PARK ACOUSTICS: February Review, March Competition

Review by Elmarie Kruger (@elmariekr)

Photos by Christelle Duvenage (@StellaTeleur)

On Sunday, 5 February, Park Acoustics kicked off 2017 with a talent-filled line-up that filled the Fort Schanskop Amphitheatre to its brim. Despite cloudy skies, crowds still arrived in their masses to attend the day’s events.

As the day began, the soothing blues-rock sounds of Gunshot Blue got the crowd ready for the music the rest of the day had in store. The band’s laid-back, yet respectful and passionate approach to the blues genre made watching their performance a visual and aural experience worth remembering. They entertained the crowd with tracks such as “Rocky Road” and “Higher”. The band also included a range of blues covers in their set, and had the crowd cheering for more by the time their performance was over.


Gunshot Blue – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Jo’burg-based funk-rock quartet Strait-Jackal got the audience on their feet with their Red Hot Chili Peppers-inspired sound. The band’s set list included the tracks “Stagnant Water” and “If You Don’t Mind”. Strait-Jackal’s stage presence was electric and they got the crowd moving and ready for the rest of the afternoon with their energetic performance (and their excellent beards).

Boxer delivered one of the day’s standout performances with their signature indie crunch “box ‘n’ roll” set. The band delivered a show filled with fan favourites, including, “TMF*”, “Show & Tell” and “R2D2” – the undeniable highlight of their vivacious set.


Boxer – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Next up was beloved folk act Rambling Bones. Fans crowded around the stage to dance and sway as the enigmatic four-piece filled their ears with soothing acoustic guitar and tambourine sounds. The band’s soulful delivery of their music and their honest and raw stage presence wooed the audience. The band soothed the Pretoria crowd with the tracks, “Baby Shoes”, “Old Man of the Ocean” and “Those Grey Men”.


Rambling Bones – photo by Christelle Duvenage


After much build-up and anticipation, local rock legend Francois van Coke finally took to the stage. As is almost traditional at his live sets, the audience crowded around the stage to take in Van Coke’s music while Van Coke reached out to the crowd, interacting with them in a way that makes his shows so intimate – he even threw in a crowd-surf for good measure. Everyone sang along to hits such as “Behoort Aan Niemand Nie”, “Ek Weet Nie” and “Moontlik Nooit”. Van Coke also included tracks from his new album, Hierdie is die Lewe, which have already become crowd favourites. These included “Dit Raak Beter” and “Mensdom”. Van Coke ended off his set with a powerful and moving rendition of the massive hit, “Toe Vind Ek Jou”, which left the crowd in awe.


Francois van Coke – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Those who had still not partied enough after the day’s musical events were further entertained by DJ Okapi, and others headed off to prepare for the week ahead in a more light-hearted manner, listening to comedy sets delivered by Nicholas Goliath, Mo Mothembe and Kedibone Mulaudzi.



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  1. hannet

    February 24, 2017 at 9:37 am

    matthew mole for sure. cant wait

  2. Lorene

    February 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Definitely cant wait to see Matthew Mole again – he is brilliant!

  3. joyce driver-radulovic

    February 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Mathew Mole of course!

  4. Johan

    February 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see Matthew Mole live!!

  5. Annemarie

    February 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Taking the man for his first park acoustics and he needs to see why I’m excited to see Matthew Mole!!

  6. Henriël

    February 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Alice Phoebe Lou! Most definitely – I missed both her last two shows in SA and didn’t think I’d get a chance to see her.
    But I’ll actually be in Pretoria on the 5th! *happy dance* 😀

  7. Nico van der Merwe

    February 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Francois van Coke cant wait?

  8. Quinton Dos Santos

    February 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Alice Phoebe Lou! Been hearing a lot of good things about her jams!
    Also I have a friend visiting from Belgium and would love to introduce him to the epicness that is Park Acoustics! 😉

  9. Marnel

    February 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Alice Phoebe Lou! She has the voice of an angel

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