Park Acoustics – Review and Competition

Review by Elmarie Kruger (@elmariekr)

Photos by Christelle Duvenage Photography (@StellaTeleur)


Lions and mambas and cats, oh my! – despite taking place on a scorching Sunday in October, the September edition of Park Acoustics was well-attended. Flocks of dedicated music fans braved the sweltering Pretoria sun to come and witness an array of excellent talents, the majority of which seemed to have Capetonian roots and animal-inspired names.

Opening the day’s festivities were Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions, who brought their distinctive Afro-indie sound to the Park Acoustics crowd. The band delivered a spirited performance and opened the day in a relaxing manner. This is a band which has been gaining much momentum lately, especially with the release of their debut single “Easy Love”.

Guy Collins and James van Minnen’s striking duo performance as Mean Black Mamba had crowds swaying along to their self-proclaimed “raw foot-stomping roots music”. This description proved to be incredibly apt, as the band delivered a powerful set filled with their trademark “Afro-swamp gospel” sound, playing tracks like “Poison in my Head”, their eponymous track “Mean Black Mamba”, and a cover of Blind Boy Fuller’s “I Don’t Want No Skinny Woman”.


Mean Black Mamba - photo by Christelle Duvenage

Mean Black Mamba – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Alessandro Benigno and Warwick Rautenbach, better known as the retro rock ‘n roll revival duo Hellcats, shook the stage with a set that simply growled with classic rock nostalgia. The band played many of the tracks that have helped them move up in the ranks on the local rock scene, such as “Black Stabbath”, “101 Damnations” and “Black Wolf”. This is a band that knows how to command an audience to their feet, and, if you were standing close enough to the stage, you would have seen even more classic rock reminiscence in the band’s devilishly decorated paper set list.


Hellcats - photo by Christelle Duvenage

Hellcats – photo by Christelle Duvenage


The Pretoria crowd really went wild when folk-cabaret outfit Mr Cat & the Jackal took to the stage. Boasting a collection of interesting instruments such as an accordion, a musical saw, a lap steel guitar and a bouzouki, the band played many of their well-loved hits, including “The Rain Came Pouring”, “Bad Man, He Comin’” and “The Devil Always Wants to Dance”.



Mr Cat and the Jackal – photo by Christelle Duvenage


The legendary Dan Patlansky showed off his guitar-plucking prowess and made music lovers swoon with his forceful blues hits. Patlansky supplied the crowd with endless reasons to dance and cheer, playing hits such as “Only an Ocean”, “Fetch Your Spade” and “Backbite”.




As the warm Pretoria sun began to retreat westward, the audience had the choice to either remain at the Southern Comfort Stage and jam with front man of the house band Popartlive, Morrison Taylor, and his pumping DJ set, or to make their way to the Sunset Comedy Stage to laugh along with the likes of the much-loved Deep Fried Man, Donnovan Goliath and Glen Bo.



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  1. Coenraad

    October 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Albert Frost. Only Us!!!!!!

  2. Rosie

    October 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Koos Kombuis. Johnny is nie dood nie….

  3. William

    October 20, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Albert Frost. He is a migician. Of course the the legendary Koos Kombuis too. Can’t wait 😀

  4. Rowan Jordaan

    October 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    This place does not feel like HOME NO MORE. Please DEVILS & GODS send us some MODERN ROMANCE otherwise we might just be LEAVING TOWN. Albert Frost for the Win!!!

  5. Nadia Levinson

    October 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I am absolutely stoked to see Koos Kombuis live for the very first time and of course John Vlismas on the comedy stage. I’d probably cry if Koos sang Liefde Uit Die Oude Doos or Sweet Freedom or Lalie or… the list goes on!

  6. Kobus

    October 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

    A bit of Albert Frost is always good! And then you guys give me a day with the legend Koos Kombuis making love to my earholes with lisa se klavier! That would be a good day!!

  7. Eric

    October 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Oom Koos!!
    Lente in die Boland!!

  8. Christian Niemand

    October 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

    What a hard question… i would definitely love to see Koos Kombuis performing reconciliation day! But on the other hand i would love to see what the albert frost trio can pull out of the hat!

  9. Sandra Joubert

    October 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome line-up and it’s a hard choice but super glad that Greg Georgiades can finally perform at PA…..would love to hear Fire and Sea.

  10. Uni

    October 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Koos Kombuis definitely would be my highlight. Growing up I always heard his music, never ever got to see him live. Would be an absolute privilege to see him live.


  11. Matthys

    October 23, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Can’t wait to see Koos Kombuis again, I really hopes he plays some of his older stuff like Bar op De Aar!!!

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