Monday, 1 September 2014

Vic Falls Carnival

 JAMESON VIC FALLS CARNIVAL RETURNS FOR ANOTHER THREE-DAY NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA 

GOLDFISH LIVE, BEATENBERG, OLIVER ‘’TUKU’’ MTUKUDZI 
AND WINKY D ANNOUNCED  
Last year thousands of festival-goers from across Africa and the world partied into 2014 as the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival lived up to its promise as Africa’s most exciting New Years’ experience!

Set in the spectacular town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, this 7th Wonder of the World and national heritage park is the perfect backdrop to ring in a uniquely African New Year. Now in its third year, the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival is back! Jameson Irish Whiskey continues as title sponsor bringing this African phenomenon to fingertips of the adventure and music community for another memorable experience.

Headlining the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival are none other than SA’s electronic duo Goldfish Live. They’re joined by the fresh new face of pop music all the way from Cape Town, Beatenberg, along with Zimbabwe’s own legend, Oliver ‘’Tuku’’ Mtukudzi and the infamous Hararian reggae-dancehall champion Winky D.

The Jameson Vic Falls Carnival 2014 will take place as follows:

29th Dec 2014 - Train party set on a beautiful colonial train to take attendees to a secret bush party deep in the nature reserve.

30th Dec 2014 - World famous colour festival with after-parties in four of Vic Fall’s most popular party venues.

31st Dec 2014 – New Year’s festival at the Victoria Falls Primary School fields, welcoming in the New Year and revelling until 3am.

In addition to an epic lineup and the breath-taking Victoria Falls, festival-goers can push their adventure limits to the test with a variety of adrenaline activities such as gorge swinging, river rafting and bungee jumping. This year there will be even more on offer in the African adventure capital; whatever the activity, the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival will keep you enthralled day and night.

Whether a seasoned festival-goer or adventurous newbie, this is one festival to add to your calendar and tick off that bucket list! Keep an eye on the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival Facebook page for more news on this year’s event format, lineup, itinerary and accommodation options.

Travel packages details to be announced!

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime New Year extravaganza. Lock down your New Year plans now - various tickets categories are available catering for all festival stamina’s:

TICKET OPTIONS:

Tickets will be on sale from Nutickets and www.vicfallscarnival.com from Friday the 25 July 2014.

29th - $55 or R605
30th or 31st - $50 or R550
30th & 31st - $90 or R990
29th, 30th & 31st - $100 or R1,100 
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

MIELIEPOP!

Mieliepop Festival 2014
 2-5 October 2014, Lothair, Mpumalanga

 "Eazy Livin’ and a rocking crowd at Mieliepop" – Uriah Heep
"Ordentlike mense! My tipe jol…" – Hendrik Geelbaadjie

The stage is set, players booked and the artists are ready as they lurch headlong into another delicious instalment of Mieliepop. It is now the fourth annual event. Original South African legends and the hottest of new acts converge from the 2nd to the 5th of October in Eclectic Mielie-Land. This is way more than just a mere musical festival and it will swiftly become clear why their regular Mieliepoppers return back time and again.

ABOUT LOCAL SUPPORT AND CULTURE…

“Those in the know are all too aware that Mieliepop is far from just setting up camp and watching bands. Without argument set in one of the most beautiful festival venues in South Africa, festival goers appreciate our fine blend of serenity, creative mayhem and quirky surprises. Jaw-dropping good talent continues to ensure the grandeur from eras past, present and beyond.” - Organizers

If you think Mieliepop; think of an fantasy world where you can celebrate and simply have outlandish fun! “We are noted for our provision of quality at many levels, squeaky clean and well-serviced festival infrastructure (hot showers/flush toilets)” Organizers. Camp hassle free on lush lawns adjacent to a crystal clear lake (fishing and swimming allowed), Rock ‘n’ Rolling green hills and magical caves delicately decorated with Highveld lilies.

