Win With Park Acoustics & December 2012’s Review

Written by Roy Bouwer (@Roy_booy)

Photos by Christelle Duvenage Photography (@StellaTeleur)


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 - photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography

Gil Hockman – photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography


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.


Matthew Mole – Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography


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.


Al Bairre - Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography

Al Bairre – Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography


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.


Tailor - Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography

Tailor – Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography


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.


Fokofpolisiekar - Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography

Fokofpolisiekar – Photo by Christelle Duvenage Photography


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!


Park Acoustics 27 January 2013



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.


  1. Colette Carr

    January 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Cos Keanu is better than you!

  2. Bianca

    January 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Gauteng Music Scene :3

    I would love to see ShortStraw the most, as they’re one of my favourite South African bands, & as they don’t have some of the songs that I love recorded yet, obviously I NEED to see them live, & I love Park Acoustics, the vibe & everything is beautiful, so it would be a great place to see them ♥

  3. Kgotso Motaung

    January 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Super amped to see “Alan, Let’s Move On”. I wanna see the story of the Alan child unfold right before my eyes. Plus, I need to know why they want him to move on.

  4. Jaque Pelser

    January 9, 2013 at 6:13 am

    This will be my first time seeing them live, Jay Bones has the voice of an angel! So Rambling Bones it is 😀

  5. Hugene Koekemoer

    January 9, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Rambling Bones would be awesome because my Birthday is the 26th of January!!So after a huge party what’s better then another huge party???

  6. Charles

    January 9, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Black Handed Kites! Loved them at Oppi Koppi

  7. Rusha du Toit

    January 9, 2013 at 6:37 am

    The Tidal Waves! I have always managed to miss their shows through no fault of my own. And I want to hear ‘Lekker Lekker Dans” live with my friends at Fort Schanskop!

  8. Matthys van Eyssen

    January 9, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Tidal Waves because I’m in the mood for original music for original people and of course I want to Lekker lekker dans the day away!

  9. Palesa Mohulatsi

    January 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

    TIDAL WAVES….. Original music for original people…. Would really love to see them at park acoustics I love reggae and I love Tidal Waves

  10. Liezel Jansen van Rensburg

    January 9, 2013 at 7:17 am

    It Would be AWSOME to see Tidal Waves again! I have been a fan for 11 years since the tender age of 16, when I snuk out to see my first live band at the nile crocodile! Tidal waves rocked then, and they rock now!

  11. Angie Robb

    January 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    TIDAL WAVES 😀 the holiday will be coming to an end, back to the books and back to reality 🙁 Sooooo… I wanna “LEKKER LEKKER DANS” before that happens 😉

  12. Hugene Koekemoer

    January 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I would like to see Rambling Bones!!Since its my birthday the day before what would be better to end a party with another party!!!You know what I’m saying!!!:-)

  13. Alex

    January 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I want to see them all!! I’m slightly ashamed to say that I haven’t been exposed to enough of the SA music scene to be able to choose between any of these acts, probably ’cause I’ve never been to Park Acoustics (I know, shame on me…).

  14. Rozanne Coetzee

    January 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Black handed kites! Never seen them before, and what better way than the FIRST park acc of 2013! EXCITED!

  15. Zandre

    January 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

    As I am familiar with the rest of the line up I would love to see Black Handed Kites as I have not had the privilege of hearing their tunes and Live is just sooooo much better!!! Secondly Park Acoustics always rocks all the bands the vibes the peeps the drink the food so Park Acoustics is as a whole is who I wana see on the 27th of Jan!!!!!!!!

  16. Simone

    January 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Tidal waves forsure..
    The mixture of their music just wants to make you dance all day long. One awsum band that makes you feel so warm and welcome every single time.

    Original music for original people…!!!!

  17. Bianca Prinsloo

    January 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Tidal Waves….’cause ek wil ‘lekker lekker dans’ 😛

  18. Marco Ruela

    January 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Shorstraw all the way. Why? Because, thats why!

  19. Laura Pretorius

    January 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

    All I would like to do is start off 2013 with magical tunes coursing through my aching body after this holiday. I’ve experienced loss and sadness, and Short straw will fix it all!I want to bake in the sun, and be merry with a ice cold jack daniels in hand and just be merry.Im always merry at Park Acoustics!and ive missed you so!
    Short Straw for the WIN!!!!!

