Lady Loren heads into the moshpit and dance floors of Ramfest 2012:
Infected Mushroom, In Flames, The Narrow, Pestroy, AWOLnation, Fokofpolisiekar, Chromium, Shadowclub and Newtown Knife Gangâ€¦put them all together and you get a music fan’s wet dream come true!
March 10 found me at Riversands farm, a venue with a perfect backdrop for the one of the top concerts in South Africa! There was a metal stage, an electonica stage, adequate ablution facilities, plenty of food stalls to keep the munchies at bay, stunt riders providing an injection of adrenaline, and well stocked beer tents to ensure that all festival-goers would be properly hydrated. Add the kick arse line-up and it was bound to be a day to be remembered.
However, unless you were going strictly for the music, the market/festival aspect needs to offer more. The sweltering heat and serious lack of shady areas was a challenge but the beer tent folk were no doubt smiling all the way to the bank. Actually, the beer drinkers were smiling too:)
Newtown Knife Gang and the highly acclaimed ShadowClub kick-started the event on the main stage and, just like that, I was in rock heaven! In the blistering heat, scattered revellers drew closer as rock stars started shedding their city skins and rockers started with the business of getting down and dirty.
True to form, it was the ever popular and controversial Fokofpolisiekar that ignited the crowd, proving once again that there is nothing skuinheilig about them. Pestroy and SAMA award nominees, The Narrow, showed their grit and reaffirmed that they are two of SAâ€™s most talented bands to date!
International act, electronic rockers AWOLnation, are exceptionally talented and I’m sure to follow them with interest as I expect that the future will have them delivering even greater things. With 4 grammis (Swedish equivalent of Grammy awards) behind them, headliners In Flames treated their South African fans to a show fit for a rock gods – yeah, they were that good. Local metal band, Chromium, far exceeded my expectations. I was proud to see them holding their own.
The highly anticipated, psychedelic Israeli trance band, Infected Mushroom, closed off this wicked JHB leg of the fest. There is no doubt about it, this duo have massive stage presence, and, with a sound that is somewhere between Goa trance and metal, Duvdev and Eisen took us, and South Africa, by storm. They even proved that metalheads can dance too:) Infected Mushroom’s sound and performance is truly unique – they are, undoubtedly, a brand of their own.
With hundreds of fans well and truly oiled, new friendships forged, magnificent overall ambience created by the lights and open skies, Ramfest 2012 was a big winner. It was a day of raucous and debaucherous ramtastic thunder indeed!
by Lady Loren