Jimmy Kimmel decided to do a social experiment at the Coachella 2013, and ask people what they thought of a few different bands. The only catch was, none of the bands they asked about were real…
The weekend before last, I was lucky enough to head through to one of South Africa’s most awesomest music festivals, RAMfest, and not only was the vibe amazing and the bands brilliant, but there were Sheffielders there too!
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Stephanie Be’s lucky boyfriend. I also happen to be a legal alien in Mzansi having moved here from Sheffield, England, in 2011. While it’s not that rare for me to hear an English accent now and again, something that doesn’t happen often is to hear the familiar Yorkshire twang with which I was brought up. It’s music to my ears.
After a hectic Saturday morning of Steph being on air and me trying to get my arse in gear we finally made it through to RAMfest with no hassles. It was a nice drive and there was no queue to get in. Beautiful. I spent the first couple of hours there monitoring the Soweto Derby. With that it was time to get my festival on!
We bumped into the lovely Rick from Facing the Gallows, who had performed on the Metal stage the night before. I went for a wander with him and his girlfriend while my other half got some work done.
Look, when it comes to be music my taste is rather eclectic. With the music on my iPod I have the capabilities to please everyone from a 12-year-old boy to a 120-year-old grandma, it’s pretty all over the place, but I’m an indie kid at heart. I love my Arctic Monkeys, my Strokes, my Kooks, that’s my cup of tea. Although, I’m always open to new stuff. A few years back drum ‘n’ bass caught my attention and I fell in love, the same thing happened when dubstep dropped onto the scene with force.
I’ve never been a fan of metal music though. While I understand that fans of the genre are fanatical and that to be in a metal band takes some serious talent, it’s just never tickled my eardrums. That was until this weekend. Rick and Indiana took me to see some of the metal bands that were on offer and, while I won’t say that I fell in love with it, I certainly found a new appreciation. Then it was time for Bring Me The Horizon. The boys from Sheffield that I’d been waiting to see. The band whose music I wasn’t completely sold on but was excited to see live, again.
I saw BMTH in Brisbane, Australia, also on a random occurrence in a scenario that came about by chance. On that occasion I ended up with my pants around my ankles, above the stage, with one hand around my John Thomas and the other raised in jubilation, but that’s another story.
This time it was Steph and I. This time we were in the crowd. This time they properly put on a show. Oli Sykes, the lead singer of BMTH, is a Sheffield lad born and bred. He talks like me, his attitude is similar to mine and it just felt lovely and homely. There I was, 14,000 kilometres from home, with my South African girlfriend, listening to a voice saying, “Ahh, you’re a reight good crowd you lot.” It’s a small world innit?
Bring Me were awesome. They were flawless, Oli’s voice was unfaltering and his interaction with the crowd rallied them into a frenzy. It was an incredible site to behold, especially when they formed what seemed to be a black hole sized circle pit after Blessed With A Curse.
Anyway, from then things took a turn for the worse. Steph rolled her ankle and was put out of action for a little while. We’d later find out that her ankle had taken on the circumference of a tennis ball, however she soldiered on like a proper trooper. We watched Sibot from the VIP stand at the electronic tent. Jeez, can that guy play or what?! He was awesome, again, and it’s really good to see him finally getting the kudos that he deserves.
Then it was time for Pendulum. I’ve seen them before, twice actually, and they’d been impeccable both times. On this occasion it was slightly different as it was just a DJ set and not the full band, but still, what a show. The first time I was Pendulum live was in Sheffield, in a little venue called the 02 Academy, they were awesome, then I saw them at Leeds Festival and they were incredible, full band and all.
Funny, people have been raving about Swedish House Mafia, about how awesome they were. Since seeing them I’ve watched Skrillex and Pendulum, both in 2013.
Best electronic act I’ve ever seen? SHM aren’t even the best electronic act I’ve seen in 2013…
- Joe Crann
I was NOT expecting that voice to come out of that body. Wow. Pretty much speechless! This flaming Ginger covers Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Get It On”.
Maybe you should close your eyes when you watch this?
Lonely Island have done it again… And by “it” i mean make another song that pokes fun at people in the funniest way. I’m a massive Lonely Island fan, but this latest track featuring Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Kendrick Lamar isn’t nearly as funny as “Creep ft Nicki Minaj” or the classic “I’m On A Boat ft T.I”.
Swedish Singer Karin Park performs Justin Bieber’s As Long As You Love Me in a super creepy dark, but beautiful, version.
Hitting all the wrong notes in the best possible way. Killer Karaoke features contestants challenged to perform their favorite songs in extreme and outrageous circumstances, and to make it better – it’s hosted by Jackass’s own Steve-O. The thing is, all of these people can actually sing really well, but whether they make it through the song is up to how much they can’t stand what is going on around them or happening to them.
