137 epic photos that document the SA Music Scene in 2012

2012 was a great year for the SA Music Scene. Like 2011, this year was jam-packed with great gigs, concerts and festivals and I attended most of them. Those were the days ek sê.



2012 was the year that I went to my first Up The Creek festival (in the Western Cape). I also went to my third RAMFest (which featured AWOLNATION and In Flames). Both these festivals were one hell of a jol.

SA Music Scene in 2012

Besides this, I also saw KONGOS live twice (at Arcade Empire and Hatfield Carnival) and I went to Oppikoppi Sweet Thing (which featured Bullet for My Valentine, Eagles of Death Metal, Enter Shakari and Seether). And let’s not forget that I saw Uriah Heep at Mieliepop Festival in that year.

2012 was the first year that Vodacom In The City was held at Mary Fitzgerald Square (where I was lucky enough to watch Bloc Party). It was the year that Park Acoustics became more and more popular. 2012 gave us Lentelawaai and plenty of epic shows at Arcade Empire (which included a hectic New Year’s Eve party which featured Civil Twilight).

I also remember watching the whole Vanfokkingtasties Crew (Van Coke Kartel, Fokofpolisiekar, aKING and Die Heuwels Fantasties) for two nights in a row in May 2012 (at Dozi’s Back To The Roots in Harties and at Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria).

I have to admit that the highlight of the year was definitely seeing The Prodigy live for the first time. I will never forget how they got a whole crowd of 8,000 people to sit down completely when they played “Smack My Bitch Up” at Synergy Live in November 2012.

2012 was definitely one of the best years of my life and I’m glad that I documented it with my photography. I’m pretty sure that the slideshow below will hit a nostalgic nerve, so enjoy this trip down memory lane in the SA Music Scene.

Here are 137 epic photos that document the SA Music Scene in 2012:

