Karnivool and Ohgod at Mercury

Fri 22
April
2016

Australia’s Karnivool graced the mother city with a show at Mercury at the end of April with the support of local instrumental metal trio ohgod. I’m not a big fan of Karnivool and to be honest was a little underwhelmed by their performance but the crowd certainly enjoyed the show.

Here are some shots from the evening.

ohgod  Karnivool

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Queens of the Stone Age Tribute show – QOTSA 2016 at Manila Bar

Sat
9 April
2016

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.

QOTSA Tribute Show   QOTSA Tribute Show

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.

QOTSA Tribute Show

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Jungle & Goodluck at Kirstenbosch

Fri
1 April
2016

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.

Jungle

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Behemoth at the Assembly

Sun 27 March 2016

Polish metal legends Behemoth returned to our shores over the Easter weekend (in spite of much opposition from dismayed religious protesters over the last few months) and put on a fantastically theatrical and polished show at the Assembly.

Behemoth  Behemoth

They’ve been playing since ’91 and it shows – they take what they do very seriously and they do it very well, perfectly crafting a set (comprised of latest album The Satanist played in its entirety as well as some old classics) full of energy and drama, with small skits and gimmicks to punctuate the show. These included pyrotechnics, spitting blood (whatever it was I got some on me and it smelled like cherries) and doing unholy interpretations of Christian rituals – sprinkling communion wafers into the crowd and wafting a Catholic incense burner.

Not my favourite music to listen to but definitely one of my favourite performances to shoot – here’s a look at the show.

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rAge Cape Town at GrandWest

18 & 19
March
2016

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.

rAge 2016 Cape Town

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