Metal Magic at Krank’d Up

This past weekend saw the 4th iteration of the ever growing Music Festival Krank’d Up at Sundowner’s Pub in Alberton. Set across a masterfully assembled outdoor main stage and a second indoor stage, the show was a glorious, sun scorching day and starry night filled with incredible live acts from both international talent as well as some of the best local metal on offer. The main shows were done by 36 Crazyfists, an alternative metal band formed in Anchorage Alaska and Monuments, a British Progressive metal band. Both bands were brought over specifically for Krank’d up and did the metal genre proud with their sets. [youtube id=”uVXSXr8to9k” width=”600″ height=”350″] Supporting Local bands included some great talent, from the whimsically named […]

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The Neighbours Magical Medievil Fayre, Now with Authentic Rain

 

 Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual Medieval Fayre, hosted by Neighbours. The weekend took off with a mostly welcomed return of the spring rains. Undeterred by all the falling wetness I pushed onward to the adventure. (You and I both know Scotland has two types of weather: Wet and Wetter. Ed) Despite being dreary, drizzling and mud soaked, I was immediately impressed with the turnout at the annual fayre. I surveyed my surroundings, all manner of stalls were there and people buzzed around like bees after mead. After successfully navigating the maze of mud and sludge I came across a series of blacksmiths hammering away, while on the horizon armoured knights were battling away. [youtube id=”vvhQBQpWKH8″ […]

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Group 73

If you liked the shoot outs in District 9. If you’ve enjoyed the explosive combat of Chappie. If the gun play in Elysium gave you malanky shivers, then Group73 are the people for you. Who are Group73? Group73 are a collaboration of highly skilled individuals with extensive experience in specialised units such as the South African Special Forces, Police Special Task Force, Presidential Protection, Police Dive Unit, Crime Scene investigation and various other military and police fields. We offer this collective expertise in the form of training, advice, specialised programmes, strategic action simulations, equipment and hands on assistance to the film industry, commercial interests and members of the public. So what’s the history of Group73? It started a few years […]

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Deathfest

Today we speak to Shaughn about the upcoming Johannesburg outdoor metal event, Deathfest. So, Deathfest, please explain to our non-Alternative fans what it’s all about. This festival is aimed at developing the newer bands and giving them a platform of international standard to perform on. They also get to learn and work with an international crew and if all goes well, this should elevate them to a better level than where they started off. What inspired you to host Deathfest? New bands battle to get chances as promoters like to stick to tried and tested line ups or line ups they think are working. With Deathfest, we hope to bring you something new and show you who is out there. […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 5, aka Goodbye for now

And here we are, at the end of an amazing day. It’s just got 11 PM, and Wookiee and I have just finished our last drink at the banquette. (I had a Guinness. He had a coke. Thought you’d like to know.) As I stand here, the cold night air crawling across Hubbard Park, followed closely by a soupy fog, I think back over the amazing day that we have had, and sadly of all the events we have missed. That’s right. Even we have regrets. Even though Geekfest 2015, has been an absolutely thrilling event, and our writers have experienced a number of amazing and fantastic happenings, we couldn’t see everything we wanted to see. There’s a list of […]

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Geekfest 2015

Deep in the urban jungle of South Africa, a discovery was made. A mosquito that had just taken a blood meal before being squished between the final pages of “Genetic engineering for Dummies”, is found. The last victim of this mosquito was a Geek. Long thought to have been extinct, this chance discovery means one thing: a chance to revive the species! So here there I was, safe and content in my office. I received a mysterious message via Facebook: an invitation to Geekfest. I had never heard of this event before so it piqued my interests and I accepted the invitation. On the 4th of July, I set off on an adventure to Geekfest to see what this was […]

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Geekfest: a Quest with a Goat

It was a crisp evening as Shadow and  (I) Wookiee strolled along the cosplay soaked fields of Geekfest. Merrily we made our way to the distant lands of archery to harass the the Cave Troll and his fellows at their stand. On the way to our destination we were bought to an abrupt stop upon hearing an alien rumbling in the distance. Carefully we headed in the direction of the bizarre din, and there, emerging from the trees, we encountered a majestic beast. Towering above cosplayer and man, the mighty Hazard Goat wielding his glorious axe of +12 sound. His horns glistening in the setting sun. His large muscular legs wobbling under the immense weight of his weapons of joy […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 4, aka There was a food fight!

We wander around the venue for an hour or so, getting to grips with the locals, the “normals”, the unique shops, their deliciously naughty products and their diverse myriad of owners. Soon we have sampled a plethora of tasty items. We’ve explored everything from comic books to home made armour. We have been met by, and greeted with love, a legion of Andy. (See what I did there Rebellion Boys fans?) In the distance a horde is massing in front of a large bouncy bag, as a queue of loons is led around a corner, raised high above it on a magnificent steel structure -all shiny and sexual- and the flung from it with a fury or screaming hair and wobbly […]

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GeekFest 2015 Cosplay Competition

As many of you will know by now, this past weekend saw one of the first major conventions of the year for Johannesburg. Geekfest. Now I am not going to go into depth of the event itself. (We’re covering that. -Ed) Rather I am going to be looking at the Geekfest cosplay completion form both a spectator’s view as well as someone who took part in the completion. The whole event was in a logistical nightmare and was one of the most poorly organised competitions. The competition started when the cosplayers were called to the -so called- stage area. With this call, the spectators also started to make their way towards the event to get a good view of the […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 3, aka It continues

A parade of winged dogs, and horned hounds begins the Cosplay Competition. Once they have been judged, the Hobbits are unleashed upon the stage. They sing and dance and perform as you would expect from tiny people -lots of enthusiasm and smiles, with demented foot work and awesome power slides. Some of the pets and children put on a better show than their parents. Then the crowd goes quiet as the main event begins! Over the course of the next 3 hours or so, seventy odd cosplayers take to the stage. Some of them come alone; others come in small teams; a few walk on, quickly bow and then leave. But the best -they put on a show worthy or […]

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