Southern Wild, Caelo, The Dirty South & Trucks and Buckets at Mercury

Sat
30 July
2016

Mercury wasn’t packed for this month-end show but the crowd were enthusiastic, especially for headliners Southern Wild (some guys didn’t stop screaming for joy throughout SW’s performance). They always put on a great show and I enjoyed their set a lot but musically the standout act of the night for me was Caelo, whose pretty unusual sound struck me in the best way possible.

Here are some shots of them as well as opening and closing acts Trucks and Buckets and the Dirty South.

Caelo  Southern Wild

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Shortstraw, Grassy Spark, Young Hands & Veladraco at Manila Bar

Fri
29 July
2016

Balloons, a pinata, crowd-surfing and not least of all a formidable line-up of high energy bands came together at Manila the last weekend of July, where the space got so packed with sweaty revelers it was really tough negotiating my way around the front of the stage.

Not even a power black-out during Grassy Spark‘s set (which resulted in me substituting my camera for my phone/torch to provide some stage light for the second half of their set) could put a damper on the crowd’s spirits – if anything they took it as a challenge and resolved to party extra hard, both in the dark and once the lights came back.

Shortstraw

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EGE: Electronics & Gaming Expo 2016

29 & 30
July
2016

The Electronics & Gaming Expo took place once again at the CTICC at the end of July. The expo featured demos of all the major gaming consoles as well as a LAN, loads of products and crafts for sale and demo and of course loads of cosplayers.

Here are some shots from Friday and Saturday at EGE 2016.

EGE 2016  EGE 2016  EGE 2016

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Folk Rock & Frocks at the Blah Blah Blah

Thurs
21 July
2016

An acoustic celebration of females in folk at the Blah Blah Bar, featuring Josie Field & Laurie Lavine,  Auriel Lefebre and Jae Braun and organised by Don’t Call me Moses.

Laurie Levine  Folk Rock & Frocks

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Rotting Christ (Greece) at the Assembly

Sat
2 July
2016

Greek black metal band Rotting Christ faced a fair amount of resistance to their South African tour, but for all that the Cape Town show at the Assembly went down (rather disappointingly, I must say) without any interference from angry protesters.

While I tend to agree that their provocative name is inappropriate to say the least, I did enjoy their performance and was surprised the event wasn’t as full as previous Witchdoctor Shows.

Rotting Christ

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