Superbalist In The City – An Experience
by Navina Nadar
This past weekend, Emmarentia Dam played host to one of this year’s most eclectic music festivals, ‘Superbalist in the City.’ From beat-boxing to hip-hop and indie, the line-up included something for fans who like to indulge in various genres. Although, I have to admit, the only act that prompted me to buy a ticket was US indie band, Foster The People.
With an impressive supporting line up that included local newcomers, Sol Gems, favourites, Shortstraw and the fun-ska-reggae-indie band, Grassy Spark, festival attendees were treated to some potential hits and quite a few crowd pleasers.
Die-hards, and new fans alike, came alive with a little nudge of encouragement from Grassy leads, Josh and Yanick – who are both exceptional vocalists. Their set far superseded most local acts I’ve experienced before and the crowd absorbed the contagious energy bounding off the stage.
The only act I had never heard of prior to the festival, was London-based beat-boxer, Beardyman. A multi-vocalist musician/comedian. He was personable, funny and a genuinely astounding act to watch – making up the entirety of his set on the spot. From live loops to special vocal techniques, his unique sound proved to be an exciting addition to the international line up and I’m pleased to say that he has found a new fan in me.
To say it was hot on Sunday is an understatement. It was an inferno, and I was right in front, drowning amidst a sea of people and their sweat. But I refused to move. All I had were some bottles of water and my steadfast determination to reserve my spot for Foster The People.
After what seemed like quite an intermission, bass boomed through the speakers as US hip-hop artist, Mac Miller tore up the stage. Initially I thought that most people bought tickets to see Foster The People… Boy, was I wrong! Mac Miller fans flooded through to the front of the stage and stretched hundreds of metres to the back. At some point, I even wondered whether I’d survive his set to see Foster The People. Through thrown elbows and tears of happiness, Mac really got the crowd going and I can’t help but respect the fact that he delivered a great performance to his undying devotees.
I slowly began to dehydrate, but my thirst to see Foster The People from the front-line was far greater than my actual thirst. At this point, I’d come too far to relinquish what was to be one of the most glorious moments in my life.
The screens blasted light. The crowd cheered. Foster came on, donned in all white outfits as an ode to their ‘Houdini’ music video. ‘Houdini’ also happened to be the song that they opened with… I was in my element. Their set consisted mainly of songs from their debut album with occasional ones from ‘Supermodel’ such as ‘Pseudologia Fantastica’ and ‘Are You What You Want To Be’ and as one would imagine, the crowd erupted during ‘Pumped Up Kicks.’ Fans were also treated to new singles that ranged from experimental pop to punk. Overall, Foster were all I’d hoped they would be and Mark Foster’s vocal ability and showmanship is undeniable.
My ‘Superbalist In The City’ experience was a truly favourable one. From the wide variety of food stalls, to the endless supply of drinks. There were even hats and umbrella’s if you came unprepared. I look forward to seeing who will visit our shores next year!
Fingers crossed that it’s The Neighbourhood! Or Beck! *wink wink nudge nudge Steyn Entertainment*
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