  • KONGOS on stage @ Arcade Empire
    KONGOS on stage at Arcade Empire - January 2012
  • KONGOS @ Arcade Empire 2012
    KONGOS on stage at Arcade Empire - January 2012
  • Shadowclub @ Arcade Empire 2012
    Shadowclub on stage at Arcade Empire - January 2012
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    The December Streets on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    The December Streets on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Southern Gypsey Queen on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Southern Gypsey Queen on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Piet Botha and Akkedis on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Piet Botha on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Akkedis on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Dan Patlansky on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Dan Patlansky on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    The Blues Broers on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    The Blues Broers on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Jeremy Loops on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Jeremy Loops on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    aKING on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    aKING on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    People on the river at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Karen Zoid on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    KONGOS on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
  • Kongos on stage @ Up The Creek 2012
    KONGOS on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    The Black Cat Bones on Stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
  • Shadowclub @ Up The Creek 2012
    Shadowclub on stage at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
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    Crowd at Up The Creek Festival - January 2012
  • Crowd at KONGOS @ Hatfield Carnival 2012
    Crowd at the KONGOS set at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
  • KONGOS on stage @ Hatfield Carnival 2012
    KONGOS on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
  • KONGOS @ Hatfield Carnival 2012
    KONGOS on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Bittereinder on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Crowd at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Bittereinder on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Van Coke Kartel on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Crowd at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Die Heuwels Fantasties on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Jack Parow on stage at Hatfield Carnival - February 2012
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    Crowd at 5 Gum Experience Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Isochoronous on stage at 5 Gum Experience Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Desmond & The Tutus on stage at 5 Gum Experience Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Two Door Cinema Club on stage at 5 Gum Experience Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Chromium on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Crowd at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Newtown Knife Gang on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Shadowclub on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    AWOLNATION on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Fokofpolisiekar on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Fokofpolisiekar on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Francois Van Coke on the crowd at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Two crazed Fokofpolisiekar fans at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Crowd at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
  • The Narrow on stage @ RAMFest 2012 Johannesburg
    The Narrow on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
  • Pestroy on Stage @ RAMFest 2012 Johannesburg
    Pestroy on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    In Flames on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Infected Mushroom on stage at RAMFest Johannesburg - March 2012
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    Gazelle on stage at the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire - March 2018
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    Shadowclub on stage at the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire - March 2018
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    Bittereinder & Tim Beumers on stage at the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire - March 2018
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    Bittereinder on stage at the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire - March 2018
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    Die Heuwels Fantasties on stage at the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire - March 2018
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    Mr Cat and the Jackal on stage at the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire - March 2018
  • The Newspapers on stage @ Arcade Empire 2012
    The Newspapers on stage at Arcade Empire - April 2012
  • Dan Patlansky on stage @ Arcade Empire
    Dan Patlansky on stage at Arcade Empire - April 2012
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    Zebra & Giraffe on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    Wrestlerish on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    Wrestlerish on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    Gazelle on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    Taxi Violence on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    aKING on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    Moses Metro Man on stage at Vredefest - April 2012
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    Van Coke Kartel on stage at Atterbury Theatre - May 2012
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    Die Heuwels Fantasties on stage at Atterbury Theatre - May 2012
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    aKING on stage at Atterbury Theatre - May 2012
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    Fokofpolisiekar on stage at Atterbury Theatre - May 2012
  • Van Coke Kartel @ Dozi's Back To The Roots
    Van Coke Kartel on stage at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
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    Pierre Greeff on stage at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
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    Fokofpolisiekar on stage at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
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    aKING on stage at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
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    Die Heuwels Fantasties on stage at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
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    Crowd at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
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    Crowd at Dozi's Back To The Roots - May 2012
  • Bittereinder on stage @ Arcade Empire
    Bittereinder on stage at the Postbox Launch Party at Arcade Empire - May 2012
  • Chris van der Walt on stage @ Pretoria Botanical Gardens
    Chris van der Walt (The Black Cat Bones) on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - June 2012
  • Newtown Knife Gang on stage @ Pretoria Botanical Gardens
    Newtown Knife Gang on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - June 2012
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    Van Coke Kartel on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - June 2012
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    Die Heuwels Fantasties on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - June 2012
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    Crowd at Park Acoustics - June 2012
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    Shannon Hope on stage at Park Acoustics - June 2012
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    Guy Buttery on stage at Park Acoustics - June 2012
  • Dan Patlansky on stage @ Park Acoustics
    Dan Patlansky on stage at Park Acoustics - June 2012
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    Koos Kombuis on stage at Park Acoustics - June 2012
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    City of Heroes on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    7th Son on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    aKING on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    Dance You're On Fire on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - July 2012
  • The Graeme Watkins Project on stage @ Pretoria Botanical Gardens
    The Graeme Watkins Project on stage at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens - July 2012
  • LA Cobra on stage @ Zepplin's Rock Shack
    LA Cobra on stage at Zepplin’s Rock Shack - July 2018
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    Aidan Martin on stage at Zepplin’s Rock Shack - July 2018
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    Kobus De Kock Jr (The Black Cat Bones) on stage at Zepplin’s Rock Shack - July 2018
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    Free The Animals on stage at Zepplin’s Rock Shack - July 2018
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    Naas Veld on stage at Firkin, Centurion - July 2012
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    Die Tuindwergies on stage at Firkin, Centurion - July 2012
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    Vicky gets licked by Texx at Firkin, Centurion - July 2012
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    Klopjag on stage at Firkin, Centurion - July 2012
  • Piet Botha on stage @ Park Acoustics
    Piet Botha on stage at Park Acoustics - August 2012
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    Southern Gypsey Queen and Albert Frost on stage at Cafe Barcelona - July 2012
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    Aidan Martin on stage at Cafe Barcelona - July 2012
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    Jacques Moolman (Shadowclub) on stage at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    Scene at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    Flash Republic on stage at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    Southern Gypsey Queen on stage at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    Planet Joy on stage at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens - July 2012
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    Taxi Violence on stage at Arcade Empire - July 2012
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    Van Coke Kartel on stage at Arcade Empire - July 2012
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    Isochronous on stage at Arcade Empire - July 2012
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    Man as Machine on stage at Arcade Empire - July 2012
  • Bombay Show Pig @ Arcade Empire
    Bombay Show Pig on stage at Arcade Empire - August 2012
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    Bullet For My Valentine on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Aerial view of Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
  • Beer Tree at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing 2012
    Beer Tree at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Yoav on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
  • Die Tuindwergies on stage @ Oppikoppi 2012 Sweet Thing
    Die Tuindwergies on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Sunset at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Jeremy Loops on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Crowd at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Shotgun Tori on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    BEAST on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    David van Vuuren and Southern Gypsey Queen on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Aidan Martin on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    The Black Cat Bones on stage at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Crowd at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing - August 2012
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    Jack Parow at VanFokkingParow in Hatfield Square - September 2012
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    Crowd at VanFokkingParow in Hatfield Square - September 2012
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    Francois van Coke on stage at VanFokkingParow in Hatfield Square - September 2012
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    Bloc Party at Vodacom in the City - October 2012
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    The Prodigy on stage at Synergy Live - November 2012
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    Uriah Heep at Mieliepop - November 2012
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    Gangs of Ballet on stage at Arcade Empire - December 2012
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    Civil Twilight on stage at Arcade Empire - December 2012

Which one of these photos triggered a SA Music Scene memory from 2012? Leave a comment below and let me know. If you have a story to share, feel free to do so as well. We like nostalgia here at Running Wolf’s Rant.

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Henno Kruger

Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant

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