Sorry guys, I’m a bit behind with my posts at the moment because I’ve been hitting the books quite a bit over the past few weeks. I have this international accreditation relating to my day job which requires me to earn a certain number of points over a 3 year period to ensure that I can keep it, so it’s been a bit of a schlep. But the good news is that I’m 100% recertified which means I can keep charging rediculous amounts of money! (A girl can dream at least).
But anyways, back to the topic at hand. This year’s Synergy Live festival was as always quite the adventure. The new Theewater Sports Club venue was much much bigger than the previous Boschendal Wine Estate playground, which was cool space wise but also a bit tougher with regards to getting around. Let’s just say from all the walking I felt quite fit after the weekend, even though I spent my time eating & drinking ALL the wrong things.
I only got there after 8pm on the Friday cause of work and getting lost twice. (I know, totally embarrassing, but I’m blaming the Synergy website directions. I have others who also got lost following it who will back me up. Just sayin’.) But I was very happy to see that the party was already in full swing as this poor drunk guy passed out right outside the toilets demonstrated quite well:
Peaking too soon… major festival FAIL. Hehe.
The main event on the Friday evening was one thing & one thing only. The Prodigy!! Seriously, I didn’t care about anything other than seeing these guys on stage. And I wasn’t disappointed in the least. They rocked it out like it was still the crazy 90s, which I loved. I’m sure if you zoomed in on their faces you would have seen a bit of wear & tear, but from where I was standing, they looked just like they did in that awesome Firestarter video and they sounded equally brilliant. I felt like my goal for the weekend had already been achieved and it was only day 1…
Scenes from The Prodigy set
The Red Bull stage this year was quite a far walk from the main stage and also the first stage most people stumbled upon because of the overall layout. This caused some confusion (especially if you consider the amount of alcohol and other strange things which are consumed at festivals). I overheard quite a few people saying “the main stage is quite a bit smaller than last year hey” and “wait, there’s only one oke on stage, where’s the rest of the band!?”. I tried to correct people where I could and I’m hoping at least by the Saturday most folks figured things out.
Awesome screen displays has become the norm at the Red Bull tent… better to keep you entranced I guess.
The next morning was the first time I actually got a view of our camp area (because I arrived after sunset the night before of course). It was cool in that we were in the middle of a regte egte forest which gave some much needed protection from the wind (which was crazy btw):
On our long walk to breakfast we learnt about the very serious problem of dust in the area:
Is that a person praying? Dust must be very very serious indeed… geeze…
Breakfast included some tasty samoosas from the Durban’s Finest Curry stand and ice cream. They do say breakfast is the most important meal of the day you know.
But seriously, there were lots & lots of food options to choose from which was really great cause you didn’t end up standing in very long queues at any time.
The mock “beach” area was a popular spot throughout the day, mainly cause it was piping hot and at least you cool down in the dam and enjoy some cold Mainstay ready-made cocktails. We also watched quite a few people attempting to master those inflatable “walk on water” balls. Personally I don’t get them. I don’t understand why a human would want to look like a hamster failing on a hamster wheel. But it certainly was entertaining to watch. Maybe that was in fact more the point. Hmmmm… sneaky organiser folks. Love it!
I was also happy to see some of my favoutire comedians on stage: Siv Ngesi, Schalk Bezuidenhout & Oliver Booth all had me in stitches during their improv comedy set (think Who’s line is it anyway?). The jokes were pretty damn dirrrrty, which made me love it even more…
I was however having some issues with my camera. I’ve mentioned before that it’s been a little temperamental since a few dropping & spilling incidents. Let me show you what it was doing. Here’s a pic taken with flash:
And here’s one without flash…
Weird huh? Gonna have to get that checked out for sure. If anybody has any ideas as to what could be causing this, please do drop me a line.
Anyhoo, back at the main stage the lineup for the Sat evening was pretty awesome. So that’s kinda where we settled from about 6pm onwards, kicking off with the legendary Rudimentals.
Apologies, this was the best stage shot I had – but was actually taken earlier in the day when the sun was super hot. That’s why it looks a bit empty.
After which I quickly popped back to my tent just before sunset to change into something a little warmer. Just look at what a beautiful sight I was welcomed with en route back:
So incredible, right?
The rest of the evening’s activities included rocking to Jack Parow’s Cooler as ekke, watching Goodnight Wembley live for the first time (and loving them) and then checking out my personal favourite SA band at the moment, Shadowclub. Looove these guys.
There was this other band called Prime something after Shadowclub – but I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan, so we headed back to the Red Bull stage instead with a stop along the way for some midnight snacks. The perfect way to round off a very successful day.
As for the Sunday, there’s not much to tell. I had to get back into town, so packed up & headed out quite early. I didn’t mind it really because Sundays at music festivals are usually quite a scary sight. I mentioned the term “Zombie apocalypse” at the end of Rocking the Daises this year. That term works quite well with 3 day festivals in general.
But ja, a fun weekend away for sure. It’s always so cool to experience great live music and hang with great people. Oh and stuff your face with Spur burgers without your “sophisticated” friends knowing! (forgot to mention that part. hehe)
PS: Props for the Flash bit has to be go to my friend Darryn. This was his creative brilliance thanks to something he had seen online. Also of course to the guy who stuck it out in boiling hot that Flash costume ALL DAY LONG. Impressive dude. Very impressive.