The Suidooster Festival: Drive-in concert series Kicks off

Francois van Coke and Early B, rock the Suidooster Festival drive-in! Francois van Coke and Early B, rock the Suidooster Festival drive-in! Photo Credit: Gys Loubser

The Suidooster Festival: Drive-in concert series Kicks off

By / Entertainment / Friday, 06 November 2020 12:01

The Suidooster Festival drive-in concert series kicked off this week with music lovers enjoying a phenomenal live show from the comfort of their cars - a first for Cape Town`s entertainment industry!

From 4 to 15 November the Suidooster Festival and Atlantic Studios are reviving the classic drive-in theatre with an exciting line-up of great music and comedy shows. Audiences will be able to view live music and theatre shows from the safety and comfort of their cars in a spacious drive-in area.

The first concert featuring Francois van Coke and Early B, on Wedneday 4 November, was a huge success with many festivalgoers watching the show from their vehicles, adhering to the Lockdown regulations. The production was of outstanding quality, with excellent sound and a big screen that projected the live performance on the wall behind the stage.

Early B enthuses that it was a “fantasmagoric” experience. He says: “It`s a first and I enjoyed this tremendously!” One of the highlights for this popular Afrikaans rapper is the audience response to a slight change that he had to make in one of his hit songs to fit the format of the drive-in audience, as fans  usually sing the lyrics of this popular tune with him. Early B changed the name of the song 'Sies Boy' to 'Flick Boy'. He says that it was wonderful when the cars started flickering their lights to the rhythm of the song. “So cool! I will never forget this!”

Francois van Coke agrees that the Suidooster Festival drive-in concept is an excellent idea. “I streamed my live shows online during lockdown, but this type of outside concert with fans watching from their cars is a next level experience both for me and for the audience. From the videoclips that I viewed afterwards, I gathered that the show also sounded great on the FM frequencies in the cars. I am definately keen to do this again.”

The Suidooster Festival had to be cancelled earlier this year due to the Lockdown restrictions. In this new, drive-in format, it is the first festival to be staged in Cape Town after the tight 2020 winter lockdown. It is also the first drive-in concept in which artists perform live on stage, while the show is simultaneously projected on a screen at the back of the stage.

Jana Hattingh, Suidoosterfees Festival Director says that there was a great collective energy between the festivalgoers, who are naturally relieved to be able to attend a phenomenal concert production after a long period of isolation.

Devine Hendricks from Eerstervier who attended the concert says that spirits were high all round. “I could not stop dancince next to my car. Early B and Francois van Coke gave amazing performances!" Issy Salie from Milnerton adds that it was great to be able to attend a live concert again after months of lockdown. “The show was fabulous and the food was very good. The drive-in is a great idea and I hope it becomes a regular feature.”

Barry Botha, from Cape Town is impressed with the well-organised structure of the event. For him, the the blowing of car- hooters,  instead of clapping hands as applause, after the songs was a new experience. "After months of lockdown watching shows on screens, it was special to connect with people at a live event again and one could see the artists also experienced that.”

More Suidoosterfees drive-in productions running until 15 November include Klopse Jol!, PJ Powers and the Tygerberg-Children`s Choir, Die Variety Show that skriks vir niks, Lottering in Lockdown, Koortjies with Jonathan Rubain and Lag my kla’.

The kykNET Atlantic Drive-in theatre offers the City of Cape Town the opportunity to celebrate the arts throroughly after the lockdown period. The city therefore welcomes art lovers from all over the province. Special packages are on offer to enable visitors from afar to share in top class entertainment. Hotel packages from City Lodge, which include breakfast and entry to the drive-in theatre for two persons, as well as ‘roadhouse’ dinner, are available at R1 600.

This Suidoosterfees initiative was made possible by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, City of Cape Town, kykNET, NATi, Die Burger, Media24, Smile FM and Atlantic Studios.

Photo Credit Gys Loubser



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