Explore the beautiful farm and wildlife, catch a fish, find hidden land art or float your pimped lilo on the lake while you make friends with the resident otters. Be romantic and declare your love at their Chapel (while Elvis makes it all official) or possibly hitch a free ride on the “Yellow Dub-Marine” with the live on board reggae band. Join in or kick back then make your way to the Marshmallow Pit, bang your drum and show off your didgeridoo skills around the festival-long bonfire.

Visitors may also trek off into the woods where their new Electronica Stage addition this year will host fresh and pioneering DJ's. More late night foot tapping options; Cocktail Pool Bar and Disco Cave will keep the classic party happening until the early hours of the morning.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
“Saturday Night Beaver” Fancy Dress Up (Best dressed, animal costumed couple will each receive lifelong Mieliepop membership!).

Pamper Lounge and Massage Tent.

Troll Pub (Claimed as a World first; semi submerged bar below a bridge where Trolls serve you…) 

Binge Bingo Star (Play Bingo, for beer)!

LINE-UP





MIELIEPOP 2014 PRICES
Adult Festival Ticket (inc. camping) – Ranging from R495 – R595
Age 12 and Under Festival Ticket (inc. camping) – FREE (obtain a ticket voucher via our ticketing site under the reference name of the adult accompanying you)
All Tickets:
- Include camping
- Day tickets available at festival gate
- Can be purchased at www.mieliepop.com

ACCOMMODATION

• Maizey Stray VIP Tended Lodge Bookings at www.mieliepop.com
• Caravans and 4x4 Trailers Allowed

STAY UPDATED
• Web: www.mieliepop.com
• Twitter: @mieliepopfest
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/mieliepopfestival

SEE YOU THERE!
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Calling for the Crazy

 The Ballistics debut album giveaway! 


The Ballistics is a young and energetic four-piece blues-rock band that started out late 2009 as an old-school rock band, but soon underwent a natural progression into the blues. The band has been on the local music scene for a couple of years now, but prominently made their mark in 2013 with a Gauteng Tour and the release of their first EP. Band highlights include playing at renowned festivals such as Up The Creek, Oppikoppi, RAMfest and Synergy, as well as co-winning Rolling Stone SA’s Rockstarter band competition. The Ballistics has also performed at most major venues in the Western Cape.

The year 2014 sees the band's name change from Ballistic Blues to The Ballistics, the music video of ‘No Harm’ and the recording of their debut full-length album “Calling for the Crazy”.
 

WIN one of 3 “Calling for the Crazy” albums!

We have 3 of these awesome albums to give away and to WIN one is sooo simple!

Simply give us a shout on Twitter (@dirty_pink_city) or facebook (HERE) and let us know if you're a fan of The Ballistics!

Also, don't forget to give some love to these awesome guys @TheBallistics_ on twitter and 
facebook  HERE



Support Local! #callingforthecrazy
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Double Week Pass to Assembly

 You can win a double WEEK pass to 
Assembly this week


We have 3 double week passes to give away to a few awesome people!

Here's what's happening at Cape Town's best live music venue, The Assembly - 
and if you win you can go to all events! 

Wednesday See You Next Wednesday x Hyphen, Mao & Daddy Warbucks. EVENT HERE
Thursday The Rock 'n Rollercoaster Presents: Arno Carstens Music brought to you by Sailor Jerry / EVENT HERE
Friday Honda Presents: Pre-Block Party Warm-Up ft. Jamie Saint, DJ Va-Va, DDE, Pixel Pop & Half Life / EVENT HERE
Saturday ROCK NIGHT ft. Ashtray Electric, Grassy Spark, The Liminals & YNDIAN MYNAH / EVENT HERE

Come spread the word with us and win:

Tweet to us (@dirty_pink_city) and mention (@Assembly_ct) and tell us YOU WANT TO GO to these awesome events!

