Another year of the great music trek begins
It has been a pleasure to watch the South African music scene transform and progress into an environment that rivals its international counterparts. Year after year our artists outdo themselves, experimenting with diverse sounds as a means to replicate in order to reinvent. It’s no easy feat, but they keep at it. And for the love of music, they deliver. And for you, the lovers of music, they thrive.
This will be the sixth year that Park Acoustics have provided us with a venue to showcase and enjoy our favourite acts live and on stage – where the artists are merely a howl and an outstretched hand away. The organisers have put together an assembly of talent ensuring that everyone leaves satisfied. As always, the surrounding scenery will be immense, and even though the Voortrekker Monument looms above like an unyielding Afrikaans teacher, remember that she is not angry, she just really wants The Bokke to step up their game.
Without further ado, Park Acoustics in association with Jack Daniel’s welcomes Maddy Behrens, Mind Pool, Josh Kempen, Monark, Matthew Mole, and resident DJ Michael Lesar. That’s six acts comprising the likes of Indie Folk, Pop, Space Rock, and a personal favourite, Electro Swing.
Being relatively familiar with the line-up, I still had to check out Maddy Behrens. Here’s the deal. Maddy Behrens will make you cry (don’t be ashamed to be moved by beauty). Mind Pool stays true to their name and will ease you into psychedelic dreamscapes and usher you forward with spacy vocals. Josh Kempen will serenade you and make you fall in love with him only to remind you that his heart is Italian, and it’s longing for Ysabel Lola, and not you. You’ll be hurt, but you’ll still love him. Monark will pave the way for what’s to come. Think triangles and lush landscapes, then add a male falsetto and a beat that will get you jumping.
If you’re still worried about work the next day, Matthew Mole is sure to put a smile on your face and sing those imminent Monday blues away. A solid kick. A colourful banjo harmony. Following that epic journey through sweeps of arranged sounds, a wave of love and appreciation is sure to follow. And just when you think the party is over, Park Acoustics aim to close the event with their resident DJ Michael Lesar. Often considered an electronic time machine surging its way back to 1920’s Jazz, Michael Lesar will make you swing, tap and shake like a delirious savage.
This is a party not to be missed and a sure way to set the tone for 2016.
“Welcome to the first Park Acoustics of the year!
We’re starting the year with a bang and we’re super happy to welcome Matthew Mole, Monark, Josh Kempen, Mind Pool, Maddy Behrens & our resident DJ Michael Lesar.”
Matthew Mole, Monark, Josh Kempen, Mind Pool, Maddy Behrens, Michael Lesar
31 January 2016
Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria
ONE DOUBLE TICKET UP FOR GRABS
We’re giving away one double ticket to the Park Acoustics. All you have to do in order to stand a chance to win is tell us which two artists on the bill are featured in #TheFussList.
Competition closes and winner selected and notified on Friday the 22nd of January.
Featured image courtesy rwrant