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Bittereinder does Aandklas: A Knight out with the King

23 Dec

Yes, you read correctly: Bittereinder does Aandklas
Now, if you know any of the words in that phrase other than “does” you are most probably a Pretorian and raised with proper taste in music (go thank your parents now).
If you know all three of those words, you find yourself part of less than 1% of human population (which is pretty much the case when you are South African, but that’s beside the point).
You are the exception!
Bittereinder at Aandklas CrowdGetting to the gig, we were greeted by an unusually empty Aandklas (everyone was on the deck at the back having some pre-drinks and getting ready to rock out with the Grind Radio people). All the tables had been moved away and the stage put to good use, having all of Bittereinder’s gear already set up.

After a couple of intense games of foose and lots of brandy (I blame the cute promo girl for my hangover), we headed to the newly created concert area where we were entertained by the awesome beat boxing talents of Aandklas manager Jodi, who has the magical ability of making even the South African anthem sound really, really cool!
Bittereinder at Aandklas Jaco van der MerweWhen Bittereinder took the stage, it was quite difficult to find a comfortable place to stand, so we opted for our favourite spot in Aandklas: a tabletop.
Having found our spot at the top of the world and fending off all would-be intruders, we had the perfect view of the stage, with only Louis being a bit obscured from our vision by the pole that Jaco clung to so religiously throughout the show.

Then the bass dropped.

In true Bittereinder style, the boys nearly blew out my eardrums and the bra’s off the girls in the front row (though, I think that might have been more of a voluntary action from the girls’ side).
Bittereinder at Aandklas Peach van Pletzen

Now I myself, being not-too-sober of thought by this time, could miraculously still keep my footing on said tabletop and rock out to the sound that we as Pretorians have come to know and love as OURS.

We claim Bittereinder as our own, as they have claimed Snor City as theirs. Admittedly, I do not know all of their songs off by heart, but there is still something special that happens every time you hear the words “Pretoria in my Hart”.
Bittereinder at Aandklas Louis MinnaarBittereinder has a way of making you move, no matter who you are or how kak a day you had.
When you hear their sound you cannot help but get either a retarded grin on your face or belt it out with them. We all know how to spell it *B I to-the-double T E R…* and we are all more than willing to put our hands up like we’re deurmekaar.

All good things must however come to an end, and this show in particular felt as though it was over way too soon (probably due to an alcohol-induced time lapse). In this time, however, I had managed to lose track of the friends I went with, chat up a girl, make new friends, piss said girl off and run into friends that I haven’t seen in almost two years.
All in all another magical Knight Out at Aandklas, with the soundtrack supplied by one of the Capital’s greatest exports.

*All pictures in this post by Henno Kruger*


I do apologize for taking so long to write this piece, but I have been extremely busy on other adventures, all of which will also be featured here. Keep an eye open for my next post, where I will be talking about other Kings, police cars and quiz nights.


EDIT: This is the final prove himself post for Michael King. After this, he will be an official content contributor on Baas de Beer’s Blog. – Baas de Beer

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MK Awards 2013: Nominees Announced

1 Feb

Earlier this week, a few sparks flew on twitter regarding the MK Awards 2013.logo
Did MK prematurely post the nominees for their 7th annual award ceremony on their website? I doubt it.
Did some band’s fan’s friend get it wrong and start a whole unnecessary halluballoo? Quite probably.
Do I care? No.
Why?
Easy, ‘coz the real award nominations are out now, and they look awesome.

You get to vote, so it’s up to you who goes to the State Theatre in Pretoria to collect their award(s) on 24 March 2013.

MK has changed things up a bit for this year’s awards by introducing the “Best SA Music Festival” and “Best Solo” categories. Phase one of the MK Awards 2013 took place between 10 and 25 January, where people had the opportunity to nominate who they felt best deserved to be in the “Best Live” and “Best SA Music Fest” categories. The artists and festival who came out with the most nominations by 25 January were included as official nominees.

Starting today, you have until 12:00, 8 March 2013 to vote on MK’s website and Facebook page.

For exclusive updates on the MK Awards 2013,  follow MK on:

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Now when you vote, I just want to ask you one thing:

DON’T BE STUPID.

I know that you would like to vote for your personal favourite band, but be honest with yourself (and the whole world): Vote for the band that actually deserves to win the category.

The nominees for 2013 are:

Best Video

    • Die Heuwels Fantasties – Verraadplaas
    • Tailor – Wolf
    • The Frown – The National
    • The Parlotones – Honey Spiders
    • Van Coke Kartel – Tot Die Son Uitkom
    • Zebra & Giraffe – I’ll Blame you

Best Newcomer

    • Gangs of Ballet – Hello Sweet World
    • Goodnight Wembley – Time Machine
    • Spoegwolf – Lenie Blou
    • Tailor – Wolf
    • Toya DeLazy – Pump It On
    • Woodstock Mafia – Electric Light

Best Group

    • Die Antwoord – Baby Is On Fire
    • ISO – Destiny
    • The Plastics – Stereo Kids
    • Van Coke Kartel – Dis ‘n Land
    • Zebra & Giraffe – I’ll Blame You

Best Rock

    • Jack Parow ft. Francois van Coke – Hard Partytjie Hou
    • Taxi Violence – Unholy
    • Van Coke Kartel – Dis ‘n Land
    • Woodstock Mafia – Electric Light
    • Zebra & Giraffe – I’ll Blame you

