A Song To Make Love To

This cover turns me on more than i can describe. I honestly believe that Ellie Goulding is my Spirit Animal! Here, she does a sort of sensual vaguely jazz parlour-esque cover of Alt-J’s Tesselate.

Alt-J are coming to South Africa this year, more specifically (and importantly) to ROCKING THE FREAKING DAISIES! I could not have chosen a better place to see them live! *SQUEEEEEEEEE*

CLICK HERE TO BUY ROCKING THE DAISIES TICKETS

The Galileo – Competition

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It’s a scene i’ve often seen in movies – people camped out on picnic blankets with glasses of wine and awesome food spreads, watching an awesome movie on a screen under the stars at some amazing venue. There’s something about watching a movie under the stars that just makes it a little more special.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema, has brought the concept to Cape Town, and with great success. They’ve used one of the most spectacular natural backdrops we have in our beautiful city – Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Running once a week (usually on Wednesday evenings), from November to April, The Galileo brings you a diversity of film genres in its magical open air setting:

1st week of the month: Documentaries

2nd week of the month: Best Foreign

3rd week of the month: Adventure Sports

4th week of the month: All-Time Classics

Gain free access into Kirstenbosch Gardens (Gate 2) from 6pm on presentation of your movie ticket and enter the Marquee Lawn area where movies are shown. They have a great selection of local food vendors, who offer everything from sandwiches to salads, pies and paellas, there is something for everyone.

You are, of course, welcome to bring your own food and drinks, as well as blankets (which i would recommend having a multitude of, as it’s getting quite cold in the evenings). You can also “rent” blankets and chairs at the venue, which saves you schlepping yours from the car 😉

NOW, this brings me to this Wednesday’s movie: LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS! I am too freaking excited!

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WIN!
All right, son: roll them guns up, count the money, and put your seat belt on! If you would like to win 2 x tickets to the screening of this Wednesday’s showing of Lock Stock, all you have to do is the following:
Step 1: Make sure you are following @Galileo_Cinema
Step 2: Tweet the following –
WIN tickets to see Lock, Stock & two smoking barrels at @Galileo_Cinema this Wed. Details here: wp.me/p17Wkg-PQ via @StephanieBe
Next Wednesday’s film is: Searching For Sugarman, and tickets are already on sale! 
For more information on Galileo, and to buy tickets:

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WIN! A Signed Bafana Bafana Jersey & 5 Tickets!

Bafana Bafana v Central African Republic, this Saturday, 23 March 2013 at Cape Town Stadium!

Ajax v Sundowns @ Cape Town Stadium - Pic taken by Stephanie Be

Ajax v Sundowns @ Cape Town Stadium – Pic taken by Stephanie Be

This game marks 2013’s first step towards *HOPEFULLY* qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil next year. The tickets are between R50 and R100, and are available at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers stores (as well as the Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information centers).

In January Cape Town hosted Bafana Bafana when they took on Norway in an international friendly as part of their African Cup of Nations preparations. I couldn’t make that game, because i was in the UK, but most of my friends went and they had a blast! The vibe was the closest it has gotten to the World Cup – and it’s sure to be repeated this weekend too!

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To get you excited i have a pretty freaking awesome prize to give away, courtesy of the good guys at Absa! A signed Bafana Bafana jersey (signed by the ENTIRE team) as well as 5… yes, FIVE tickets to give away to one lucky mother f… ahem… person!

This is what you have to tweet to enter:

Win a signed #Bafana jersey & 5 tickets to the game at Cape Town Stadium this Sat with @Absa & @StephanieBe! Details http://bit.ly/ZcQoOe

Ts&Cs:

  • Tweet the above tweet, exactly, to qualify.
  • Winners need to be able to collect their prize from the SABC Building in Sea Point on Friday after 6pm or Saturday before the game starts.
  • You will need to provide a form of identification on collection of the prize.
  • Competition closes on Fri at 13:00.
  • Results are final.

RAMfest Cape Town – Competition!

It’s been a couple of weeks of FREAKING SICK events in Cape Town, we really are so blessed! It isn’t anywhere near done yet… RAMfest, South Africa`s only Touring Festival kicks off at Riviersonderend, Cape Town this coming weekend!

