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The Big Idea

by Nathan Zeno / 06.08.2009

The idea was simple. There are all these great bands we like that nobody really knows about, so I thought if you have one big gig and have seven bands play in a night, then it’s not people coming out to hear a new band, but one long night of uninterrupted live music party.
Matt from Sibling Rivalry tells Purity from Fruit n Veg to stop going out of tune.

A mini festival, sorta. So we did it this last weekend at Jubilee concert hall near UKZN. There were eight bands in total; Yesterday’s Pupil, Wrestlerish, Fruit n Veg, Manuvah to Land, Dr Fly & the Nurses, Avatar, Car Boot Vendors, Heels over Head and they carried a hefty guest list, so before we started the venue was full.

Blantant product placement from people we let in for free.

Then a whole lot of other people arrived, I was so awash in the joy of seeing all these bands together that we were lax on security, many people snuck in, snuck drinks in. Financially it was a wash, but as a party it was just out of control.

Yesterday’s Pupils stance is the antithesis of the sound he produces.

Yesterday’s Pupil and Dr Fly were the crowd favorites, Fruit n Veg played rock stars and broke shit, Wreslterish surprised a few people with their country vibes.

Wreslterish channels strangled Japanese women who love Country

Manuvah had everyone skanking and so on. I spent the evening veering between elation and frustration.

Audience throws hand shapes, Jason from Manuvah to Land reciprocates.

For me to critically assess it in anyway would just be wrong. But two moments stood out for me, the way the disparate crowd all coalesced during Yesterday’s Pupil’s set and the way the crowd split apart when Creepy Steve threw a giant polystyrene Krishna off stage during Fruit n Veg’s set.

Creepy Steve?

In the final analysis, it was probably a good idea, but there is no way to really know. We simply do not have enough empirical evidence. We’ll have to do it again. Say same place, around end September, maybe early October?

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All pics by Kevin Goss-Ross

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  1. One of the Others says:

    Who took the photographs?

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  2. Nathan Zeno says:

    Whooops – Kevin Goss Ross. We love him. even though he’s a pigfucker.

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  3. Kevin Goss-Ross says:

    Fuck you pigfucker. So you didnt cred me after all that? Thank you “One of the Others”. I swear to god I have to keep an eye on this Zeno character he is bad news. But yeah it was a kif party. So I’ll click on kif.

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  4. One of the Others says:

    Some great shots. That Creepy Steve character gave me nightmares when he got his freak on at the Willowvale the other night. I think the pigs fear him more….a photo feature following him for 24hrs could be interesting.

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  5. Justin_MCGEE says:


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  6. Kevin Goss-Ross says:

    Shit. You have just opened a can of man eating worms. I am fairly sure that your proposal could end up in at least one death. If not more. I am quite interested in doing it but I must admit that I am too weak a man to endure Steve for more than eight hours – twelve at most. Where does he live? Where does he eat? What does he eat? Does he eat? IS HE HUMAN? God man. Fuck Mahala I’ll send it in to National Geographic. Now all I need is a thoroughly INSURED camera.

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  7. Carol Reed says:

    Having that monolithic Krshna scrape the skin off my arm as it landed in my arms wasnt that exciting.
    I’d prefer it if KG-R maintains his focus and the music lands on the people (gracefully), rather than the fan’s toys, landing on the people, this time, namely me,
    F&V rocked, it was especially special to hear the lyrics sung unfalteringly even after Pure had taken a side-step and gone under and ended up on her back. Weird that we could still hear the drums after she wiped out the drum mic too. Or could we still hear the drums….
    I dont know..and my arm is slowly healing.

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  8. Ricardo says:

    Wow, these photos are amazing! I love the 1st ,3rd,5th,6th….

    I’d like to share a film project here- ”The YES Movie” , it talks about young entrepreneurs passion and big ideas. Check out the movie preview if you like, thanks!

    http://www.TheYESmovie.com.by Louis Lautman.

    Keep the pictures coming !!!! And the gig videos perharps?

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