Best SFX/Animation

    • Absinthe – Love Will Tear US Apart
    • Haezer ft. Lark – Brave
    • Mr Sakitumi – Jungle Jimmy
    • The Frown – The National
    • The Parlotones – Honey Spiders

Best Indie

    • Ashtray Electric – Bittersweet Manipulator
    • Black Handed Kites – Up
    • Mug-Shot – Bare Bones
    • Shortstraw – One Long Day
    • The Plastics – Stereo Kids

Best Dance

    • Die Antwoord – Baby Is On Fire
    • Double Adapter – Eat You Alive
    • Goodluck – Harlem
    • Johnny Neon – Hearts
    • Pascal & Pearce – Disco Sun

Best Solo

    • Bouwer Bosch ft. Jaco van der Merwe – (K)anker
    • ChianoSky – Sick Sick Sick
    • Jeremy Loops – Howling
    • Shotgun Tori – Sweet Weather
    • Toya DeLazy – Love Is In The Air

Best Live Act

    • Bittereinder
    • Fokofpolisiekar
    • Gangs of Ballet
    • Jeremy Loops
    • The Black Cat Bones
    • Van Coke Kartel

Best SA Music Festival

    • Oppikoppi 2012
    • RAMfest 2012
    • Rocking The Daisies 2012
    • Synergy 2012
    • Up The Creek 2012

 

Care to share your opinions or maybe venture a guess as to who might win what?
I love the fact that there is quite some diversity in this lot. I have deliberately not just put up videos of who I think should/will win (some of them, yes, others I just like)

Can’t wait for the awards!

I am no longer an Oppikoppi Virgin

17 Aug

Firstly, let me get it this out of the way. Yes, I have never before been to Oppikoppi (hence the term Koppi Virgin). This does not however mean that I am a newbie in the entertainment world. I have been to more gigs, shows and festivals than I can remember. I’ve done the whole shebang from playing in a band myself to organising tours. Furthermore, I have roughed it in informal settlements for months in African countries. I’ve done survivor camps, rock climbing, river rafting on the Zambezi and many other extreme fun events. I’ve even gone shopping in Menlyn during the school holidays. So of course I was prepared for Oppikoppi.

Yeah right.

The sheer magnitude of the festival almost overwhelmed me. To see thousands upon thousands of people from such a diverse cultural spectrum all together for one event was amazing. From the white Rasta to the black punk, the boerseun in khakis and a Fokofpolisiekar T-shirt to the poppie trading her Sandton-manicure for hippie-pants and a MK-cap…  To be frank, I can go see bands any time I want, but to live the experience of Oppikoppi is, evidently, much more than just the music.

Our campsite was my base of operations. Here my days began with Black Label and ended with friends around the fire just before curling up in my dusty tent. I was privileged enough to have a really fun crowd camping with us. My fellow Koppi Virgins and I were continually enthralled by tales of previous Oppikoppi’s as told by people like Henno Kruger (doing his 13th) and others with a few Koppi’s behind them. What made these stories even more awesome was the realisation that I too, was now living the stories I would tell to next year’s campers. Aside from all the laughs and random encounters with even more random people, camping also provided me with a strange opportunity to reflect. I was surrounded by dust (and a LOT of it), noise (every surrounding campsite had its own self appointed DJ) and conversations (you’d be surprised to know what people all around your tent talk about at 3:30 am). Yet somewhere in the cacophony I found myself engaged in my own thoughts for the first time in ages. I don’t know whether it was the change of pace form the city, or the subconscious realisation of the inherent freedom that Oppikoppi embodies. All I know is that there, on the corner of Frank Frost and Freedom, I found a part of my inner self that I thought had long ago been lost.

During the day, things were a lot less mushy and the music took over. Of the 5 stages on which more than 80 bands performed, I frequented four. I left the electro/dance stage to those that actually like that type of music. My personal favourites of the festival was undoubtedly Karen Zoid, Not My Dog, Bittereinder (by far the best local act at Oppikoppi. Read my interview with them on SA Music Zone) and the Canadian band Sum41 who blew more than 16 000 people away with their old songs and new hits alike. Other bands that need to be mentioned for exceptional performances are Van Coke Kartel, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Die Tuindwergies, December Streets, the Lise Chris Band and Frankie Fire. A very special show was the David Kramer tribute, celebrating his 30 years in the SA music industry. He put is all into an amazing performance, collaborating with -amongst others- Karen Zoid, Francois van Coke, Pierre Greeff (Heuwels Fantasties) and Jaco van der Merwe & Peach van Pletzen of Bittereinder.


Certain moments at the fest just managed to put the proverbial cherry on top of the already delicious cake. On the Saturday we had a TweetUp (meet-up of various twitter folks) hosted on the Cuervo deck. I was privileged enough to be there (seeing as I helped to organise it) and meet some of South Africa’s most prominent online personalities… whilst drinking tequila.

Visits to the legendary Top Bar (especially the post-koppi party after the last shows were done) made for more epic moments than I can mention (some of which I’d rather NOT mention).

All in all I can say that my first Oppikoppi experience was a tremendously good one. I will definitely be going back next year… and every year thereafter. If YOU are still an Oppikoppi Virgin, do something about it. Oppikoppi 2012 is waiting for you!

To my Unknown Brother who traded his suit and tie for and tie-die and Doc’s…
To my Unknown Sister who used a portable ablution facility for the first time…
To the Unknown organisers and crew who made this event a reality…
I salute you. YOU are the people that make Oppikoppi the life changing experience that it is.

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