Cool as Folk JHB [Review]
By Jen Purchase
Last Friday we sent one of our photographers Jen to Cool As Folk at Town Hall, this is what she had to say about the gig…
Friday night was a perfect way to end February and enter March for all the contemporary-kids of Jo’burg at the seventh Cool as Folk event run by GreenPop and hosted in Newtown by the infamous Town Hall and their neighbour, The Woods.
GreenPop is an environmental organisation of tree-huggers trying to raise awareness and funds for tree-planting in Zambia. They got creative with advertising and decorated the grungy club with trees, fairy lights and brightly patterned fabric pennants. Their initiative was received well with Jeremy
Loops headlining along with other indie/folk bands supporting him in Town Hall; and some of South Africa’s popular underground DJs hitting up the decks in The Woods. The night started with the die-hards arriving before 7pm, getting free Jägermeister shots and quickly going south from there. More names were signed on bathroom walls, raffle tickets for Zambia were voluntarily bought under-the-influence as the green love was spread, and fans kept coming into the overcrowded, overheated venue.
Flint meets Spark, Touchwood, The December Streets and Bye Beneco set up the raddest introductory for Loops with their traditional instruments. Trumpets, shakers, xylophones, marimbas, and acoustic guitars played by barefoot artists on a rush got the crowd jamming and securing their front-row spot way before the main act started. The organisers of the event got people keen by giving away Jäger hampers during the night through raffle and Twitter competitions with the hashtag “#CoolAsFolk.”
For those used to Town Hall being filled with sociable deep house and drum ‘n bass fans, seeing protective groupies battle for a decent position near the stage was a bit of a mare, especially in the badly ventilated venue; so they rather spent their night in the Woods with Half ‘n Half, Sassquatch and a few more.
Jeremy Loops and his crew did an amazing job as always; although it was his first gig in the venue he got the crowd involved in his looping, offered to take selfies with the girls and made the night an intimate, worth-while jol for the folk-lovers who stayed. Jozi hardly gets to see Jeremy Loops, and for his first gig in Gauteng this year, he did a pretty solid set.
Overall the night was awesome after a few shots, free Sir Juice blends and for once a bit of instrumental music.
For more information on GreenPop and their creative ways of raising money visit: www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia
Review and photos by Jen Purchase