Now I will be honest in saying that I did not know much about UTC – as it is often referred to as in short – but good friends knew that I would enjoy it very much. The decision was made, tickets were secured and off we went into the abyss, blind yet filled with eagerness.
And we were not let down. After a bit of a drive we were greeted by a beautiful setting on the banks of the Breede River. One beer down, 2 tents pitched and a dusty walk down to the Jaegermeister Stage drawn by the melodic blues music, we found ourselves in our element.
Jokes were thrown around about how many times the next band up have in actual performed at UTC, we hear figures such as 76th appearance etc and we are left in awe, momentarily. UTC has been around for a less than that but the quick whit of the MC kept us wanting more.
Up The Creek 2016!
The music was due to kick off at 11am at the Sedgwicks River Stage. Excitement rose! Akkedis & Friends kicked us off for a great day on the river where I was most looking forward to the line up on the Main Stage. Sannie Fox, Grassy Spark (Yannick arriving 10 minutes late), Crimson House, December Streets. Al Bairre & closing up with a co lab of Basson Laubscher. The list continues. What a great night!
It was on Saturday, when distracted by the countless inflatables and floating bars, I had a moment of clarity and came to the realisation that I preferred the blues, rock and ska of the evenings vs. the western rock, pop & soft rock of the river stage. The artists that I was most looking forward to were Nomadic Orchestra and Shortstraw, however what came before them blew my mind. On walked a band who looked like the real deal. What looked like the female violinist in an incredible sparkly red body hugging suit stepped up to plate and made us all notice her. Slow Jack is probably highest on my list of bands to watch for 2016. Their melodic get up and jump sound was incredible. The hauntingly beautiful voice of female lead singer Jayme Van Tonder, complemented by the pop rock melodies of the band blew us all away. Lead singer Hannes Muller oozes stage presence with such ease that he had the crowd twisted around each note plucked on his electric guitar.
All in all the event was one that was memorable and forever be remembered in our book of experiences. We cannot wait for next year!
“I love to dream, this much is true. I love dreaming about you…” – Slow Jack
Music is my passion and what better way than to share with those around me than to tell you what’s coming up in the Mothercity Live Music wise soon.
STEVE NEWMAN & SIMBA MORRI
BLAH BLAH BAR, 4th Feb 2016
The idea behind the co/LAB concept is simple & straight-forward – mash up genres, cultures and generations. In other words, present the musicians with a challenge by taking them out of their comfort zones and popping them onto our stage for 60 minutes to present a unique show.
STRAIGHT NO CHASER, 13 FEB 2016
This well known acoustic musician takes you on a musical journey via his influence of African Jazz, blues and captivating blend of reinterpreted standards, original compositions and improvisations solely
THE CRYPT, Jazz Restaurant, 26th Feb 2016
Talented Musicians From Around Cape Town, With A 21st Century Take On Traditional Gypsy Jazz. Blending Tango, Waltz, Folk, R&B, Hip Hop, Swing. Anneli Kamfer- Vocals, Bernard Kotze – Guitar, Sarah Blake – Bass/Vocals, Renee Olmstead – Violin And Lize Dekker Piano/Accordian/Vocals.
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