Besides a technical difficulty on the main stage on Friday night, RAMfest 2013 Rocked Joburg this past weekend (15th & 16th March) at Riversands Farm. South African Music fans were treated to an array of top local bands rocking both the Red Heart Main Stage and the smaller Boom Stage as well as some top beats being delivered at the Olmeca Electronic Stage.
Bring Me The Horizon walking out onto the Red Heart Main Stage
RAMfest really upped their game this year with amazing stages and an awesome layout with plenty of bars and food stalls available for everyone’s needs. And for the first time in a long time there were no issues with queues and hours of waiting to get drinks, the Cashless card system worked wonders.
Fuzigish entertaining as usual
Monster Energy were there in full force with great drink specials and their signature big setups which included chill stations under their huge tents and the crowd favourite, the Freestyle Motocross Jam Sessions. FMX Riders, Scott Billett, Mike Oyston, Dallan Goldman, Stuart Couper, Nick de Wit and Alastair Sayer put on an impressive show throwing huge extended tricks that had the fans screaming for more. Each show was ended off with a few trains where each rider was pulling a different trick right behind each other. Alastair Sayer finished it off by Backflipping the gap.
Alastair Sayer Backflipping during the Monster Energy FMX Jam
Each musician that graced the stages of RAMfest did so for a reason and that reason is because they are damn good and they deserve to be there. Each with their own unique sound and with their diehard fans screaming stage side, they made RAMfest the success it was. Some of these acts that stood out for us were Jet Black Camaro, Short Straw, Low Profile, Rambling Bones, Double Adapter, Sibot, Deity’s Muse, Truth And Its Burden, Fuzigish, Van Coke Kartel and Pestroy. French band, The Inspector Cluzo, were talented and interesting as hell as a two piece band but it was Jack Parow that owned Friday night with one of the best performances we have ever seen from him.
Talented and interesting French band – The Inspector Cluzo
Van Coke Kartel
Jack Parow owned Friday Night
The always rocking Pestroy
The internationals that everybody had been waiting for finally arrived on stage on Saturday evening. Pendulum & Verse blew the Olmeca Electronic Stage away but it was Bring Me The Horizon and the band that so many South Africans had been waiting to see for so many years, Rise Against, that drew the masses to the Red Heart Main Stage. BMTH rocked so hard and without a doubt gained a shit load of new fans that didn’t know of them or what to expect from them. Their stage presence was pure awesomeness. Rise Against…Wow…What can we say? Except that they rocked our world and delivered more than we could have ever expected. Admittedly being huge fans of theirs we left RAMfest 2013 with our minds rocked, voices gone and smiles on our faces.
The mind-blowing Rise Against
Well done RAMfest and all the sponsors that made this festival epic: Red Heart Rum, Monster Energy, Rolling Stone, Hunters, Music Connection, Olmeca Tequila, Lipton Iced Tea, Black Label, MK and Ticketbreak. We cannot wait to see what’s in store for 2014.
Check out some of the photos we snapped over the weekend: