George Ezra rocked Cape Town
Elle and I rocked up to the Durbanville Racecourse early on Saturday morning, not knowing what the vibes would be like, but it turned out to be a super rad event! What the Ben Howard in Cape Town concert should have been like. Read about the Ben Howard gig here.
The Durbanville Racecourse was probably the perfect venue for the George Ezra concert. I found it a bit weird that most of the main gig area was covered by a giant tent, but the weather did look like it was taking a turn for the worst, so I'm glad that the organizers had the sense to put it up just in case of rain. Which we often get randomly here in Cape Town.
The concert felt like a music festival (I love it when organizers add on awesome local talent to an international act and make a day of it), filled with food trucks, some quite good and some meh. There were also plenty of beer tent areas to keep people hydrated, Caste Lite was one of the sponsors and had a lot of free Castle Lite Lime for tasting. I myself love real beer, like Black Label, but this was actually quite good. I can picture myself sipping on cases of the stuff during a hot summers day on Clifton beach.
Elle and I made some new friends at the Beer tent, who are writers for What's On & are rad people. We had random conversations about small town living, how awesome the bands were and how cool George Ezra's talking voice is.
The Line up was so rad, with some of South Africas best up & comping artists.
It was the first time hearing Bongeziwe Mabandla but he impressed! His music is smooth, up beat and just awesome. Did I mention that we met him while waiting in line for a pulled pork sandwich, and he is such a rad dude. Go check him out and support him on his Facebook page.
Next up, was Hot Water, who are one of my top live acts to watch! I've seen them a number of times and every time they just rock out the crowd. If I had to say to a foreigner, to listen to one band, it would be these guys! They're everything that's awesome about South Africa. Not to mention, they really know how to perform! The lead singer appeared from the crowd and climbed the fence and jumped into this pits! Crazy awesome man!
I don't think Beatenberg need any introduction. They've been rocking the local music charts and rocking out all the music festivals recently. They are one of my favourite bands to listen to, but I must say, that their sound is just so chilled, that I'm not sure if I like jamming to them live. Nonetheless, they gave a stellar performance.
I loved George Ezra, from the first time I heard Budapest, and the rest of his songs are all well put together. He gave a super performance, one of the best I've seen. He is such a nice guy and really interacts with the crowd, playing all of his hits. I always thought that George Ezra just had a deep singing voice, but he actually speaks like that too. I couldn't get enough of him talking.
A good day was had by all
All in all, I think everyone had a brilliant time, the event was a day event and I saw a mixed crowd: children, grannies, families and so on. I think that's the beauty of George Ezra's music, it appeals to people of all ages and from different walks of life.
I just want to say well done to Seed Experiences and all the people involved for organizing such an awesome event. You guys nailed this one! I'm looking forward to the next one.