If you are a regular reader of Running Wolf’s Rant, you’ll know that I go to a lot of live music shows in and around Gauteng. This past weekend I was at 2 live shows: Collective Soul & Lifehouse in Johannesburg on Friday and Park Acoustics (featuring Koos Kombuis & Karen Zoid) on Sunday. The fact is, I just love live music.
I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, so I thought I’d share my memories with you. Here are some photos I snapped at live music shows with a little story about each of them…
Jakkals (Bittereinder) on stage at Hatfield Carnival in 2014
Remember Hatfield, Pretoria in its hayday? Remember the street parties that pulled thousands of people during Tuks Rag and New Year’s Eve? Well, I do. 2014 was the last year that there was a proper street party in Hatfield and Bittereinder was one of the acts that played on the stage which was built on the corner of Burnett & Festival Streets. I snapped this photo of Jaco Van Der Merwe during their set.
I don’t remember exactly when this gig happened at one of my favorite live music venues in Pretoria, but I do remember that I enjoyed myself immensely. This was probably one of the best Man As Machine gigs I’ve attended in my lifetime. The band was really on fire that night.
The year was 2013 and I was really looking forward to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Jozi at the Dome. Sadly I could not afford tickets, but the folks at Big Concerts allowed me to take photos on the night and I got to see one my favorite acts that I’d been waiting to see live since the mid 1990’s. I’ll never forget how excited I felt when Dave Matthews hit the first cord of Don’t Drink The Water when was in the photo pit. Kudos to the folks who made this happen.
In August 2013 Billy Talent made their way to South Africa for a second time and I was one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to photograph them at the National Botanical Gardens. At some point during their set, frontman Benjamin Kowalewicz started headbanging whilst they were rocking out and I think I captured his focus perfectly.
4 years ago Oppikoppi Festival turned 20 years old and the organizers celebrated this milestone with great performances by legendary SA artists. Wonderboom played on the James Philips Stage and I was instantly transported to the mid 1990’s by their mesmerizing set. I snapped this photo of Cito to remind me how awesome it was.
In August 2012 music fans were treated to an overdose of awesome rock bands at Oppikoppi. One of the acts that completely blew everyone away was definitely Eagles of Death Metal. It’s a pity that Josh Homme wasn’t on tour with them, but I did take this close-up shot of Jesse Hughes during their set. The man has a mean tache and an awesome stage personality and I hope him and his band come back to SA one day.
A few weeks ago the owner of the Aandklas, Hatfield celebrated his birthday and The Barbosa Experience jammed a lekker set. I dunno why Pedro pointed at me, but it was the perfect photo opportunity for yours truly.
I’ve been going to live shows since the late 1990’s, but things really kicked into overdrive from 2010 onwards. The Narrow and a few other local bands played a little one day festival called RAMFest in March 2010 at Emmerentia Dam in Jozi. It was fucking hot and I had a really shitty camera, but the photos I took came out okay. I might be mistaken, but I think this photo was actually used in a promo on MK for another show.
British Metal Kings Iron Maiden made their way to SA in May 2016 and I have to admit that it was a pretty damn amazing show. Sadly I did not get up close and personal with Mr Dickinson, but I did snap this photo of the crowd during their set. I really hope they come back to SA again some day.
In November 2015 Goldfish headlined the last Park Acoustics of that year at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. A huge crowd gathered in front of the stage and I just could not resist snapping this photo of them.
Which one of these photos is your favorite an why? Leave a comment below and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.
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