Sunday, August 9, 2009

Oppikoppi Smashed in Love: Day 3 Part Deux

After just a few hours of sleep, I woke up in a tent that was far too hot, and was forced to get up and go, if only to escape the heat.
First up, after pizza for breakfast and a colder-than-cold shower:
12h00: Wrestlerish, James Phillip Main Stage
Pretoria boys Wrestlerish have some of the most beautiful music I have heard in a long time. One of their tracks is on the Oppikoppi compilation CD, and the album is on its way, so keep your eyes open for that! Even the daytime suited the indie bedroom-folk sounds, and you have to love that members jump around playing a range of instruments, not limiting themselves to their primary instrument. The crowd loved them, and for a relatively new band I was surprised, but pleasantly so, to hear many a crowd member sing along!
13h00: Jack Parow, Levi's Bushveld Originals
With the filthiest mouth in the industry, Jack Parow was a much anticipated act. Joined on stage by Yesterday's Pupil's Peach, the mixing was, of course, of a superb standard. Wearing his trademark too-long black cap, Jack had the crowd in hysterics at some of his lyrics, and even those not so into this kind of music had to appreciate his zef Bellville-rap. You may not play it over and over, but this is definitely an entertaining act.
15h00: Ashtray Electric, Most Amazing Myn Stage
One of my favourite local bands, I was definitely not the most excited person watching. The crowd went crazy, and the boys put on one helluva show! Joined on stage by Thieve's Andrew Davenport, everyone was bursting with energy along with their eager fans. Lead vocalist Andre Pienaar even jumped down from the stage and joined the crowd; you can only imagine the reaction he got from the ladies. Come to think of it, the boys seemed pretty eager to touch his hand too! Having seen this band countless times and at various venues, I can confidently say this is one of the best Ashtray Electric shows I have seen. The boys put their everything into the performance, and the crowd saw that and gave it all back.
And now, it's time for the marathon. Later.

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