SMACK! Republic at Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017

SMACK! Republic at Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017

SMACK! Republic’s bold beers and eye-catching graphics make for a can’t-miss beer brewery – one of my first stops at this year’s Capital Craft Beer Festival! We asked them a few questions about beer, brewing, and branding.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

PurpleCry

The colour-filled melodies of PurpleCry

Like pancakes and butter, and ocean views with an ice cold beer, some things in life find perfect harmony with each other, while simultaneously making each other better. This is on course for the alternative rock duo group, PurpleCry.

Jeanne Lloyd

Jeanne hates to refer to herself in third person. Because before you know it, she gets lordly and demand you tell her fantastic stories fit for the delicate ears of kings and queens only.

Jack Black Brewhouse

Jack Black at Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017

Jack Black’s Brewing Co. is one of South Africa’s most recognised craft beer brands – especially because they’re often present at live music events like Park Acoustics. They’re getting ready to take part in this year’s Capital Craft Beer Festival, and we asked them a few questions about the business of beer.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Sunset Sweatshop - Move it at Splashy Fen

Sunset Sweatshop – Move It at Splashy Fen

Sunset Sweatshop is an exciting new funk/folk/reggae feel-good band from Cape Town. Their first single, Move It, is grabbing attention on radio, and they’ll be playing at Splashy Fen for the first time this coming weekend. We got the opportunity to ask acoustic guitarist and lead vocalist Ian Heyns about the band, sunsets, Splashy Fen, and being compared to local legends from a few decades ago.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Koos Kombuis Lush

Van die kombuisvloer na die verhoog – Koos Kombuis gaan Lush Festival toe

Suid Afrika is ‘n kulturele land, daar’s geen twyfel daarin in nie. Ons hardloop op diversiteit. En vir al ons verskille het ons almal een ding in gemeen; ons hou van partytjie. Die beste bewys hiervan is die menigde kuns – en musiekfeeste in ons land wat vir ons beskikbaar is.

Laas jaar is die nuweling Lush Festival op die been gebring, en het hy sy voete tussen die ou menere gevind. Dié jaar dans hy saam.

Less Wes Anderson, more Wes Craven.

Matthew Mole - LUSH

Matthew Mole: Lushing and Running with the Golden Boy of SA Indie Pop

Matthew Mole is South Africa’s golden boy of Indie Pop. He’s friendly, unpretentious and modest, and he’s playing at Lush Festival this Easter Weekend. We asked him a few questions about his life, his career, and his upcoming festival appearance.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Valiant Swart - Lush 2017

Valiant Swart – Dié troebadoer is op pad Lush toe!

Alhoewel hy homself nie noodwendig as ’n ikoon of legende sien nie, is Valiant Swart vir seker ’n Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaar wat respek afdwing. Hy is al etlike jare ’n prominente naam in die bedryf en wen nuwe aanhangers oor met sy strelende stem en goeie lirieke. “Dis strelend vir die ego om ’n legend of ikoon genoem te word,” sê Valiant. “Maar ’n mens moet dit nie kop toe vat nie. Eintlik is jy maar net nog ’n ou met ’n klomp liedjies en ’n kitaar wat ’n bestaan probeer maak.”

Dee Theart

Dee is a Jack of many trades and perhaps a master of some: writing, MC’ing, presenting, acting and the occasional afternoon nap.

Brett Newski

DIY and Punk AF: the return of Brett Newski

The prodigal son of underdog indie rock returns to the shores, high velds and low velds of South Africa during March and April. Brett Newski is already here, out and about the streets to search for his long lost love, the bunny chow, and visit his much loved friends he met five years ago when he first toured through SA.

Jeanne Lloyd

Jeanne hates to refer to herself in third person. Because before you know it, she gets lordly and demand you tell her fantastic stories fit for the delicate ears of kings and queens only.

Radio Kalahari Orkes - Mamba

Radio Kalahari Orkes se Ian Roberts gesels oor Mamba!

Ian Roberts, verteenwoordiger en leier van Radio Kalahari Orkes, is ‘n soort enigma. Buite die orkes ken mens hom as akteur en draaiboekskrywer, maar dalk hoofsaaklik as “Boet” – een van die karakters van ‘n populêre reeks Castrol televisieadvertensies. Op die vooraand van die bekendstelling van Radio Kalahari Orkes se nuutste album, Mamba!, het ek die geleentheid aangegryp om met Roberts te praat, en hopelik die mens agter die orkes te leer ken.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

PHFAT

PHFAT speaks about Mieliepop, splitting up, and meeting a new girlfriend’s parents.

PHFAT has always been a relatively hard-to-describe group. Bassy beat-driven electro hip-hop, I think. Though their Facebook page simply says “RAP MUSIC” – in all caps like that.  Then last year the duo split, with Narch Beats carrying on as an independent producer while Smooth Mike carries on as PHFAT. It’s pretty well established that they/he/it is from Cape Town, at least. And that they’ll be performing at The Republic of Mieliepop this year.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.