Also add to your chances to win by commenting on our facebook page www.facebook.com/DirtyPinkCity

Go go go!
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Waiting Room Giveaway

Ticket Giveaway to WAITING ROOM PRESENTS: Diamond Thug, Paint Club and The Coast


We have 2 double tickets to give away to TWO lucky winners at 
the Waiting Room on Tuesday 26 August 2014!

Simply tweet to us (@dirty_pink_city) and tell us you want to go! 
OR
leave a comment on our Facebook page HERE

Join the event here: HERE

More Info:

Entrance: R30
Doors Open: 19:30

Check out the acts:

Diamond Thug:
- indie-electronic-rock -
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-thug

Paint Club:
- pop-beats -
https://soundcloud.com/paint-club

The Coast:
- indie-rock-pop -
https://soundcloud.com/thecoastmusicsa

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Oppikoppi Odyssey

Oppikoppi 20 years on...


I was raised knowing Oppikoppi as the Shangri-la. The beginning and end of all local music and the heart of everything weird and wonderful. Oppikoppi is almost as old as I am and this year they turned a mighty 20 years old. What started out with a few local artists on a farm somewhere in Limpopo, boomed its way to become what is known today as South Africa's biggest live music festival.

Normally I have a very smooth journey to music festivals. I pack, get into the car and drive into the sunset towards my little weekend utopia. Not with Oppikoppi. Seeing that we stay in Cape Town and only had Friday available to travel, we had to fly the morning, hire a car on Lanseria and drive the 2/3 odd hours to get to Oppikoppi. It wasn't a joke. We almost missed our flight and once we arrived at Lanseria, the car hiring company told us that they never received our deposit payment! Our road to Oppikoppi did not start as a smooth one, but eventually after a lot of admin we were on the road to dustville.

But with all great, memorable trips this one had a lot of wrong turns and judgements. Somewhere along the road both our phones died, we had no map and we were on the supreme highway towards Sun City. The sun was setting and we were getting more morbid as we realised that somewhere over a hill there was a big big party that we were missing more and more of. Eventually we decided to turn around. We found some “people that looked like they were on their way to Oppikoppi” and followed them. At last we arrived at the gates of Oppikoppi. It was late and we had no intention to set up camp in the dark (like we normally do at festivals). We parked the car in Boom Straat and opened our first beer. Standing there in the middle of nowhere with the sounds of some band playing in the distance felt kind of surreal. We were there. We arrived.

It all started at the gates that mark the entrance to the entertainment area of Oppikoppi and the beginning of our journey. We were as sober as two saints with two cans of beer in our hands when all of a sudden the crowd swallowed us in, made us stumble over a thorn bush and pushed us right in front of the mighty Wesley Dome Stage. Joh, how beautiful. We were in Oppikoppi's belly.

It was already 21h00 when we looked on our schedule and realised we missed half our planned gigs for the afternoon already and Gert Vlok Nel was about to play at the Rayban Top Bar Stage. Once there we made our way to the middle of the crowd. An older man with dusty feet in a pair of even dustier flip flops greeted us with “Do you guys actually like Gert's music”. We nodded. “What are you guys, like eighteen?” We laughed. THIS is what Oppikoppi is about, what I dreamt about: Old and young, eccentric and sane enjoying the same music. Dancing under the same stars. 

After a few of Gert's songs, we made a moerse trek up the other side of the koppi to the Red Bull Stage. We had no idea where we were going, but half-way up we realised that Taxi Violence was playing on the James Phillips Stage. We stopped and watched the rest of their set with a perfect view and great sound from where we were sitting on the koppi slopes. Front man George was giving his best. I felt proud watching the guys playing on Oppikoppi's 20th birthday stage, while they are celebrating their 10 years in the local music scene.

We never made it to the other side of the hill, as leading SA rockers Van Coke Kartel was busy setting up on the towering main stage. Unwritten rule number 10: Never miss Van Coke Kartel. The rockers gave the performance I hoped for, with frontman Francois giving the crowd all his energy and lead guitarist Jedd Kossew showing why he is one of SA's best. They are probably one of the few bands I would want to see 20 years on at Oppikoppi.

After Van Coke we were starting to feel a little jaded and went on a food hunt. Oppikoppi wins the prize for best festival food without a doubt. Seriously, I saw pizza's and biltong and panini's with jam and cheese and samoosa's and burgers and boerewors rolls like they were planning for the apocalypse! We each got something warm to push the alcohol a step back and moved along where Springbok Nude Girls were busy doing their thing in dresses on the James Phillips Stage. We kept an eye on them through taking bites of our festival food finds. I grew up with their music playing in our house, so I enjoyed this spectacle. They were an Oppikoppi favourite and drew a mix of old and young.

PHfat probably drew the biggest crowd on the Friday night. I was amazed at how all of a sudden they got everyone to jump, jump, jump – old ballies, hippies, jocks in onesies and everyone else. After a few songs we planned once again to go over the koppi to the Red Bull Stage, but the lights streaming over the steep hill just looked a little too far and the promise of a cold beer at the campsite seemed a little more attractive. So eventually we called it a night. And what a night it was...

Saturday miraculously brought no headaches, no painful backs, sore throats, upset stomachs or blurry memories. We got up with bodies as fresh as any flower and cracked open our first beers (like you do at festivals). We had a planned expedition up to the Ray Ban Top Bar Stage where Gary Herselman were to play at around 11am, but we missed that and instead made friends with the people next to us. After about an hour of campsite partying, we all decided to go see what Bandeleros was all about. We got ourselves a spot in the sun right in front of the James Phillips Stage and marvelled at this musical spectacle. They had everyone in a good mood – even the highly hungover dude with one plakkie peeked out from under his cap next to us. Thanks Bandeleros you guys get a big hats off for the coolest artist collaborations out of the whole weekend and for curing a lot of hangovers. 

During Bandeleros' set we got a bit dag dronk in the sun and decided to go get a dose of chilled music at the Rayban Top Bar Stage. Flint Meets Spark was on and they almost made me crash so chilled were their music, I even tried to entertain myself by playing with the masks that promoters handed to us to stop me from getting restless. At last the twosome lifted my spirit when they played a cool Florence and the Machine's cover and I could dance a little. Up next we had to stay for Miss Lucy Kruger and her band. Beautiful is she, the band and her music and bless them form playing at Oppikoppi for the first time, but we only stayed for half the set as drinks and stomachs were getting emptier. 


After some energy drink and a snack we eventually trekked to the Red Bull Stage where an apparent Apple Sawc was playing some beats. Now, I have to say this first: I can take a lot. I can sit in the sun and listen to deep house all day or mosh in the rain at a metal gig, but when you make an entire song about ass crack, I will never ever go watch your set again. Sorry, nice beats, but seriously brother...

Hugh Masekela was up at the James Phillips Stage and we planned to quickly take the camera back to the car before the performance, but like all “I'm just going to the tent” stories, we ended up having a few beers at the campsite, danced in the dust like true prawns and made some new, joburg friends. A few people stumbled passed and reminded us that we were actually there for the music and we decided to go back to the entertainment area.

Back to the music, Shortstraw drew a massive crowd and got everyone to dance a little. Personally I'm not a fan, but I know that Shortstraw's sound is very signature to a Saturday afternoon sunset at a festival and thereby reminding everyone that a major night is still lying in front of us.

It started with Aloe Blacc. "I'm the man..." He IS the man. Even though it is a little out of my music taste, this was one of my favourite performances of Oppikoppi. Excellent sound, lighting, talent from the whole band and Aloe's stage presence. We planned to go watch other bands, but then stayed for Aloe's whole performance.

