By: Natasha Archary
This past weekend thousands of Electronic Dance Music enthusiasts flocked to Cape Town and Johannesburg for the biggest international event of the year. Ultra South Africa 2019, brought heavyweights and international headliners to the country for two nights.
For one of the biggest dance music festivals in the world, with phases in Australia, Ibiza, Europe, Brasil, Singapore to name a few, to grace the shores of South Africa is a huge feat. A trend that is gaining momentum with many musical tours coming to the country in the first half of the year already.
Lauryn Hill, Tamia, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Erykah Badu at last year’s Delicious. Drawing in 15 000 people to Cape Town and a whopping 25 000 to the Johannesburg venue, shows that the numbers don’t lie. South African’s are buying into the international music festivals, like kids in a candy store.
What must go into the planning?
Before an international tour or leg of a concert makes its way to the country, the vetting process for venue and appropriate dates are surely considered. An event of this magnitude, with 15 000 people attending in Cape Town and 25 000 in Johannesburg would need the perfect open space.
From a production point of view, it would be difficult to fault the set-up, lighting and electric pyrotechnics. Samsung, a partner at the event, used the opportunity to showcase the S10. The phone is phenomenal. Then the artists have to be decided and with some of the biggest names set for our African skies in a few months, it’s incredible that the country is ranked as one of the top places to host these musical treats.
A culture for music
It could be that South Africans have a definite music culture. We live it, breathe it, eat it up and then hit repeat. It’s an innate part of who we are and as previously mentioned in a few of our Jazzuary pieces this began as early as the early 1940s.
Give us a strong beat, a deep rhythm, a fusion Afro-beat or jazzy tempo and we lap it up. The next big music festival is Corona Sunsets, which hits Cape Town in April for an epic night under the stars. With artists like Black Motion, Tresor, Da Capo, Sun-El-Musician and many more, you might want to make sure you have your tickets.
Thank you to Amplicon, Ultra SA as well as Samsung for the incredible hospitality and truly memorable night, until next year.
Which music festival or international artist are you most looking forward to see in the country this year?
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