    🙂 bring on the merry and joyous!

  20. Jamie

    January 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Rambling Bones
    Short Straw
    Tidal Waves…
    Saaay Whaaat?! Three of my favorite bands, HECK YEAH!

  21. Heidi

    January 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

    SHORTSTRAW. – we all need a lil bikini weather this summer*

  22. tam

    January 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Tidal Waves!
    each member translates their colour, gender and vision into something inspirational by composing movement and melody. With signature smiles and energy that goes on for days, 2013 would kick off great with their feel-good vibes.

  23. Mzi

    January 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Am still depressed about missing last time with Fokofpolisiekar ! Sure Tidal waves is going to help me get in a better mood .

    Love the last pic in the article. Looks like a scene out of Dragonball Z 😛

  24. Janine

    January 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Tidal Waves! Saw them for the first time years ago in Potch and have waited to see them ever since, and nothing can be better than at the first PA of 2013! Original music for original people!

  25. Hermann Lass

    January 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Tidal waves – Becuase original people need original music.

  26. Brandon

    January 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Shortstraw! In all honesty, they are my favourite South African band. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon other than enjoying Shortstraw’s witty lyrics and soulful instrumentals in Pretoria’s “bikini weather”.

  27. Janis

    January 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I’d love to see the amazeballs SHORT STRAW again with my crazy friend Colette. Who not only introduded me to good SA muisc – but also has me loving every minute of it !!!

  28. Andrea van der Kuil

    January 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Shortstraw:) I just want to get my hippie vibes aaaaaaan and listen to music that sounds like unicorns feeding in a lush, green field.

  29. Kim

    January 10, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Rambling Bones… No Short Straw… No Rambling Bones… No Short Straw…

    Don’t make me choose between two of my favourite SA bands that’s just cruel! I would much rather jam the afternoon away with my bestie and end it off on top of Fort Schanskop with a beautiful sunset!!!


  30. Christi

    January 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

    ShortStraw of course! No wait Tidal Waves. I mean Black Handed Kites. Oh come on, do I have to pick just one?

  31. Candice Natalie Raley

    January 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    TIDAL WAVES FTW 😀 , it would be the perfect way to start the New Year by of course going to the first 2013 Park Acoustics. 🙂

  32. Danel

    January 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

    BLACK HANDED KITES- i wake up to there music everyday and it puts me in the best mood ever cant wait to se the live at the best place to be on a sunday park acoustics with goid friends, music and good vibes, its the one thing i cant wait for every month!!!!!!

  33. Ivan Kruger

    January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am


    because I have not yet seen them in 2013 =P and that’s just sad, isn’t it?

    • Ivan Kruger

      January 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm


      because I have not yet seen them in 2013 =P and that’s just sad, isn’t it?

  34. Stephanie Carlsson

    January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I absolutely love Black Handed Kites! I saw them at Bassline last year and fell in love with the banjo-playing duo. My year will be made to see them again at the amazing Park Acoustics! There’s nothing like sun and awesome music to cap off a weekend!

  35. Jaque Pelser

    January 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Are we allowed to enter more than once? Well…. I will try…. Tidal Waves would also be amazing, they have the BEST live act!!!

  36. Jaque Pelser

    January 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Wait…. Changed my mind again… Rambling Bones, because of Jay Bones’s voice. 😀 But Tidal Waves also rocks!

  37. Paul

    January 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    SHORT STRAW! Those badboys MADE Oppikoppi for me last year. You should totes gimme these tickets because your mother says so. “Oh oh oh oh!! Girl you’re so funny, let’s take some drugs, let’s make some money!!” Best. Jam. Ever.

  38. Nicole

    January 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

    *clears throat and sings* Ag please GMS won’t you send us to acoustics, all 6 7 of us of want to jam all day.. We want to see the tidal waves, black handed kites and all, soaking up the sun all day and just have a jol :)

  39. Uni

    January 19, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Been threatening to catch short straw since 2012 – haha. Can’t think of a better setting to finally see them do their thing.

  40. Jaque Pelser

    January 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Please pick me?! Still Rambling Bones 😀

  41. keenan Theron

    January 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    we all know january has struck us broke, and this year just wouldnt be the same if we missed PARK ACOUSTICS!!!! . and me and my twin brother egor arer turning 27 on the 27th this will not happen again for another 127 years. please hook us up hes got glucoma i was the lucky one.

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