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Thoughts on Sounds Wild, The Lumineers and tequila

13 Dec

It beginsAsk anyone that has ever partied with me at least once, and they will confirm: I love tequila.
My personal preference being Jose Cuervo.
I also love music, people and awesome events.

For this reason, I was extremely elated to be present at not one, but two events sponsored by Jose Cuervo.
The parties went down like, well, shots of tequila. Very lekker.

Sounds Wild FestAt Sounds Wild festival, I sadly had to arrive a bit late (tip to event organisers: Organising an awesome event that starts at 13:00 on a Friday, is not really a good idea). It’s not that I am bitching, I just feel that the quality of entertainment would have drawn a much bigger crowd if things kicked off a bit later. The bit that I did catch, was an awesome amalgamation of musical vibes, sexy females and shots with strangers and friends alike… Jeremy Loops was my highlight on stage. Man, this guy CAN put on a show. He had the crowd by the balls… in a very good way.

Bombay Bicycle Club headlined the event. They were good, but in my mind -even with their musical intricacies- they did not match up to the local talent that was on offer.
ShotsI loved the fact that there was a dedicated shot-bar that also sold margaritas. So often it happens that you simply want a few tequilas, and then you have to stand in the queue behind Frikkie ordering 24 beers, that has to be poured into cups first…


This was also a great bonus at The Lumineers show, although the super bar made it easy to get drinks otherwise as well.
While everyone was giddy for the visiting band, I was actually more stoked to see some of the other acts.
Alice Phoebe Lou was amazing. I saw her TEDxBerlin performance that she did a while back, and was very pleasantly surprised to see that she was on the line-up for this Cuervo party. Her musical innocence was countered by her super deep and meaningful lyrics that speak of a worldly wisdom beyond her years.

Photo 2014-12-06, 4 56 41 PMI have to shamefully admit that, up until this concert, I have never even heard of Majozi, so feel free to label this act as my awesome surprise of the day. What a well rounded, quality musical experience. I would certainly suggest that you make a plan to see Nhlanhla Majozi. You can thank me later.

It's a Cuervolución!What praise can be sung about Dear Reader that has not been sung already? Brilliant vocals, stunning music and -not to use the term loosely at all- perfect.

The Lumineers put on a great, crowd pleasing show. Personally, I was more impressed (once again) with the local acts, but fans are still raving about the performance of this Denver based band. Just to make sure you are not getting the wrong idea, I am not saying there was anything wrong with the visitors. They were, in fact, incredibly flawless. Just not 100% my vibe, but hey ho, that’s OK. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). Fun was had by all!


This is the CuervolucionWhat make events like these even more noteworthy for me, is the fact that it is steadily setting the precedent for current industry leading bands to visit South Africa. It gives me hope to see bands like The Black Keys and such here in the near future. Who knows, thanks to sponsors like Jose Cuervo and the others who buy into our music culture, we might just see more of our favourite acts while their music is topping the charts.

Did you go to to one of these shows? How was it for you?
Who would you like to see in in South Africa next?
Feel free to express yourself in a comment below




RAMfest: The post you shouldn’t read

25 Feb

RAMfest HeaderThe internet is flooded with a plethora of awesome posts about RAMFest 2014.
Music/entertainment bloggers, musicians, promoters, fans… all are cRAMming visions of awesomeness and great expectations down your digital throats. Everywhere you turn there’s a picture, a reminder of the fest.

And if you’re not going, it is probably the last thing you want to see.
So seriously, if you are not going to RAMfest, do not read the rest of this post, coz you will hate me, and that will suck.

RAMfest Joburg line-upYou see, I am now going to tell you about the 3 things I personally look forward to most about RAMfest, aside from what everyone else will have told you a million times by now. I mean, of course I look forward to the music, I mean, seriously, have you even SEEN the line-up?
It’s also obvious that I can’t wait to party my tits off with all the awesome people (which by now, if you were obedient earlier, includes you).

But what is it that I believe sets this fest apart from most other, especially when it comes to things you might not even think of?
Read on, and I’ll tell you what I think. Feel free to add on your opinion, as I am by far not informed enough to know everything:

    After every year, people love to flap their lips (coz everyone is an expert)… To be honest, I have done that in the past. I have ranted about the sound and made some very specific suggestions in the years gone by (seeing as I am a bit of an opinionated arse). Guess what, RAMfest listened. Now I’m not saying that the sound fills in the front of the stage is BECAUSE they read my rants, but I still like to think I made it happen. Toilets have been bitched about, the year thereafter the lav-situation was sorted. Food stalls have been criticized… and yes, the year after that you had more to eat and choose from than even I could get to.
  • RAMfest GROWS
    I don’t only mean in numbers, but in quality. Better bands, better stages, better sound, more, bigger, longer… And I cannot see any reason why they will ever stop. They are, in fact playing an essential part in GROWING the music culture in South Africa, and for that we all owe them a massive hi5 and a few shots.
    The festival, and it’s organisers, have been the targets of much publicised criticism and attacks from various avenues. From preachers to neighbours and other unenlightened people. Yet, through all of this, they treat even the complainers with respect. More than that, they respect the people who go to the fest. In my personal experience, I have never seen them be rude to stupid people who ask stupid questions. They never think that they are better than anyone who attends. In fact, as a media-ish person, it has ALWAYS been a pleasure working with them. 

RAMfest 2014Now, I am not saying that they are the only people who do the above, but in an industry where so many venues and/or organisers do not do the above, I find it truly exceptional that they constantly maintain the above, and even though 2014’s events haven’t even happened yet, I already look forward to 2015 and further on…

OK, if you are a little rebel, and read this post even though you thought you are not going to go to RAMfest, I bet you might want to make a plan now. So head on over to www.ramfest.co.za and book your tickets before it is too late…

See you there! If I’m not at the stage, I’ll be at the bar 😉

Jose Cuervo is giving away a signed Fender Guitar!

17 Sep

Yup, it’s true, Jose Cuervo has really gone all out.

Win a Fender with Cuervo

As I told you in a previous post, Cuervo has some more awesome stuff up for grabs.  This time round, #PartyAnimals like you stand the chance of winning a Fender electric guitar signed by The Hives , Alt-J and Skunk Anansie
For more info on how to ENTER THIS COMPETITION you can check out @JoseCuervoSA on twitter as well as Jose Cuervo’s Facebook Page.

A reminder, you can win tickets to Vodacom In  The City here.

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