Park Acoustics is a one-day festival experience that’s sure to be embedded in your memory for a while – along with your hangover which may, or may not, make your Monday more bearable. The carefully-curated line-up ensures you’ll always get to see the latest and greatest artists and acts from the local music scene, as well as occasional internationals acts.
This edition’s line-up (that took place on Sunday, 2 July 2017) featured an array of artists and an eclectic mix of genres on display in the belly of Fort Schanskop.
Things kicked off with Adelle Nqeto, whom you may know as the one half of the former acoustic-folk duo, Flint, Meet Spark. Serenading the early arrivals with her unmistakably delightful voice, the singer-songwriter displayed her uplifting folk-pop prowess with songs from her debut album, including a really neat rendition of Gangster’s Paradise, before being joined on stage by her band to finish off an enlightening and intimate set.
Next up was Harrebaard. Pre-show talk suggested that these ballies were no ordinary musicians. In fact they’re actually quite a big deal – turns out the rockers are veteran actors Frank Opperman, Ouboet from Orkney Snork Nie fame, and Pierre van Pletzen, who you may know as Oubaas from 7de Laan, who have teamed up with musicians Anton l’Amour and Leon Ecroignard. They took to the stage to belt out some solid blues-rock numbers, including their version of Koos Kombuis’s Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie. Their film-crew entourage was there to capture their performance for the reality TV show, Die Oom Se Band, so be sure to check out the show on 9 June on Via (DStv channel 147).
The surprisingly lively performance really set the mood and compelled the cracking open of cold beers and copious amounts of tequila to flow.
Joburgers Bye Beneco sprinkled their indie-pop magic over the Pretoria crowd in another stellar performance. Albeit generously clothed in her pink outfit, vocalist Lenny-Dee looked like she had just got off the set of their sultry new music video, Jungle Drums, and embodied the band’s dreamy vibe that has mesmerised its many admirers over the years.
Hot Water was hands-down the highlight of the day as Cape Town-based musician Donovan Copley and his band brought a vibrant theatrical show to the stage. The crowd got more than it bargained for as it was treated to an a cappella cover of Miriam Makeba’s Click Song by the back-up singer and dancer, before being welcomed onto stage to join in the song and dance spectacle (much to the dismay of the security staff).
Desmond and the Tutus ended off the day with another off the wall performance and had the crowd – especially the ‘Pretoria Girls’ – stoked with their infectious dance moves and catchy indie jams.