Every year in the month of March we are treated to one of SA’s most popular and predominant music festivals in the form of RAMFest (Real Alternative Music Festival) . Cape Town and “JHB” are the 2 lucky cities that get to play host to this insane spectacle every year. Always pulling out all the stops to secure only the best bands and DJs from SA and abroad to wow the massive hoards of fans who attend each year!
I had the pleasure of attending my 4th RAMFest this year thanks to the awesome gents at Monster Energy who are one of the main sponsors of the festival. This year round the RAMFest organizers decided to change the “JHB” venue to a different spot in the sleepy town of Bronkhorstspruit, just a few km out of Pretoria, With this in mind I was skeptical at first about the change of venue because I really enjoyed the previous years at the Riversands farm in Fourways. Upon my arrival the skepticism flew out the window, got rained on and stomped into the mud! The layout was ideal, you can park your car at your tent (or sleep in your car), ablutions were always nearby and there was ample space for all!
Heading through the mud to the festival area it was clear that there was no mucking about when it come to organization of the event there was ample amounts of bars, toilets, security and SOUND!! 4 stages took well, “center stage” (-pardon my pun) at the festival.
Apart from the incredible line-up of local talent lined up for the weekend most people were eagerly anticipating the performances by massive international acts such as TRIVIUM, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, THE FOALS, BIFFY CLYRO and CAMO & KROOKED. In light of the fact that the festival is hosted simultaneously in two cities, each of the venues were treated to thunderous international performances on both Friday and Saturday night.
Friday was definitely the highlight for me, it could be because it was the first time that I experienced the stages with all the lights and visuals in their full glory, which really made a mark on my experience as a whole. Ducking and diving between crowds of party animals fueled by the single brand of available beer I managed to get around and see as many performances as possible.
Looking back into the blur of madness which is my memory, I need to give a special mention to the following, Pestroy – performed their last gig as a band and they certainly went out with a BANG! Biffy Clyro and The Foals both rocked out properly and it was the combination of these two acts that really moved me! Fuzigish and Shortstraw – As you would imagine were insane! Hugs on Drugs – I LIKE!
Once again – Thank You to Shanne Liebenberg for the pics! overcoming many camera difficulties on the weekend, you did a great job