PIXIES SA TOUR REVIEW & GALLERY
So earlier this month Amp Events the guys who brought out KOC- Kings of Chaos in 2013 and in 2014 brought out The PIXIES the American Alternative Rock Band, whose members are Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering, Black Francis, Paz Lenchantin all who had never performed in SA before.
In fact it was Barney Simon who was the first radio DJ to ever play their music for the SA audience way back in the good old days, kinda before my time, LOL.
In case you don’t know who the PIXIES are here is one their popular songs from 1988
The lineup was top class selection of locals bands like Shortstraw, Prime Circle, Springbok Nude Girls, Aking, Crash Car Burn, The Sweet Resistance who were all the support acts for The Pixies.
I think we need to give our local talent more support and recognition for their work so instead I look at all events that host an international as the following:
SA LOCAL BANDS & ARTISTS DON’T OPEN OR SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONALS BUT THE INTERNATIONALS CLOSE FOR OUR LOCAL BANDS & ARTISTS.
The sound for some of the bands was excellent, crisp and clear and then for others was shocking. I don’t know if it was a sound engineer issue or maybe the band hadn’t rehearsed enough but nonetheless it didn’t change the outcome of the event.
The stage production and lighting was mind blowing throughout the event, with 2 massive screens on either side so that it didn’t matter where you were you could see and hear who was performing.
But I think that maybe just maybe there were one too many bands, so the day became very long for some especially when you been drinking in the sun all day.
There was plenty of different food stalls from which you could have chosen something to eat.
I noticed that people started getting grumpy after the sun had set and like most events in fact all events people will be standing ques which made them even more grumpy.
16 000 people rocked out at the Carnival Festival Lawns in Johannesburg with more alcohol consumed at this event than Amp Events Management or anyone else could possibly have anticipated!
Drinks ran out, to which you had a contingency plan and trucked in more booze. Well Done!
Over 150 000 drinks sold.
“That excludes all soft drinks, water etc.. For an event of 16 000 people, this is simply unheard of”
Having the cashless system seemed to be a good thing because the Howler system worked way better than I expected.
When the PIXIES came onto stage they were greeted by thousands of screaming fans all excited to finally be able to see these Legends up close and Live on Stage.
The first song they had these bright yellow lights shining on them casting them all into shadows and as they progressed through song after song, guitar change after guitar change the lighting became more colourful and spectacular.
The one thing I did find kinda weird is that Francis the lead singer of the PIXIES did not interact once with the crowd.
Strange huh? Well I thought so.
Andy well done, you and your team did a phenomenal job!
Looking forward to hearing who you’ll be bringing to SA to feature on the next
Rock On The Lawns event
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