This is one of my favourite clips from the show:
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“FATTY BOOM BOOM is a bright and colourful African adventure, complete with wild animals, zef savages singing and dancing in the streets, and a special guest appearance by a sneaky little prawn star.” – Die Antwoord’s Youtube site
If you follow me on Twitter, you will have noticed my ceaseless, and seemingly hopeless, quest to get my better half a ticket to 49M Rocking The Daisies. I hate begging, but i feel like that’s all i’ve been doing for the past few weeks or so. I think i entered every single RTD competition out there. I’ve given away so many prizes in my lifetime… both on air, at MC gigs, on this blog, etc… but i am yet to win anything. I always seem to have to try and hustle my way into everything. They should rename Cape Town, “Hustle City”.
Anyhoo, for those of you that are SUPER amped for RTD… here is everything you need to know ahead of the festival.
MAPS MAPS MAPS MAPS (sung to the tune of SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS…) I would suggest taking a snap of this here map on your cellphone so you can refer back to it during RTD. It’s also nicely coloured in and drawn for kids… so even your drunken ass should be able to decipher it mid trip
I’m a Virgin Daisy-ite… HOW THE EFF DO I GET THERE?! Have no fear, here are the directions from Cape Town:
Take N7 to Malmesbury and follow the signs to Darling. Turn left off main road, after brief double-back; turn right at T-junction (onto R315). Cross one railway line and after about 10km you’ll cross a 2nd railway line. Immediately after this, on the left, is Darling Cellars. Turn left in front of Darling Cellars, following signs to Cloof Wine Estate along the dirt road.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE MAJOR ROADWORKS ON ROUTE TO THE FESTIVAL, SO EXPECT DELAYS OR TAKE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE INSTEAD.
Take the R27 towards Atlantis. Following signs to Atlantis, take the Dassenberg Road to the right. Continue past Atlantis industrial, until you reach a T-Junction with the R304. Turn left towards Mamre. Continue past Mamre, until you reach the Malmesbury Road (R315) and turn right. Continue until you reach Darling Cellars and turn right before the railway tracks onto dirt. Follow the signs to Cloof Wine Estate for 6km.
Or just use your Maps App on your phone… unless you upgraded to iOS6, in which case, you might end up at Oppikoppi.
FOR ALL UPDATES AND REGULAR INTERACTIONS AND LINE- UP TIMES:
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Shit you CAN bring:
Rubbish Bags, Gas Cooker/ Cooking Utensils, Festival Ticket, ID Document / Drivers Licence, Money, Raincoat / Umbrella, Sleeping Bag / Warm Clothing, Sunglasses / Suntan Lotion, Swimming Costume, Tent / Shelter, Toiletries / Torch / Towel / Wellington Boots.
Shit you CAN’T bring:
No Fires, No Illegal Substances, No Firearms, No Weapons, No Glass, No Glass Bottles, No Picking Of Flowers, No Litter, No Attitude.
And if you happen to know of someone selling a VIP ticket, or maybe a SAT/SUN ticket, please tweet me! Ta! @StephanieBe
For those of you that don’t know, i’m a radio presenter on Good Hope FM and i can now officially tell the world that i’m starting 2 new shows as of this weekend, one of which is Nightfunk with DJ Mixi!
I leave the Weekend Breakfast family to join one of my all time bestest friends. Not many people honestly LOVE what they do, and even fewer get to work with their closest friends. I’m lucky like that
I join DJ Mixi every Friday night between 10pm-2am on Nightfunk… our mission is to bring some of the hottest dance music to you and your ears. Mixi and i have very different likes and dislikes; drinks, music and even men, which is what makes this show so special. No matter what genre of partooza moozic gets you in the mood, we’ve got it covered! Mixi has always leaned a little towards good solid house and tribal beats, and she loves a good RnB tune… whereas, in terms of dance music, i lean more towards the Electro, Dubstep, Drum n Bass vibes… However, we both agree that Trance music is some SICK SHIT! The good kind
If you’re a regular Nightfunk listener, you’ll notice a couple of changes. There will be an International DJ featured every Friday, guys like; Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris and Afrojack. The Dance Music Chart is also a new addition to the show… between 10pm-11pm we’ll be counting down some of the best dance music, across all genres, from across the globe
So, do me a solid, tune in this Friday and let us know what you think. If you aren’t in the most beautiful city in the world (Cape Town), then you can audiostream here: www.goodhopefm.co.za :}
Back in May, Glasgow trio Chvrches caused a stir with their debut single Lies. A rollicking electro-throb of a song, it features singer Lauren Mayberry being bashed about by a synth riff the size of a house. Its delirious three and a half minutes left fans excited about what was coming next. Well, what’s next is the slightly softer The Mother We Share, which tempers the monster synth riffs in favour of twinkling keyboards, padded drum claps and a central lyric that lends the whole thing a slightly melancholic edge (“and the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from thawing”). Bring on the next single.
- via guardian.co.uk
Glasgow has produced a good many famous musicians/bands over the years; Wet Wet Wet, Belle & Sebastien, Texas, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Travis… as well as one of my favourite bands, ever, Glasvegas.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with Glasvegas, take a listen: