I think I have been to pretty much every festival in South Africa over the past few years.
Stand up comedy has fast cemented itself into the framework of the bigger music festivals.
Quite often we are doing the festivals for ulterior motives. As in we the comics enjoy them too. So why not at least get to go to the festival with a performers backstage pass and get paid for it too.
This weekend saw me performing at RAMFEST for the first time. I will be honest. Of all the festivals I have been involved in, this was probably the first or maybe second one I would have done just to have seen the bands involved.
The stage provided for comedy was not exactly what we needed as comedians. But we made do with what we had (which was nothing) and stood in the burning sun and did some jokes. It went rather well if truth be told.
I wasn’t too familiar with the Foals before Ramfest. But I did a bit of homework and I was more than surprised to see just how good they are as a live band. I was almost worried that the Scottish band Biffy Clyro that was still to follow had quite a bit to live up to after the quality of the Foals performance. But this wasn’t to be the case in the slightest.
To put it in perspective. We all have a band or two that we have listened to just that little bit more than others. Over the past year or two in my travels. I found that they particularly suited my mood for walking around the many strange cities and what-not that I visited.
It is almost like they find just a few extra notes and melody in their music. It also has such a strange hypnotic drum pattern that I just adore it.
Anyway. The hit the stage and I was more than excited. The setting was pretty small and the size of the crowd more than suitable for the area. The sound was excellent and there were no big screens to divert your attention. This show was just about the guys.
They rocked the shit out of RAMFEST. I felt like I had just watched one of the finest shows of my life. Certainly the best thing I have ever had the chance to witness here in South Africa and more than any other festival to date. The crowd knew the tunes. We sang along.
Biffy Clyro. You guys were beautiful.