Permission to squeal! *EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

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RAMfest Cape Town will be held at Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend from 7 – 10 March. For those that can be there on Thursday night, the BOOM! stage will kick start the weekend.

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For details of the other cities (Johannesburg, Durban and PE) and the full line-up times go to www.ramfest.co.za.

TIME TO WIN!

I have 2 SINGLE full-weekend camping tickets to give to 2 lucky people! Here’s how to enter: 

Step 1:

Make sure you’re following @RAMfest on Twitter, and have liked their Facebook page.

Step 2:

Tweet – WIN a full weekend ticket & camping pass to @RAMfest Cape Town with @StephanieBe, here’s how: http://bit.ly/Y8DtfS

AND/OR

Comment – Simply comment on this post, and tell me which band/artist you are most looking forward to seeing.

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*I’m going to give 1 ticket to a Twitter entrant, and the other to someone who comments on this post.

For All Things Holi…

This weekend South Africa’s most beautiful city, Cape Town, took the idea of a Rainbow Nation to a whole new level…

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CREDIT: JOE CRANN @YesWeCrann

Steph (@StephanieBe) told me about the Holi One festival months ago, and after looking at pictures of what it could possibly look like, I was hooked right in. However, with me being the forgetful Yorkshireman that I am, I buggered up and forgot to buy a ticket, it was only the day before, thanks to Dylan, or @MrCPT as you may know him, that I got sorted out.

The colours, the vibe, the sheer idea of the event had me wishing away the months hoping for the event to arrive early from the moment Steph brought it to my attention, and boy, when the time came for us to get involved it certainly delivered.

I’m not sure that there any backdrops in the world as beautiful as Table Mountain. Add to that 100s, maybe 1000s, of smiling Capetonians dressed in their all white PEP specials, a beautiful sunny day and impeccable organisation, it gives you a winning combination.

As Steph and I walked in it took around 37 seconds before a complete random took it upon themselves to don us in our first colour, orange if I remember rightly, and within the hour we looked like Elmer the Elephant.

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The event, MC’d by the ever charming Peter Sserwanga, is inspired by India’s original Holi, a celebration of the coming of spring, which sees its participants layer themselves with 10-tonne of coloured powder and basically just let their inhibitions bugger off. If any of you have been lucky to watch the first season of Idiot Abroad then you’ll have had the pleasure of watching Karl Pilkington take part in one of India’s Holis. The one in Cape Town was a bit like that, just with more drink and less clothes.

The music was great, the drinks reasonably priced and the people happy, it all made for a great day out. In all seriousness I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like it in my life, and I’ve done my fair share of travelling. On the hour, every hour, each person involved grabs a handful of a coloured powder of their choice and lobs it up into the air.

CREDIT: Steph B @StephanieBe

CREDIT: Steph B @StephanieBe

If you’re on the inside it engulfs you like a sandstorm, a ridiculously colourful sandstorm. If you’re not careful it also manages to get in your drinks, your mouth and any other crevice that you may have unfortunate enough to have left open at the wrong time…

If you’re on the outside however, it’s far more beautiful. The view goes from nothing, to a flurry of coloured patches, to your whole field of vision being engulfed by tiny particles of rainbow as the many different powders merge into one in mid-air. They linger there for a while and then disappear, either dropping back to earth or floating off elsewhere.

The beauty and originality of the event was one thing, but for me, and maybe even more impressive, was the fact that it’s been a long time since I’ve been somewhere in Cape Town where so many people seemed so at peace with each other.

If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure how well the festival would go down in the Mother City. Usually, if a random who’s not known to a certain ‘clique’, pelted someone with enough blue powder to make them look like Papa Smurf, I think they’d probably be in a bit of bother. However, this weekend nobody seemed to care. People were sharing out their different colours, planting handprints on boobs, bums and other body parts and just letting loose as they revelled in what could possibly be a once in a lifetime gig for many of them.

