This weekend hosted the annual Big Blues Festival in Kleinmond, a gathering of South Africa’s finest blues musicians. The two day festival crawled with an array of characters of all ages, all with a dedicated devotion to blues music. The line-up was colourful and rich with talent, a refreshing festival to say the least.
The bands that performed include the likes of Albert Frost and the Blues Broers, Piet Botha and the Lyzard Kyngs, Gerald James Clark, Southern Gypsy Queen, Sixgun Gospel and Black Cat Bones. [Find the full line-up here] The stage was situated right on the harbour of Kleinmond, a quaint little Western Cape town saturated in South African culture.
Some regular Blues legends like Albert Frost and Gerald Clark were among the Friday favorites. The crowd started out a little thin but by the end of the night the brick lain dance floor shook dust.
Saturday turned out to be a scorcher with temperatures reaching up to 36 degrees. The sun was hot and high and the harbour lifeguards reluctant to let us take a quick dip, the lovely @dundagirl however managed to find a way. Since the first band took stage at 11h00 the vibe was dense with blues lasting well into the night.
At 18h00 it was time for Southern Gypsey Queen who managed to sneak in a few rock snippets, a welcome little ‘surprise’ that had nearly everyone on their feet. The rest of Saturday night was an electrifying wave of blues thanks to Piet Botha, Vusi Mahlasela, Dan Patlansky and others.
Overall the weekend was a major success, leaving us still #highonblues even as we started heading back to our relative realities. SA Music Zone would urge you to include Big Blues Festival 2013 as a MUST in your live music gig calendar for next year!
This weekend trending in Kleinmond: #highonblues thanks to Dunda Girl, lets make 2013 count!