RAMfest back in Bay with electronic vibes

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

FOLLOWING the success of the Port Elizabeth leg of last year’s RAMfest, the event organisers say they are once again bringing a DJ line-up set to surprise festival goers and leave them wanting more.

Last year, the festival included both alternative and the electronic drum and bass genre but as the culture of the electronic grows in the city, the event organisers are giving a platform to this genre this year.

International sensation Pendulum, accompanied by Verse, will perform favourites from their albums Hold Your Colour, In Silico and Immersion.

Pendulum can be described as a drum and bass group which incorporates hard rock, heavy metal, electronic rock, dubstep and electrobeat. The group can be seen on the Olmeca Electronic Stage at the festival.

Adding local flavour to the line-up are the Guns ‘N Lazers (G’NL) duo Miki-San and Skullmonkey, who describe their sound as “broad-based electronic bass”.

Miki-San, son of soccer supremo Danny Jordaan, said the duo started performing for friends and it grew to where they were able to firmly cement an electronic dance scene in the city.

“We put the first roots out for electronic music in PE. We established a culture of electronic music in the city so much so that RAMFest wants to return with an electronic sideline festival in the city.

“Pendulum is one of the best acts in the electronic music business and we are opening for them. We feel it is a tip of the hat from RAMfest to have the privilege of opening for the international set.” Miki-San said the roots of this type of music was very much like oppositional reggae.

This dynamic duo has played with Rubix Qube, PH Fat, Little Leigh from Dirty Dubbin (UK) and at a New Year’s Eve bash in Kenya in 2010 and 2011 for a social upliftment programme.

Also on the main stage will be a South African favourite Das Kapital. The Cape Town music producer refuses to be tied down by one particular genre. The 21-year old described his music as being “deeply connected and aiming to make people dance, with intricate percussion, brooding melodies and dark basslines”.

Other artists set to perform at RAMFest include Jay-B, Dane Mitchell and Le Prezident on the Olmeca Electronic Stage and Morne Munro, Pete Larkin, Renaldo and Loud Lungs on the Panache Stage.

The festival takes places at Old Grey next Friday March 15. Gates open at 4pm, with shows starting at 5pm (Panache Stage) and 6pm (Olmeca Electronic Stage). Tickets are available online at www.ticketbreak.co.zaat R100 or can be bought from Old Grey or at the door at R150.

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