Every September the Voortrekker Monument overlooking the Capital is host to the biggest celebration for the arrival of spring. In anticipation of the city being transformed in a sweltering urban metropolis littered with purple Jacaranda blossoms, Jack Daniels in association with Park Acoustics bring an event filled with day drinking, musical entertainment and the unforgiving Pretoria sunshine. The World of Park Acoustics, fittingly named so, transformed the picnic area of the Voortrekker Monument into a realm consisting four stages, a mini market and art expo all overlooking Pretoria CBD.
The day kicked off with Cape Town band Beach Party on the main stage and although the beach was nowhere near, the beachy surfer vibes of the band were the perfect start to spring bringing with it the promise of fast approaching pool parties and debauchers summer memories. The bands infectious surf pop got were exactly what was needed to start getting people moving and those sitting in front of the stage quickly realised the fault in their choice. The surf rock didn’t stop with Beach Party as The Moths and instrumental surfer rock trio and the surprise act The Dollfins ensured that the sea-side vibes continued up at the carnival stage.
The next acts on the main stage were The Plastics and Matthew Mole consecutively which ensured the steady growth of people braving their way through the sea of picnic blankets as they made their way to the stage. The familiarity of the two popular local acts was followed by Lebanese rock band The Wanton Bishops. The bands old school blues rock and roll sound accompanied by impressive harmonica skills and husky vocals took the crowd down a journey to the roots of rock and roll.
Things at the main stage ended with headliners Bittereinders who began their set sporting futuristic space helmets giving visual appeal to the already unique act. Anyone who has ever watched Bittereinder live can testify to the fact that the bands live performance is guaranteed to get you to “bons”. The trio, who had just released their new album, SKERM, prove to be a constantly monumental act exciting fans equally with old and new material.
Leaving straight after the closing of the main stage would have definitely been a poor decision considering the comedy and electro entertainment which kicked off in full swing. While electro swing pioneer got things started at the Electro Stage, comedians Christohper Steenkamp, Warren Robertson and Malcolm Ferreira had the crowd at the Carnival Stage in stitches. Following Michael Lesar at the Electro Stage were chuckle-some duo The Kiffness, French producer Jerry Bouthier and the evening ended off with the electro gypsy swing of Toby2Shoes.
The Spring Edition of Park Acoustics is always a much enjoyed welcome to the return of summer and despite the sneaky sunburn and over-intoxication, the day is filled with the best musical experiences and an all-round great party. With one of the biggest arrays of genres for a day festival and an over-abundance of other welcomed distractions, Park Acoustics caters for everyone. As the weather begins to get hotter there is no doubt that we will have some massive Park Acoustic events to look forward to in the next summer months.
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