Sebastian Ammon hit Park Acoustics on Saturday. Here’s what he thought…
It was Saturday; you felt like some local music and didn’t want to spend money on food at your nearest music festival – well, you could have gone to Park Acoustics hosted at the Voortrekker Monument featuring Goldfish, BCUC, Shortstraw, The Black Cat Bones, Fullswing, Haezer, Niskerone and many more.
When I arrived at Park Acoustics, I was greeted by African music from the main stage played by the Soweto-based band BCUC, until shortly after Shortstraw took the stage. I was expecting a much larger crowd to get up and dance to them at the front but I suppose it was still too early (sober) in the day. Having seen Shortstraw many times before I decided it was time to explore the other stages. The Cabin Fever Floor was a great alternative with some of your best local Deep House. Kyle Cassim was playing at the time, followed by Pop Art Live. There was a great vibe around the music until suddenly the PA cut during Pop Art Live’s performance – and I was just getting into it. It definitely dampened the mood at the Cabin Fever Floor.
Returning to the main stage, The Black Cat Bones put on a spectacular show with a little addition to the band; it was clearly bring your kid to work day, as there was a little child jamming along with an acoustic guitar at the back of the stage – too cute. To follow were Goldfish with an equally amazing performance. The crowd definitely seemed to enjoy them as they played their hits. Ending on the main stage were Fullswing, but this wasn’t the end!
It was now time for the Griet stage and Bobbejaan floor to open. These two stages were sure to keep you entertained ‘till the late hours of the evening.
Although I didn’t find this line-up particularly strong, Park Acoustics was a great way to spend a Saturday and is definitely one of the music festivals to be diarised every month.