Over the weekend @BaasDeBeer and I made our way to Riversands Farm on the other side of the Boerewors Curtain to attend RAMFest 2012. This one day festival has become quite popular over the last few years in Johannesburg. I still recall attending my first ever RAMFest in Johannesburg in 2010 (a one day event that was headlined by Pendulum and held at Emmarentia Dam). Since then the festival has grown. About 10,000 people attended RAMFest in Johannesburg in 2011 (which was also held at Riversands Farm), but this year the attendance was bigger than ever before – yes folks, about 15000 people showed up for the festival this past week Saturday.
I had the privilege of having photo pit access (Kudos to Liny, Ice and RAMFest for that) and to photograph Swedish Metal act In Flames (very up close and almost personal if you ask me). Their set was probably one of the loudest ones that I’ve ever heard by ANY band. They rocked the enthusiastic (and semi-rain-wet) Jozi crowd to the max. I could not see much of the crowd but I was told by many that the moshpit(s) were apparently very intense. Security had to help some of the folks over the barrier who were apparently almost crushed. Luckily no one was seriously hurt.
In Flames is insanely good live. These Swedish boys have a lot of pent-up anger if you ask me. The 2 guitarists, bassist and drummer play their instruments very well. The vocalist also pulled it off nicely at RAMFest 2012 Johannesburg. All went well apart from some minor technical glitches on the first two songs of their set. In short I can describe In Flames as the following: Loud. It was kinda what I expected.
I snapped these photos of In Flames performing at RAMFest 2012 Johannesburg on Saturday. Feel free to share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
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