I haven’t been to a show as sweaty, intense or downright fun as the QOTSA Tribute 2016 in a very long time. Say what you will about tribute shows but when they’re as good as this one was I’m all for them – you could tell the music of Queens of the Stone Age was a big inspiration to everyone involved and their passion was palpable, flooding off the stage and into the tightly packed crowd (I have never seen Manila that full) who’d been eagerly anticipating the night for ages.
Working out the logistics of the show couldn’t have been easy with 20-odd performers rotating in and out, but things flowed pretty much seamlessly from one song and set to the next, and everyone gave truly great performances. Surprise stand-out of the show for me was their rearranged version of UNKLE’s Restless but the setlist on the whole was perfect as were the vocal choices in particular.
Throughout the night the message was stressed that shows like this prove that the rock scene is alive in Cape Town – rock in particular has definitely been in a bit of a slump of late but hopefully the overwhelming success of a night like this will help inject some passion back into the scene.
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British electro-soul outfit Jungle’s Kirstenbosch show has been hotly anticipated by Cape Town for the last few months, and it didn’t disappoint. Even though it rained (like, a lot) during the end of opening act Goodluck’s set, there was energy and enthusiasm all round and no-one seemed too put out by the deluge.
Goodluck were slick and did a good job of warming up the crowd on the chilly Friday night and, although the rain delayed their starting time slightly, Jungle were very slick and put on a great show. I’m not a massive fan and wasn’t planning on staying till the end but ended up doing just that – very enjoyable show.
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18 & 19
A well established event in Joburg, rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) came to Cape Town for the first time last weekend at GrandWest Casino. Over three days, the casino‘s market hall hosted the NAG LAN while the expo across from the arcade offered loads of demos of games and various technologies (from drones to VR goggles to 3D printers) as well as a massive Counterstrike tournament (with players vying for R100000, the largest prize ever in South African eSports), overclocking demos, workshops and contests, market stalls full of games and geek paraphernalia and of course loads of cosplayers.
For all this I confess I found myself a little overwhelmed – as with last year’s EGE, the Friday was pretty dead but things picked up hectically on Saturday and, as inaugural events go, it was really good overall and a solid foundation for bigger and better expos in the future.
Here are some photos of Friday and Saturday at rAge CT 2016.
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