Later aKing played a mixture of old and new material and the crowd loved it. They are festival veterans and I can hardly timagine how a big festival would be without these guys playing on Saturday afternoon/evening. After Francois van Coke did one song with front man Laudo and Snake's drum stick hit me solidly in the face (baha), we were ready to just sit for awhile. The sitting at Oom Sampie se winkel didn't last long, for Champions of the Sonarverse had started on the Bruilof Stage and we went closer to check it out. Their performance was quite entertaining and they had a medium sized crowd dancing to their almost animated performance. After a while, though, their visuals became a bit too much for me. The thought of Rival Sons on the James Phillips Stage sounded a lot better. And they did. Even though I stood right at the back, Jay Buchanan's vocals sounded as energetic as I hoped and of course those guitars... It's what I came here for...

After Rival Sons we waited for our second Wolfmother show in 2 days (they played at One Night in Cape Town on Thursday). It was the last of the last, but we were about to give our best since we had waited for that moment for months. And so it happened that I was so tired that for the first time I had to sit on my knees in the middle of the crowd during the middle of an international set, since my legs could not carry me anymore. It was well worth it, though. Frontman Andrew Stockdale and the rest of the band made their second show in South Africa even better, probably one of the most energetic performances of the whole Oppikoppi and staying (to get up) for Joker and a Thief eventually felt like the whole point of doing this, ending everything on a high note. 

So, Sunday morning Oppikoppi spat us out at the wrong side of the gates, tired, dirty and hungry, only to swallow us again next year. We packed up the memories we made and went home with heavy hearts. 

Thank you to Oppikoppi's organisers for making this the most comfortable festival regarding admin and media facilities. Thank you to the bands who gave us everything and more. Thank you to all the prawns who danced in the dark with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts. I salute you! Thank you, thank you.

A few more words on Oppikoppi:

Oppikoppi is a super abnormal weekend that will quite possibly change your life. You CAN survive Oppikoppi. Never hesitate to go: JUST DO IT!


In dust we trust...”
Amen.


*Photos of Wolfmother taken by Aidan Tobias:  http://www.aidantobias.com/
Other photos by Dirty Pink City: http://www.facebook.com/DirtyPinkCity
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Friday, 15 August 2014

HOLI JOBURG



Holi Festival of Colours World Tour 2014
Johannesburg 

Since it first launched in Germany in 2012, the acclaimed Holi Festival of Colours has become synonymous with unity, celebration, and, of course, colour. This year, the festival comes to South Africa, with a much-anticipated event taking stage in the heart of Johannesburg. 

South African festival-goers will have the chance to participate in one of the world’s largest, most colourful events. Taking place at Bidvest Wanderers Cricket Stadium, the Holi Festival of Colours fuses some of the top electronic dance music with a positive message of hope and inspiration.

Taking place on the day of the full moon of the Phaluga month, Holi is one of India’s most famous festivals. This Hindu event celebrates the start of spring; the triumph of good over bad and the unifying of people across all races, genders and ages. The western Holi Festival of Colours aims to bring the same message of hope, positivity and equality to millions of partygoers, with global events taking place across the world.

The 2014 Holi Festival of Colours World Tour takes place across many countries world-wide, including South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Accolades from previous event-goers range from euphemisms such as “indescribable”, to “peaceful”, “exalted” and “goose bumps”.

The South African event is expected to draw a huge following, as revellers prepare to unite under a cloud of multi-coloured paint powder from noon until late. Local and international music acts, a host of special features, top-of-the-line event planning, security, food and drink stalls and many other event highlights will also be par for the course over the duration of this full-day event.

Tickets start at R255. Packages and VIP tickets are also available, which include powder bags and other inclusive highlights.

For more information on the Holi Festival of Colour in Johannesburg, visit HERE.


TICKET GIVEAWAY!

We at DPC have 2 double tickets to giveaway to HOLI Festival of Colours Johannesburg!! Simply follow these steps:

1) Follow us on twitter @dirty_pink_city and like our facebook page (facebook.com/dirtypinkcity)

2) Tell us as much as you like on these two platforms why you want to go to HOLI! 

