Written by Roy Bouwer (@Roy_booy)
Park Acoustics has rapidly become known across Pretoria and Jo’burg as the best way to spend a Sunday. Its actually warms the cockles of ones heart to see how much Park Acoustics has grown in the last year and has not only become the best thing to do on a Sunday but has become a land mark event in the South African Music Industry.
Not only has most of South Africa’s very best bands and musicians played this momentous event but the party has been extended to include some DJs which keep the party animals going as well as some of South Africa’s top comedians to tickle the funny bones of the rest of the committed Park Acoustic goers. Don’t forget the very best way to end the day is to get a spot on top of Fort Schanskop and watch the sunset while taking in the most breathtaking 360° view of Pretoria.
The final Park Acoustics was tinged with a hint of sadness knowing that it would be the last time we make the uphill journey to the gloriousness which is Park Acoustics until 2013. The excitement for the line up was accompanied by the gods once again smiling down over Park Acoustics and supplying perfectly sunny weather which Pretoria loves so much. The event was moved out of the Fort which meant to we couldn’t enjoy the ample shade of the natural canopy created by the huge tree which makes up the centre piece of the fort. But the sunburn you got didn’t really matter, considering that we now had a bigger area plus a bigger stage with a natural back drop of Pretoria Central.
Gil Hockman started off the day with his smooth folk sound. The Jo’burg based singer-songerwriter sings songs about everything and anything. Hockman not only produces original material but he pulls of the most unlikely cover with his own unique style and creativity. This cover of Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice is quite a comical number with the lyrics of a rap song sung with a acoustic guitar- Its quite something special. Hockman rises above the category of struggling Jo’burg musicians and the fact that he isn’t the most successful musician actually compliments his style.
The rising star of 2012, Matthew Mole, with his catchy folk electro songs coupled by his humble personality makes him stand out and gets audiences to really like him. Mole’s smooth melodic vocals are accompanied by nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a bass drum yet he can get the crowd dancing. Matthew Mole has gained quite a reputation in the Gauteng indie scene and has been playing shows regularly gaining a large fan base and yet even after seeing him time and time again there is no possible way to get enough of him.
Cape Town wasn’t done showcasing its talent as Al Bairre toke to the stage. Al Bairre’s 5 piece band create the kind of indie Music which we don’t really get to see a lot of in SA. The bands incorporation of classical instruments such as the Cello, Violin by no means makes their sound more classical but adds an extra level to their style. The songs are catchy and the bands energy gets you into the music and makes you dance. Usually a new band plays covers so that to gain the audiences attention however Al Bairre’s original songs are already enough to captivate an audience and the covers just adds to the fun the audience is already having.
Just before Fokofpolisiekar played, Tailor turned things down a notch. This singer-song writer may not get the audience dancing however her powerful vocals and her meaningful songs captivate your attention in a very intense way. Her songs are very dark yet very relatable. Tailor not only a talented song writer and singer but her live performance is packed with so much emotion and power and emotion was even felt by those sitting right at the back on the top of the hill.
The band from Bellville Rock City, celebrating their decade in the South African Music Industry – Fokofpolisiekar ended the day off. For the first time in 5 years the band was performing with all the original members making the performance that much more special. The band had the audience’s undying devotion – the crowd even throwing lighters, coins, clothing, panties and anything else they found appropriate in adoration for the band. A huge part of a Fokof performance is not only the band killing it with everyone’s favorites but the amount of love the crowd has for the band, with the huge crowd singing every song word for word.
The strength and emotion which Fokof brought was the perfect way to end Park Acoustics for the year, and we are starting January off with a pretty good vibe again!
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2013 Park Acoustics is starting off with a bang bringing you:
Alan!Lets Move On, Black Handed Kites, Rambling Bones, ShortStraw and Tidal Waves ending with smooth tunes from Michael Lesar and a comedy show before the sunset.
Stand a chance to win one of two sets of DOUBLE tickets for
Sunday, 27 January by commenting on this post with who YOU would love to see most from the line-up and why.
Winners gets announced on Monday, 21 January.