SYNERGY LIVE 26-28Nov 2010
*Great Weekend, Great Vibe, Great Style and Great Apes!*
Synergy was a mind-blowing weekend of festival fun. Three days of three stages with very different bands allowed for some great exposure to fantstic new things that our local scene is pumping out as well as some international flavour, the main stage featuring the likes of Feeder and Prime circle on saturday night.
Sweltering sun beat down apon the festival-goers on friday as they bravely and sweatily made the great trek from car to campsite. A productive day of river-related relaxation was topped off in style by some befoklike boere bands; Die Heuwels Fantasties, Foto na Dans, Van Coke Kartel, Taxi Violence who’s rock’nroll got dancers going mental and finally the mysterious but musical club-sound legends Jax Panik entertained with crazy lights, frenzied beats and illegal dance-moves. A definite win.
Meanwhile the electro-dome boomed and squeaked its way through the nights and days pumping pulsing tunes till the early hours of the morning. Boasting massive crowds at any given hour and equally massive names like Tommygun, Killer Robot & Goldfish, the electro-dome sucked passers by into their thumping UV laser-lit party faster and easier than Courtney Love.
A surprisingly grey Saturday made for perfect gig weather for those of us rocking out on the dance floors! The main stage thrilled crowds with the haunting tunes of The Sleepers, the bobbing beats of The Rudimentals and some porkrock courtesy of HOG HOGGIDY HOG. But the clear highlight of Synergy fest was incontestably the LMG stage. (Spur Burgers came a close second)
Nineteen year old guitarist and singer-songwriter Natasha Meister (Canada) rocked the LMG tent with soulful Stevie-ray-vaughan feel in the early afternoon.
The travelling circus must have passed by the Boschendal area, providing SYNERGY with mad funfair rides and a few carnies that got left behind: JINX and some curious misfits got the LMG tent going nuts to their theatrical electronic operatic carnival tunes. After much spinning and skipping the fine gents from Helderview offered a few good tunes and a while later the guys from We Set Sail produced an enjoyable set. Before long the space was invaded by a mass of bandana-clad, band-shirted metal warriors. SABRETOOTH got the masses moshing, guitarists gobsmacked and sexy girls pulling sultry stunts! They shredded their way through an epic set to a roaring crowd wanting more! "Metaaaaaaal!"
Fox Comet kept the crowds happy and bouncing after that. Birthday-boy Kyle Grey beat us a little drum solo while proud-ginger vocalist Rob Coutts promoted the ginger flashmob. (Yes. It’s just like Cartman says, they are uniting.) Altogether an impressive late afternoon! Such was the vibe that many festival-goers forgot all about the main stage action.
Strength to strength, in true local style LMG kept pumping out the talent. Ree-burth’s front man jumped, threw, thrust and whipped his way through their set with bloodcurdling screams from Soweto. (Handy little gimmick that.)
Then it was over to The Great Apes for some authentic Rock’nRoll! Raw and powerful. They have it nailed. Hard-rocking rhythm, whining solos, roaring vocals and thrashing drums. They are the violent hardcore attitude of rock’nroll! The epic Saturday lineup ended with crowds flailing drunkenly to the rockabilly ego trip ala The Mochines. Perfection!
After that it’s all downhill. Once the main stage and the LMG tent were closed, the electro bubble happily pounded on into the new day and thankfully so did a bar or two. Sunday brought with it some rain, then some sunshine, some headaches and the close of a most successful music festival. Happy (and hungover) campers headed homeward for a recovery time to put their bodies and minds back together.