Parlotones Live At The Botanical Gardens
I was extremely lucky to be invited to see the Parlotones last week Sunday (15 April). So, me along with a good couple of mates set off for the Botanical Gardens – this time early enough to get the good shaded seats! After waiting in the cue for what seemed like ages because of all the excitement, we got in! We found a great spot in the shade and life was awesome, light background music played and we were getting into the festivities with our ice cold Savanna’s. After a short while the whole arena was jam packed with people, every inch of grass was a precious place to lay your blanket and sit – I have never seen the gardens this full in my life before, there were people everywhere! Our once shaded spot had now gone and we were in direct sunlight, it was a very warm day! But not warm enough to dampen our spirits.
The opening band, Gangs of Ballet – from Johannesburg, made their way to the stage and definitely got the crowd going with their awesome performance. It was really nice to see the great support from the locals, with a few students kitted out with printed Gangs of Ballet Shirts; this band is definitely going places. Then came time for the anticipated arrival of the Parlotones. Once they hit the stage, sitting no longer became an option, the whole arena literally stood from start to finish, singing, clapping and dancing along to the music. They were brilliant and their sound was impeccable you really couldn’t tell the difference between their live performance and the CD! I do wish they had played a bit more of their old songs but I do understand that it was more about their new album, Journey ThroughThe Shadows, either way they still rocked!!!
All in all it was a brilliant day shared with amazing people! The atmosphere was intoxicating and the singing was phenomenal!
Be sure to catch the rest of the Old Mutual Music At The Lake Series – next up on the line-up is African – Jazz singer, Johnny Clegg, which we can all assume, without great difficulty, is going to be one ‘helluva’ performance!