With July in the rear-view mirror, choking on the dust, a ‘what happens now feeling’ pours over us as last month really set the social calendar alight with a sizzling panache. So now, what does August have in store?
We’ve all heard about it, but never before had I experienced it; a hangover as a result of an entire month of partying and work is now dragging. The boss’ usual voice is striking a resemblance to a ticking clock – it just keeps going and going. Out of work he’s a cool guy, but inside these fake walls he’s the picture of conformity and at the moment, from Monday through to Friday, he’s my enemy.
Ok, so work isn’t as bad as I paint it out be, especially today as I’ve found the online version of Snake – remember the old Nokia game that entertained you during school – well I’ve got it on my computer with my desktop even having a shortcut button to it. Along with Snake and the embers of August slowly warming, the week begins to speed up, and it’s not Durbanites that are the envy of all with Cape Town and Gauteng presenting a fully loaded close of winter magic.
Cape Town chimes in with some real winners and as usual a host a pre-weekend fun is to be had – I would recommend kicking of the three day fiesta at the Bread Café, for their weekly Friday cocktail specials. This Friday affair of sundowners, with live acoustic music, gives way to the easy fusions of the R25 cocktails. Two concerts follow the Friday, one on Saturday and the other on the Sunday. Saturday’s performance is an electrifying one headed by the Parlotones at the Grand Arena, as usual promoting a carbon free concert. The Kirstenbosch Winter Concert welcomes Verity and the Shades from her long walk, spanning 1 200km’s across France and Spain, so catch them before they disappear into the recording studio with their new found sizzle.
Durban’s highlight is at the ever-rocking Wavehouse at Gateway. This week even more rocking with the legendary Sum 41 plucking their guitars to thousands of fans that have already bought their tickets, book now to avoid disappointment. Zebra & Giraffe, La Els, Low Profile and Fire Through the Window will be supporting this megaband.
Gauteng takes the cake for August with the annual muso festival happening in the first week. I don’t want to say it because it’s hard to say because I won’t be attending. Ah, I will struggle through the pain ‘cause its Oppikoppi time – previously rated as the best music festival in the country. This year’s line-up is sure to take top honours again. Sum 41’s main reason for coming to SA was to check out Oppikoppi, with its 17 year reputation growing overseas and climbing the ladder on festival rating sites. On top of Sum 41, Zebra & Giraffe, The Black Hotels, The Used, Die Antwoord, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Desmond and the Tutus, Karen Zoid, Mr Cat and the Jackal, Fuzigish, Frankie Fire, and, and, and, will be performing.
August looks like it could still rival the ridiculously manic and super fun month of July, so check out next week to see what gets me through the week…