On Saturday night it was the final show for this leg of the Van Coke Kartel tour to launch the new album (Bloed, Sweet & Trane) at Arcade Empire in Pretoria. The opening acts included the likes of Feed the Wolf and Coax who kept everyone entertained before Van Coke Kartel took the stage with a very energetic and well rounded show.
They played songs off the new album and some of the older songs to keep the ones that haven’t mastered the new lyrics yet entertained, even though I doubt they would have been disappointed with the show if they played only songs off the new album.
Francois, Jedd, Wynand and Jason kept the crowd on their feet with a brilliant performance and as per the usual Van Coke Kartel / Fokofpolisiekar fans wanting to be infront of everyone else. My knees were blue after a while of banging against the speaker trying to take photos, but I survived as always to tell the tale with some mean photos.
It was my first time seeing Coax live and from what I heard from everyone at the venue, the two piece band consisting of Shadowclub frontman, Jacques Moolman and Leighton Powell from Rambling Bones and Naming James, put on quite a show when they play. I was not disappointed when they started. I am quite a fan of Jacques’ voice and I’ve seen Shadowclub live a few times. Their blues-rock sound was incredible and had me hopping around the front of the stage while taking photos.
Feed The Wolf was the other opening act. Donovan Borne is probably the lead singer with the most energy I have ever seen, jumping around stage with every chance he gets and the fixing of the hair has become quite a trademark when he is on stage. The unigue sound has become a hit amongst SA Music fans over the last few months and Francois even calling them his favourite local band at the moment. I have seen them live twice and it was a completely different show everytime. I suggest you keep an eye on them, I see big things coming from them.
Van Coke Kartel will return to Gauteng at around the end of the month for a few more shows. Look out for posts on Twitter and Facebook for all the upcoming gigs in and around your town.