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Eiffel Power

Okay so, it’s been a while. But there’s a good reason for this. More than one in fact. Here are three.

  • Our lease at the old place had passed its live-by date and grown mold and rotted off; as a result of this we saw fit to pack our things and flee what was once The Eiffel Tower, only to stumble upon yet another lucky-as-hell last-minute-deal on Gumtree. The last-minute-deal, of course, was to be our new place. And when I refer to ‘we’ I am referring to Lourens, Ian and myself.
    Unfortunately, leaving the old place proved slightly harder than initially imagined, and not because we’re bad at doing things (although that may have a little to do with it) but because of the sheer amount of useless- for lack of a better noun- SHIT that is accumulated after a year of living in what, at times, resembled a frat-house.
    And so, after many hard-lifting activities, backseat balancing acts and old-school geometry theorem chats whilst trying to figure out how to get a pool table through three rooms and up a flight of stairs without killing one of us in the process, we made it to the new Tower.
  • And as a result of the move, we had the pleasure of having to deal with Telkom again, so it has been a while since we’ve had a stable internet connection.
  • Another reason is that I got Assassin’s Creed 2. So I had to play it. For hours on end.

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

So besides being relocated and slightly wary of how cold the air is up here on the mountain, what else is new? Well this coming Saturday night, Akelian Circus will be hooking it with Stack Shot at The Nameless Pub. If you’re feeling adventurous perhaps extend a visit to The Purple Turtle in Long Street, Cape Town.


The 357’s, Boombox Troopers and DFrost will be laying the vibe on thick. Not up for that? Then take a gander down Lower Main Road, Obz at Obz Cafe and catch the Black Orchid Burlesque Troupe doing their thing. So don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do, m’kay?

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

On another note, I entered a competition with Cape MIC a while back and got selected. We have been given the task of arranging and organizing a festival of sorts, be it a evening event or a full-day festival. Cape MIC hooked up a fat sponsor and is now leaving it up to us to develop concept, date, theme, marketing, logistics, bookings et cetera. So I thought: why not just ask people for ideas? After all, it will be the same people who are likely to attend the festival anyway.

So I’m asking all of you to send ideas my way. You can e-mail me, tweet me, comment here or whatever. Any ideas for a festival you’d like to attend. Something different and fresh and inspired. Originality is encouraged.

That’s all for now. Peace.



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Infected by Cape MIC

I would like to welcome the newest writer on the site, Erick Smit. This is his account on the Battle of the Gigs Competition held by Cape MIC that we were both subject to last week. Put your hands together.
Nick Frost

As I strolled into the Cape MIC offices for a workshop arranged for successful applicants in their Battle of the Gigs Competition, looking rather like a smart/casual jaapie wearing my ‘kerk’ shoes, I couldn’t help feeling slightly over-dressed and distinctly like a primary-school girl who’s first crush just told her ‘you’re pretty cool’.

Needless to say, I was pretty amped being in the company of nineteen other like-minded individuals looking to enter the South African Music Industry with full force. The shortlisted group was diverse in both musical taste and location; major suburbs being represented included Somerset West, Guguletu, Parow, Cape Town itself and other areas I didn’t even know existed.
But strangely no Bellville boys? Has what ever has been in their Rock City waters dried up? Maybe it has finally migrated to other areas.

Cape MIC (Music Industry Commission) set out to flood our young group of marketers, graphic designers, event-coordinators and sound engineers with some awesome inside industry knowledge. It was clearly evident, from the get-go that Cape MIC had all of their bases covered; certainly as far as the music industry goes. To demonstrate, we started with an in-depth talk courtesy of Clive Ridgeway (of the Cape Town School of Song Writing), a reserved and pleasant man with a definite hint of hippie-lovechild somewhere in him, and a passion for all things: music. His talk was swiftly followed by Clyde Finlayson, the genius behind the Vortex Trance Festivals. His talk was no holds barred, hard-and-fast; if a talk could be a boxing match, this would be it. In Nick’s words, this guy likes to party.

It was a concise yet informative presentation touching on health and safety, marketing and coordination.

Over the next two days, Cape MIC lined up a yet more industry fundi’s to present us with inside details on what’s up in the SA Music Industry. Amongst these were Jess ‘Jeze-Bel’ Henson, a young (not to mention intimidating) music journo giving the latest scoop on Journalism and Marketing; Mark Klook from the City of Cape Town knuckled down and spoke about Damage Control and Safety; Hagar Graiser gave us valuable information regarding Branding and Workflow; Jonathan Mervis spoke about utilizing the Internet as a Marketing platform and finally, Lee Thompson, saxophonist from Hog Hoggidy Hog (amongst other acts) who gave a brief chat on Gigs and Bookings.

hog hoggidy hog

With our minds still spinning from the ridiculous amount of refined information we had just absorbed, Cape MIC launched us directly into some hands-on field work in the form of Guerrilla Marketing for the Spier Infecting the City Public Arts Festival (taking place from 13th – 20th of February).
And so we set out to help armed with sweet (free) t-shirt, various Infecting the City branded print-outs and such, and a roll of yellow and black striped (fitting with the theme) hazard tape. Our mission was to tape anything we could legally (or otherwise) lay our hands on; amongst these targets were business men, cops, cop cars, a Catholic Church, dust-bins, trees and a cigarette butt. We most certainly got the attention of the City. We know this because they eventually got hold of us and told us to take everything down. We didn’t. Obviously.

infecting the city


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