Winners to be announced on Sunday at 17h00.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Cape Town's One Night

Every year there's a lot of unhappy people in Cape Town. People that save money and plan road trips, but are eventually left with shattered dreams of what could have been an Oppikoppi weekend. They stay in icy Cape Town and dream of the sun, the beautiful people and the music... ahhh the music. Every year around this time, the guys from Hilltop Live bring a few international acts to Oppikoppi. And luckily they are so awesome that they put a little smile in our cold Capetonian hearts and give us One Night in Cape Town. A night where the international acts at Oppikoppi come to play right here on our doorstep.

I was very excited when I learned that One Night in Cape Town will be held at the Good Hope Centre this year. I couldn't remember what it looked like inside, since I haven't been there since I was like 4 years old. I knew that it was a bit of an odd venue to hold a rock concert in, but I was curious to see what it would look and sound like. The place was built in the 70's and after I entered the doors, I realised; quite possibly the ugliest venue in Cape Town. The inside reminded me a bit of my high school - large yellowish, cold hallways that echo when you speak and an even bigger hall with a grotesque ceiling that look a lot like a space ship. Nevertheless, I was still excited to see the night unfold in this awkward conference hall.

We arrived in the middle of Tatran's set. We stood against the barriers with no more than a few hundred people. No one seemed very interested. I have unfortunately never heard their music before and hoped that they would draw me in with their live set. But they left me a bit unimpressed. I left for the bar a few songs later. We stood at the smaller bar and could still hear the front-man loud and clear...

And that brings me to the next point: The sound. Ahh, so you attended a rock concert and it was a bit too loud. Mmmm I struggle to understand this. Okay maybe you were right infront of the monitors in the golden circle and this...tingled your ears a bit, but for the love of music, why did you not move back? We were against the barriers, just behind the golden circle and maybe my ears can take more noise than yours, but it all seemed fine. I was there for the bands - loud and in my face. Maybe we should ask ourselves; would the sound not have been better, were the venue actually full (just a thought Cape Town).





Shadowclub was up next and the venue filled up a bit. Now this band were really up there with the internationals! Yes, they are still our local band, but how clear is it now to all that we have talent of international standard? Bring on the the bookings for South African bands at international festivals and venues.

After Shadowclub we accidentally found the main bar and walked into some familiar faces. We had a drink or two and then rushed back for English post-punk band, The Editors. I'm not too sure what to think of this trio. I know they have big fans, but to me they are a bit monotonous. If I can't listen to them in my car and they don't impress me much with their live show, then there's not much left now, is there? Nonetheless, I stayed and listened for awhile. I appreciated the fans - some knew every word. But nah, there's something about a band with an 80's sound...





Then it was time for Australian rock outfit Wolfmother. It looked like 80% of the people were there for this trio. From where I stood, I could only see vocalist Andrew Stockdale's hair bouncing around on stage, but they sounded just like I hoped they would - Loud and raw with a certain old soul rock n' roll feel. The crowd loved them and as I looked around me, everyone seemed to just take in the music. Obviously well-known songs like Woman and Joker and a Thief were big crowd favourites, fans jumped and screamed and I felt content that Hilltop Live got this one right.




There was much talk after the event about the choice of venue. When it comes to international acts, I always find it hard to complain and find fault around events, because I am so focused on these great names that visit our country, but I do agree that the Good Hope Centre is possibly one of the worst venues in Cape Town to hold a live music event. BUT it is also one of the ONLY venues in Cape Town open to these events. Remember a few things: 1) It's Winter (and my goodness was it cold that night) 2) it was a big crowd (so count any club venues out), but also not big enough for a place like the Bellville Velodrome.

Despite the venue and the sound and whatever else people were unhappy about, the promotors gave the crowd a night filled with talent and a lot of rock n' roll. I mean at just R250 a ticket and 4 bands, we should be grateful we have people out there that do this for the fans. On the other hand, people will always find something to hate on...

Thanks Hilltop Live and One Night in Cape Town for giving me an interesting night, introducing me to 3 international bands and one awesome local act. I look forward to next year!

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