest concerts that are planned instead. Check out the official Vrede Foundation website at http://www.vredefoundation.co.za.
Reason Three – The Vibe: Call me old fashioned, but I love a good live band show in Hatfield Square. In the past few years this venue has become less popular with punters and social butterflies, but that isn’t a reason to stay away from it. It’s still one of the best live venues that Pretoria has to offer and you will not be paying through your nose for alcoholic beverages. After the show you’ll be able to rock out to the max in Aandklas or give your dancing shoes some exercise in Drop Zone.
There you have it, 3 reasons why I’m looking forward to Vredefest. I hope I see many you reading this article at the event this coming weekend. Don’t miss this one! Check out the Promo Video for Vredefest below.
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PS: This post is part of the A-Z Blog Challenge that I have joined for April 2013.