Sunday, October 01, 2006

Rocking the Windswept Tundra

So, despite no daisies in anywhere Rocking the Daisies (in a cow field somewhere near Darling) was good, muddy fun. No clean water, except Valpre from the bar at R8 for 500ml, and also the heavy rain on Saturday night. The Rudimentals, Hogg Hoggidy Hog constituted the punk side of the gig and were fun as always - the Finklesteins also played, giving everyone a chance to trip over eachothers tents looking for the showers (which weren't there. ha ha got you with the flyer, didn't we). Other bands were The Parlotones, who actually got to play this time, and The Dirty Skirts - really good despite being achingly indie and looking very cold in their skinny jeans.

Anyway the whole gig was in aid of South Africans Against Drunk Driving, which is an admirable cause but I think maybe misdirected. Their strategy seems to revolve around stricter laws and better enforcement - both important but not the whole story. I'd rather see the money they raise going towards providing alternative transport so that there is no reason to drink and drive. Enforcement is not a priority to an already stretched police force and judicial system. Along with the taxes already imposed on all alcohol, and the annual contribution of SAB etc to the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use, this could fund some kind of subsidised-but-not-free taxi scheme, which could be much more effective.

Anyway, a cool festival - someone doing something isin any case better than the rest of us just blogging about how things should be done!


Blogger Master Jack said...

Hey, my admiration for the Parlotones has been growing - might actually get around to buying the album very soon! Are they any good live?

3:47 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

They're cool live :) and we don't see them much in Cape Town, but the vibe during their set was great anyway so they clearly have some fans this way. Or, it might just have been the beer :p

1:26 PM  

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