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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.

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Life should be a street party

Fete De La Musique

Fete de la Musique 2013 – Melville

I fell into the Melville Music Festival (Fete de la Musique, which happens annually) at the last minute yesterday and was struck by how few friendly and chilled out street parties we have in this big bad city of ours.  Walking up the street in Old Melville, we encountered the most fabulous, fun and funky vibes streaming out of every restaurant, shop and street corner. People were friendly and happy (and not falling over, drunk or fighting) and just happy to hang out and take it all in, beer in plastic cups and all.

That is what life should be like.

SadHappyCrazy spewed out the most profound thought of the week, while we were sitting at our plastic-covered table in the middle of the street, mesmorised by the goings-on around us:

“Life should be a street party”

I totally agree.


Fine Brandy.By Design – at Taste of Joburg 2012

Cool name, huh? Fine Brandy.By Design “is a collection of fine brandies that are changing how people see brandy, more especially how one consumes it.”

In plain English? Brandy cocktails, baby!

Introducing…The Franklin!

OudeMeester Demant, bitters and ginger ale, with lemon rinds. Oh Em Holy Crap – favouritist favourite!

Do yourself a favour and get down to the Taste of Joburg show at Monte Casino (started last night and on all weekend) and hit the Fine Brandy.By Design stand. They have the most delicious brandy cocktail and food pairing. Being a veggie, I had the mushroom risotto paired with The Franklin…twice…it was amazing.

For the meaties, they also had two meat options – I didn’t pay too much attention, but I seem to remember that they were some sort of pork belly and lamb dishes paired with brandy cocktails.

I am an absolute convert to the brandy revolution, if you haven’t realised yet. It’s no longer a drink for the old man in his library leather chair with his cigar, it’s freshened up and funky.

P.S. The Taste festival this year is really something to try out – I had so much fun tasting everything! I’d really recommend it for an evening out in Jozi. If you’re tweeting, hashtag is #TOJ2012 and handle is @TasteofJoburg