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Writen by: Andy Leve
Mary Fitzgerald Square was rocked to the core this past Friday, 5th October as the masses came out for the highly anticipated In the City concert.
The show was headlined by British indie rockers Bloc Party; however the local acts certainly held their ground. First up on the bill was SAMA award winning trio Shadow Club. This band simply screams rock and roll, and definitely set a high standard for the evening as they warmed the crowd up with their hits including “Good Morning Killer”, “Luc” and “Guns and Money”.
The trio were followed up by Yesterday’s Pupils and Tumi of Tumi and The Volume. Yesterday’s Pupil psychedelic sounds, singing and raving guitar sounds were complimented by Tumi with his irresistible catchy rhymes.
From synths and guitars to Die Antwoord’s signature vulgarity and techn hip hop beats, the crowd stayed engrossed to the stage for what can only be described as a mindblowingly zef set. As soon as DJ Hi-tech took to the DJ booth, the heat was on. He dropped the beat to “fok julle naaiers” and Yolandi Visser emerged on stage. The band has been enjoying sold out shows overseas but set the stage on fire for their home crowd. The audience was treated to Ninja’s pelvic thrusts, Yolandi’s ass shaking and even a guest appearance by an unknown dancer who joined Yolandi and Ninja on stage for a few songs. Die Antwoord had the crowd engrossed for their entire set. Ninja even jumped over the railing into the crowd, closing their set with debut hit “Enter the Ninja”.
From the pioneers of Zef Culture to the Kings of indie rock- Bloc Party, the stage was set and as soon as drummer, Matt Tong walked on stage topless- the crowd could not contain themselves and screamed until lead singer Kele Okereke showed up and belted out the first line of the first single, “Octopus” from their latest offering, “Four”. In the beginning of the set Kele’s vocals seemed to be drowned out by the guitar and drums but he soon found his feet and never looked back! The crowd sang along to “Helicopter”, “One more chance” and “she’s hearing voices. It was the band’s first time in South Africa and Kele added that it had always been a dream to play in the country.
As the headlining act, the band did not disappoint as they kept the crowd jumping up and down and singing along to every word of their songs. It is hugely inspiring to watch an act energy level rise with every song played and to witness the crowd giving that very same energy back with such vigour until the very last song.
In the City was an absolute success, with a stellar line-up with each act holding their own in front of a crowd that had been waiting for the event. It is always a pleasure to see acclaimed acts such as Bloc Party on our shores, however such events are made that much more special when local acts perform at such a high calibre.
The event was undoubtedly a night to remember, every single act deserved an encore and standing ovation of the hundreds of people who gathered at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to rock out to a stellar line-up.