The grey clouds of Saturday morning luckily opened up, leaving a wispy blue sky and an icy wind. This didn’t stop the crowds flooding to Durbanville Racecourse for an afternoon of great music, culminating in headliner, UK-cutie and multiple Brit Award-nominee, George Ezra.
Seed Experiences had organised the venue well, with plenty of space and lots of bars, food trucks and toilets, making horrific concert queues a thing of the past. Oddly, the stage was set up under a huge marquee – I’d expected it to be outdoors, proper. Perhaps a preparation in case of rain?
The beautifully-cool Bongiziwe Mabandla opened up proceedings as concert-goers settled on blankets. He’s laidback on stage and has a gentle presence that filtered through the cold air as he sang and strummed his guitar.
Hot Water were next with their high-energy jumping, dancing and singing. It’s hard not to smile and be ever-so-proud to be South African hearing Wamkelekile. Xoliswa Tom and Donovan Copley have so much energy between them, it’s impossible to keep still. The crowd went wild as they invited a bunch of young girls onstage to learn how to move like the formidable band members.
Just back from travelling all over the world – these boys are moving and grooving – Beatenberg took to the stage and treated the crowd to a repertoire of their much-loved hits. There was plenty of swooning and screaming, especially from the young girls up front.
It was nothing, though, in comparison to the roar that greeted George Ezra’s entrance on stage, delightfully accompanied by the ‘Beans’ song. He’s a true stage star, friendly and open. His trademark deep voice is like drinking hot chocolate on a cold day. Apt, really, as the sun sank behind the Durbanville Hills and the temperature dipped further.
Ezra, however, kept the crowds warm, dancing and jumping – and laughing in-between – playing his hit tracks, from ‘Blame It On Me’ to ‘Cassy ‘O’ and a sweet cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl from the North Country‘. He’s fun. It was fun. A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
George Ezra performed at Durbanville Racecourse, Cape Town on Saturday 29 August 2015.