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Sensation SA Innerspace 2013 – My review

Many people are surprised to hear that I attend some of the big EDM parties – it doesn’t seem to fit with my perceived image.  Their idea of these things is grossly inaccurate and I find great entertainment is people’s facial expressions when I tell them I’m going to a “rave”. But I do love to immerse myself in a different world from time to time, where the DJ and visual effects take your heart right down into your stomach and then explode it out again through your brain (really not sure how else to explain it).

So here’s my review of the much talked about Sensation Innerspace party last night.

The visual effects were phenomenal. Really. The elaborate revolving stage and DJ booth, fountains of water and lights, massive white balls hanging from the ceiling that lit up different colours and moved with the music, fireworks, smoke explosions, digital screens, it was unbelievable.

Sensation SA Innerspace 2013

The Deluxe area was great. Clean bathrooms with free perfume samples, plenty of open space, seating, tables, couches, coat check, decent bars (although they ran out of a lot of basics quite early, which was really unacceptable, considering the ticket price that didn’t include any free drinks). The sound there was great. A walk down in the general area showed some serious sound echo issues, though, which would have driven me bonkers.

As for the music, well, it was less than desirable for me, I’m afraid. Put a decent trance DJ on the stage and I’m happy, but the music last night was really not my style. I don’t think it was a lot of people’s style either. The crowd was quite young, though and this was likely their “first rave”, so they would have enjoyed whatever EDM was blasting through the speakers, I’m sure (me=judging).

My summary? Great production and a phenomenal visual show. Ruined by the music, the “wet-behind-the-ears” crowd and being heavily overpriced.

We Are One Colour Festival, Joburg-style

In case you have been living under a rock, Joburg has been buzzing with We Are One Festival talk. The event took place yesterday afternoon at Emmarentia Dam and painted the usually quiet park into a bright and vibrant festival of colour and music.

A simple Google search will show you more than enough form the festival, but here is my take, seeing that I have not done an event review in a while.

The event is based loosely on the Hindu Holi Festival, which celebrates ‘the season of bloom’ and is also a religious celebration, dubbed ‘The Festival of Colour’. The main feature of the We Are One event was colour explosions of brightly coloured powder on the hour, every hour, while EDM DJ’s entertain the masses all afternoon.


Hands down, the messiest (and most colourful) festival I have ever attended, it was loads of fun getting down and dirty with the coloured powder. As the first one in Johannesburg, it went down very well. The bar and toilet situation was… well… less than desirable, though, so I’m hoping that gets a bit more attention next year and I’ll be more than happy to go again! Give me a VIP section and I’ll be over the moon…

Other than feeling like I’d snorted rainbows all day yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of colour and madness.

As for the religious outrages about this event, it was not a religious festival, it was an afternoon of madness and colour with some EDM going down too. No need to get all uppity about it. Merely a very cool party with a very cool theme.

Not a lot of pics from me this time, I’m afraid – my dainty little white iPhone did not cope very well in the powder storms, but seeing the photography that came out of the day yesterday is phenomenal!

Explosions of colour at the We Are One festival in Johanesburg

Explosions of colour at the We Are One festival in Johannesburg

Kings? of Leon

Pic from dailymaverick.co.za

Since the Kings of Leon concert in Jozi on Saturday, the mixed reviews and the ‘they rocked my world’ vs ‘they sucked’ banter continues. I’m feeling left out so I thought I’d add my own to the pot.

So let’s start with the build-up…

Seeing that they cancelled their show in April, fans have been waiting for months in anticipation for some good ol’ American rock to grace our beautiful FNB stadium (Soccer City). The marketing around this event was really good. All you heard for weeks before the concert was ‘Kings of Leon’ ‘Kings of Leon’ Kings of Leon’. It was great to see how well social media was used for this event as well and it reinforces my passion for business in the social space! Nokia had some decent ‘Kings of Leon trivia’ going on their blog, 5fm was punting the event and the sponsors like crazy and Twitter was alive with the KOL buzz.

Excellent so far.

Once at the stadium (seems like all transport facilities worked out very well), the supporting SA bands were excellent! I only arrived at the end of Shadowclub‘s set, but they were brilliant! Die Heuwels Fantasties, although not my kind of thing, had such an energetic stage presence, it actually didn’t matter that half the time I didn’t know what they were singing.

Enter the Kings.

Amazing stage, screens and lighting. A+ for sound quality and performance by them, but on stage presence they get an F. They performed technically perfectly and sounded exactly like they do on their recorded albums, but I did find myself letting out a yawn or four. The fireworks display at the end of the show did redeem them, though, I must say.

So technically, yes, they were brilliant, but in personality, yes, they sucked.

That is my 2 cents worth of this debate. Feel free to leave your comments and have your say too.

Nonetheless, I think we should all say a very well done to Nokia, 5fm, Big Concerts, SABC3 and everyone involved in putting this all together, first class indeed.