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#JoziOnFire – The Biggest One Yet ft Bye Beneco and ShortStraw


Written by Roy Bouwer (@Roy_booy)

Photos by Bianca Strydom (@_ThatBianca_)


We all need a little motivation to get through the week from time to time and there is no better way to do this than by drinking with friends while watching some awesome bands. One Wednesday a month we are lucky enough to have Cape Townian Tecla from Texx and the City in association with Ray-Ban and El-Jimador Tequila bringing Jozi on Fire to Greenside. With Awesome people, tequila specials and only the finest in local talent Jozi on Fire is a great way to spend your Wednesday nights. The June edition of Jozi on Fire featured Indie bands Bye Beneco and Shortstraw and had a great turn out filling Green Way Street with music lovers young and old keen to have a good time and show their dedication to local bands.

Bye Beneco was first to take to the glorious glass box stage of Open room Productions. Bye Beneco from Jo’burg are a young Jo’burg band which have recently emerged gaining support for their dreamy bluesy indie. The Bands haunting vocals accompanied by gentle and sweet sounding guitars produce a bewitching and appealing sound. The band displays influences from various genres to form a beautiful brew of unique and exciting music. The bands chemistry and effortlessness of their performance create a day dreamy and ambient spectacle which set the pleasing wistful atmosphere.


Bye Beneco - photo by Bianca Strydom
Bye Beneco – photo by Bianca Strydom


The main attraction for the night was Shortstraw, the local band who have recently gained a mass following all around South Africa with the release of their second studio album Good Morning Sunshine. Shortstraw fans will know that their live shows are usually in packed clubs with a very loud and excited crowd so the change to a more chilled vibe playing to the streets of Greenside was just as pleasing and entertaining as their full intensity live shows. The band’s clever and humorous lyrics had the street singing along and their popular indie style got the crowd out of their seats dancing and enjoying the bands loveable music.


ShortStraw - photo by Bianca Strydom
ShortStraw – photo by Bianca Strydom


Jozi on Fire is definitely a mid week party which is worth the Thursday hangover at work. The awesome music, cool vibe and rad venue make for a jolly good party.





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