There was even a pregnant woman there, who was apparently due in about three days time, and honestly, she looked as though she may well have ended up giving birth to a very confused, multi-coloured baby. I’m not sure her doctors would have approved…

Steph and I got home having wandered the streets of Cape Town looking like we’d been dressed by a survivor of Woodstock Music Festival and dove into the shower to see if any lasting damage had been done to our skin. Luckily it does all wash off, although the water that comes off you is a similar colour to the Green Lantern’s suit and you have to wash your hair around 476 times in order to make sure that you don’t resemble Jeff Hardy.

One last thing. There was an awesome mix of people there. Folks of all ages, shapes, races and religions, and do you know what? When you’re covered head to toe in every colour under the sun, everyone looks the same.

It’s another big middle finger to those cretins out there that still believe that race is an issue. If you cover us all in cornflour we’re all pretty damn similar.

It was amazing, you couldn’t see white people, you couldn’t see black people, you couldn’t even tell that I was the pale Englishman who has failed to pick up any form of tan yet. Actually, come to think about it, everyone was coloured…

– Joe Crann @YesWeCrann

CREDIT: JOE CRANN @YesWeCrann

CREDIT: JOE CRANN @YesWeCrann

Holi ONE Comes To Cape Town

KEEP an eye out for a competition coming to a blog near you! And by “a blog near you” i mean this blog. 

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Seriously, though… how amazing does this look?

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The Holi One festival is a series of open-air festivals that use eco-friendly, safe, coloured powders, thrown in the air to express freedom and the colour of everyday life.

The SA festival is not linked with the religious aspects of the original festival from India, but shares the same values. All festival-goers wear white and end up covered in crazy colour.
This is the first time this festival will take place in Africa!
LINE UP:
12pm: Sadhu Sensi
1pm: DJ Mighty
2pm: Richard the Third
3pm: Ma’original
4pm: Kid Fonque
5pm: Super Flu (Germany)
6pm: Toby2shoes
7pm: GoodLuck
8pm: Mix n Blend
9pm: Niskerone
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TICKETS:

Available online from Webtickets:

General Admission R190

General Admission incl powder (5 colours) R290

PLEASE NOTE – powder and a whole lot of other stuff will be sold at the event!

Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.51.25 PMHoli One is for over 18s only. Even if accompanied by an adult, there will still be no under 18s admitted into the event.

RAMfest 2013

Three international bands are to headline at RAMfest this year; Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, as well as Paul Harding and Ben Verse from Pendulum. Unlike any other festival in South Africa, RAMfest takes their glorious music festival to Cape Town, Joburg, PE and Durban!

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Rise Against and Bring Me The Horizon’s performances include Ramfest Cape Town, Joburg and Durban, and Pendulum DJ Set and Verse will be performing in all four cities. There are two different concerts in Durban, so make sure that you know the exact line-up before you purchase your ticket. The internationals, except for Pendulum DJ Set and Verse, will not be performing in PE.

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Michael Ellis Photography – RAMfest 2012

Because i’m Capetonian, and i’m a little biased, the Cape Town leg of the tour is going to be AMAZING! It’s being held at “Circle Of Dreams” in Riviersonderend. How could you go wrong hosting an event at a place with that name?! All the info you could possibly need about the Cape Town festival is here: Cape Town

Circle Of Dreams, Riviersonderend

Circle Of Dreams, Riviersonderend

There are still tickets available, so get cracking!

Ticket prices:
• Cape Town: R550 pre-sold, R650 at the gate.
• Joburg: R550 pre-sold, R650 at the gate.
• Durban, 15 March: R350 pre-sold, R450 at the gate.
• Durban, 8 March: R150 presales and R100 early bird.
• PE: R150 presales and R100 early bird.

Ticket sales:
• Tickets at www.ticketbreak.co.za/ramfest
• Cape Town: www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1468
• Joburg: www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1467
• Durban Wavehouse: www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1506
• Durban: www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1584
• Port Elizabeth: www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1529

Social Media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ramfest
Twitter: @ramfest
Website: www.ramfest.co.za

PS: Keep an eye out on my blog this coming week – i may have a few tickets to give away 😉 I lie, i definitely do have tickets to give away… i was just trying to sound all mysterious.