Review by Elmarie Kruger (@elmariekr)
Photos by Official Photographers Freedom Seekers – Ezra Qua-Enoo
Grietfest tends to be the highlight of every local electronic music fan’s year, and this year’s installment of this top class festival was no different. The day was warm and perfect for some tequila-fueled fun in the sun at the Container Yard in Johannesburg.
It was the second time for the same venue, but it was definitely not the same party. It brings us much joy to see Grietfest grow not only in audience, but also in stage lighting, effects, amazing surprises like the Secret Stage and also obviously the artists.
Stand-out sets from the beginning of the day included those of the Liquid King DJ BenSon, Thibo Tazz, Buli and Omar Morto. As the afternoon’s sets drew to a close, our Jozi sunset soundtrack included the likes of Hyphen, Leeu, Mvelo and the eclectic Thor Rixon, who entertained the crowd with hits like “Fuk Bread”, “Misery Belle” and “Time Away”.
When the sun went down, however, the party really started to pick up speed. Just after sunset it was time for Narch to hit main stage and pleasantly amaze the festival attendees. The Joburg night was lit up by strobe lights and good vibes when it was time for long-awaited sets by one of Belgium’s top-notch producers, Lektrique, who played “Omega”, “Shots Fired” and “Stormtroopers” among other tracks.
Russian electro-house producer Proxy kept crowds lively with his set that pushed the boundaries of what festival goers might consider ordinary. His set included the tracks “Raven”, “Dance in the Dark”, “Mort” and “40 Seconds”. UK-based artist Dimension offered a gem of a set, playing crowd favourites like “Hydraulic”, “Automatik” and “Avaritia”.
The afterparty at AND didn’t disappoint, with HAEZER bringing us something new from his side. Another stand out DJ of the festival is non other than our main gurl Ella-G, bringing the music-filled 15 hours to a halt.
Once again, Grietfest offered us an opportunity to have a lively jam with friends, set to some of the most high-quality live beats that South Africa – and the world – has to offer.