by Jen Purchase
Mud, rock n roll, mud, metal, mud, electronic music, mud, alcohol, spirit hoods and more mud. Jen went to RAMfest and this is what she thought of one of the biggest festivals in SA. She also took some rad photos! Check it out…
I don’t think that anyone could describe RAMFest 2014 to be anything less than epic; from the 6th-9th of March Gautengers missioned off to the middle of Bronkhorstspruit in their Jesus suits, spirit hoods and gumboots for the weekend. Surprisingly the overcast rainy weather barely stopped anyone; headbangers, trance-dancers and alcoholics pushed through the wet weekend just to see their favourite international bands (Foals, Trivium, Biffy Clyro, Killswitch Engage, VuvuVultures, and Camo and Krooked) playing on the four impressive stages sponsored by Red Heart Rum, Olmeca Tequila, Monster and Stellenbrau for RAMFest’s 8th birthday.
Drinks specials did well with only R50 for two double-vodka and Monsters; giving everyone enough gees for the entire weekend. In the early afternoons, hungover fans could go watch the stand-up comedy acts and at night you could watch fire dancers that entertained you while you sat down and regained energy before the next set.
Burgers, pancakes, stir-fries and a kak-load of different forms of potato were sold by local families who were passionate about solving munchies. Hunters promoter girls handed out yellow glow-sticks that made for quite good drink-stirrers, and instead of girls throwing underwear at artists, there were mass showers of these rad glow-sticks landing on the stage.
The music, food, drinks, weather was all pretty awesome but what made the whole weekend were the people there. Neighbours were braaiing together, helping out with blown away tents, trading booze for bankies, helping you up after tripping on tent-strings and looking past the very obvious language barrier of the Afrikaans and the English.
Entertainment from the South African artists such as Shortstraw, Haezer, Niskerone and ISO did a job just as sick as the international acts. They kept the crowd going with trippy visuals and men in bikinis, and sometimes joined you for a drink with you in the beer tent.
If you still aren’t recovering and trying to recall memories from the stellar weekend you didn’t do it right. Every weekend should be as dirty as RAMFest 2014.
[Party spirit hood peeps]
[The calm before the storm]