On the 27th of September I made my way to the 9th edition of Park Acoustics for 2015. I only arrived at the venue around 1:30 PM (thanks for the “amazing” traffic on the N1 South from Polokwane), but it didn’t take long before my spirits were lifted up.
Here’s my review of Bittereinder (and others) at Park Acoustics
I missed the first act, but was fortunate enough to experience the awesomeness that is Skip & Die. This Dutch act’s stage presence was amazing. What was even more amazing is that the lead singer of the band played a show, despite the fact that’s she’s more than 7 months pregnant. If that’s not rock ‘n roll, I don’t know what is.
Next up were Al Bairre and I must say that I enjoyed their energetic performance. This Cape Town based act has truly built up quite a fan base over the last few years and one could pick that up from the size of the crowd they attracted on the day.
The last act of the day was Afrikaans Rap ‘n Roll / Hip Hop act Bittereinder. It was the first time that I watched them perform in 2015 and I have to say that I was not disappointed at all. This Pretoria Trio recently released their fourth studio album, “Dans Tot Die Dood” (translated as “Dance to the Death”) and I am completely blown away by their new songs, especially “Die Mes” (the first track on the new album).
Bittereinder played an amazing set and had the crowd bouncing in no time. Sadly I did not see the competition winner’s grandmother because her grandson didn’t carry up the hill, but because it was a long weekend, this edition of Park Acoustics did not attract as many people as usual, so maybe I’ll see her next time.
Besides the fact that it was a little quieter than usual, it was still a lot of fun. It was great bumping into a few old friends and enjoying a few cold ones after spending more than 5 hours in the car on my way there.
The next edition of Park Acoustics takes place on the 1st of November and promises to be one of the coolest editions of the year. Why? Because the following acts will be performing: Taxi Violence, Fuzigish, The Lectric Monks, ISO and The Plastics. It’s an awesome line, so get your tickets on the Park Acoustics Website before they sell out to avoid disappointment.
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