“After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout. We’re gonna cause talk and suspicion..… Let it all hangout.” Holly molly can someone please read JJ Cale a bedtime story, we’re letting it all hang out way before midnight for three days straight. So pal, do get your health insurance to cover ailments resulting from hyper excessive headbanging. Southern Pulse artist lineup for Sweet /Thing Oppikoopi guarantees your neck will be broken.
We’ve all once in our festival escapades missed out seeing the coolest acts perform. That sure is one hell of a bummer. Here at Southern Pulse we’re all about getting you to enjoy the sweet things in life without breaking a sweat. As a result this post will be the ultimate guide: with schedule times and stage names to all Southern Pulse artists confirmed for Oppikoppi Sweet/Thing. The guide is in three parts, so without any further shenanigans off to Day Uno.
It’s a little past midday,had your tent and survival gear all setup.Those good for nothing mates of yours running on African time are yet to arrive up. No need getting sulky and all blue, we’ve got a blues-rock band to do that for you. Aidan Martin with his band will tune you up and make you shake like Bo Diddley. The blues-rock trio comprising of Aidan Martin on guitars, mandolin and vocals, David Georgiades on drums and Benjamin Georgiades on bass guitar will be all you’ll be needing for the afternoon. Aidan Martin will be up on the Bruilof Stage at 13:00 letting it all hangout.
Ambient rays of the sun come beaming through the hills. A howling wolf awakes at twilight.In the shadows of a Stellenbosch vineyard lurks a hairy, gleaming-eyed monster called Spoegwolf (Spitting Wolf). The monster, seeking world domination, isn’t scary at all - unless, of course, you’re piss terrified of Afrikaans folk-rock. Spoegwolf consists of Danie du Toit on lead vocals and guitar, Chris von Wielligh on guitar and vocals, Albert van der Merwe on bass and vocals and Moskou du Toit on drums and vocals. At 17:00 on the Bruilof stage, Spoegwolf’s debut performance at Oppikoppi will take place. Have you ever witnessed wolves spitting folk tunes? Its an amazing sight that you can not forfeit.
Now taking you on a trip through Mississippi via the Balkans then to the land of rock with Joshua Grierson. The one-man folk/blues/alt-country/rock incarnation is quickly emerging as the performer to lookout for this year. He takes a modest array of acoustic influences (think Dylan, Springsteen, Ryan Adams…), adds a truckload of emotion, and then silently ferrets whole audiences away before they realize where they’ve got to. The most stirring performer in Cape Town will be taking the Kleia stage at 18:00.
They’re modern day storytellers, representing life through music in its most honest form like no man’s business. The Black Cat Bones this year will be presenting their new album,‘The Long Drive’. The album combines both the timeless energetic blues-rock sound of the band with a new, mature and innovative approach to their music. The boys from Silverton Swamps will be getting on James Phillips Stage at 18:00 doing the only thing they know how to do best.
Super skinny jeans, full sleeve tattoos, rampant tequila shots, crazy jam sessions, rad music videos, Sweet Voodoo to Delusions Of Grandeur, SGQ is TNT (They’re Not Tamable). The blues- rockers have being on a musical rampage for a decade; that calls for a massive throwdown. SGQ will be kicking off their 10-Year Celebration Tour at Sweet/Thing featuring special guest artists: Tamara Dey, Albert Frost, Shadowclub, The Black Cat Bones, Tidal Waves, David van Vuuren, Shotgun Tori, Jared Gunston (Chromium), Ampie Omo (BOO), Big Willy (Fuzigish), Franco Jamnek (Hoot n Anny), Justin Kruger & Conrad Jamnek! Catch the start of SGQ 10-Year Celebration Tour at the main stage, 19:00 prompt.
Tidal Waves will be skanking with us once more. Taking cues from music popular in townships and blending it into their own. They turn the Zulu-inspired mbaqanga, with the sparkling guitar licks and rich harmonies made popular worldwide by artists like Miriam Makeba, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, into catchy reggae tracks. Breedren, if you’re seeking original irie vibes drop by the Main stage at 21:00.
Grab some pilsner gather the lads and lassies, make your way through to Skelem Stage, do get there before 22:00; Germans hate waiting. Berlin’s Knorkator are an enigmatic and extraordinary band that masterfully and exquisitely combines mischievous antagonistic hardcore metal with subtle classical elements. Their live performances are legendary, bizarre roller coasters with a colorful motley crew of styles: walking a tightrope between swearing and gentle prose on one side and on the other solemn delusions of grandeur and infantile idiocy. The fully tattooed bald man and his two band mates will be spazzing out on the Skelem stage at exactly 22:00. Seriously, you don’t want to miss Knorkator.
Having had a blast with metal jacket Duitsers its time to rub shoulders with ons locals.
With Dave playing trumpet, keys and synth, Mvelo on bass and Mike laying down the beats on his electronic drumkit the trio just did you favor, no need looking up the meaning of the word kniff. The Kiffness will have you have you headbanging, doing the running man and even attempting some African pantsula with their mixture of vibrant “choons. Catch the Kiffness live in action at 23:00 on Bruilof stage.
Absolutely no man is allowed to lurk in the shadow of great blues men, unless you’re a member of the club. A lot has changed since 2007, the year Shadowclub appeared on the radar as Joburg’s blues men. Having recoded ‘Guns and Money’ in just 9 days, Shadowclub will be performing tracks off their new album at Sweet/Thing. The feel-good rockers will be make you shake your hips so hard King Presley might resurrect in envy. The boys will be on the Main stage at 23:00, catch them if can.
There you have it; that’s the first installment to the three-piece Sweet/Thing Southern Pulse guide. Keep stalking our blog for the second installment. Until then, enjoy tracks from the above-mentioned artists. So long for now.
By Dennis Acquaye