Ramfest 08: From Stage to Beer Tent & Back

2008-03-07 16:21
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Next up on the main stage were aKING, and having been plagued by monitor faults and equipment hassles, their gig was a little less than ideal, not to mention two hours late.

Van Coke Kartel picked it up and belted out a raw and energetic set, setting the tone for local faves Taxi Violence to tear up the stage. White Buzz was touted as an ‘international’ act, despite 90% of the band being from SA. They failed to shine after the sheer intensity of Taxi Violence.

Day one ended off with Afrikaans rock upstarts, Foto Na Dans getting the crowd to shake it up, followed by punk heroes, Hog Hoggidy Hog, sealing the deal with their brand of catchy South African ska. It all ended at around 3:30am. Pretty late for a show. Or early, depending on how you look at it. Back to the beer tent.

Saturday started off hazy, hot, and with a very necessary dip in the river. I just missed Yossarian, but I managed to catch Failing Forward on the main stage. Good thing I did. Their punk/screamo vibes were a perfect way to start the day.

Ashtray Electric kept the dance grooves going nicely, while I made my way off in search of a pizza. By the time I sorted myself out, I had already missed Knave, Torment and Rhutz. Although, from my tent, I heard some pretty brutal metal riffs coming from the stage. Nice.
Too many beers and a couple of blurry bands later, it's time for the Air-Guitar Championship! From the ludicrously hilarious to the “is he holding an invisible guitar?”, the event was insanely popular, with the guitarist from Mind Assault winning himself a Fender Strat. Good man!

Next, festival legends Lark took the stage with their last show. Ever. And the crowd was not going to let them go out lightly. Inge is, arguably, one of the most talented women in SA music, and she proved it over and over with Lark’s twisted pop stylings. I got a chance to chat to her after the show, and she seems positive about the future and where she’s headed. I’m sure she’ll miss her fans as much as they will miss her. A fitting farewell to a South African icon. Next up were Battery9, lugging a rack full of street signs and other paraphernalia for their stage show. Back to the beer tent.

My head was swimming. I needed a change of pace. Off to the tented stage in time to get a glimpse of nu-wave rockers, kidofdoom. The crowd was loving it, everyone grooving on the dance-floor. UnitR were up next, with Paul from Lark joining them on a song or two. The sound was a little less than adequate, but they managed to pull it off, even without one of their members. I’m bushed. It’s later than I realise, and as I’m stumbling back to my tent, Pestroy hit the stage and rip it to shreds with their fist-in-the-face metalcore.

Ramfest 2008 was awesome. I’m burnt and tired, but happy. Where’s the beer tent?

- Blunt Magazine reporter, Jimmy McGregor

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This was my first foray into RAMFEST, and, being the festival virgin that I am, I got lost en route. Typical. I missed Fuzigish altogether on Friday, although I’m still a little perplexed as to why they were put first on the line-up.

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