To review Beatenberg’s performance at Hard Rock Café we need to start at the end. Matt, Ross and Rob did not even have the chance to put their instruments and drum sticks down, drink some water, or catch their breath, before a queue of adoring fans had formed at the stage. Each face as eager as the one in front, waiting for their chance to run on and take photos with the guys.
The great thing about Beatenberg is that they won’t just stand there and smile for your photo – They’ll grab your phone, take selfies, and photobomb each other, and have fun with you and your mates. Which, when you’re a fan as adoring as theirs are, means the world to you.
Seriously, these fans adore Beatenberg, and that admiration and love is something special to see in peoples’ eyes. One girl (as far as I remember her name was Cassandra?) even brought the band a huge slice of her birthday cake.
For me, the best part of a Beatenberg gig, is the diversity of the crowd who comes through to support them. I think the magic lies in the groovy nature of their music – it doesn’t matter how you would usually define yourself – hippie, rocker, hipster or pop princess – when Beatenberg’s guitar riffs start flowing, your hips sway and your face smiles… Because it’s fun to dance! (So do it more often!)
I had only previously seen Beatenberg perform on very large stages (Parklife, JHB in 2013 and Bastille, JHB 2014) and both times they commanded the stage incredibly well. I was captivated and engaged the whole way through their set. So I was interested to see what they’d be like on a much smaller stage, in a more intimate setting. To no surprise, they pulled the same thing off at Hard Rock Café – they had me interested from the get-go and I didn’t even mind that they played ‘Chelsea Blakemore’ twice!
These guys are from Cape Town, so they ooze all the right kind of “chilled-out, relaxed, easy-going” kind of vibes. It makes them respectful musicians who are enjoyable to watch and really pleasant people to spend time with. What more could the Beatenberg groupies ask for?