On Friday we saw Nuwave and 5FM partner up to bring international legends Basement Jaxx to the ever so beautiful city of Cape Town (followed up by a party in Jozi).
Lets start with the venue…
The party was hosted at the V&A Waterfront at a venue called The Lookout. It was pretty epic, with some really awesome views of the harbour and some sand and palm trees outside, which made the jol feel rather tropical. The venue could definately have housed more than the 1300ish people that forked out their cash to go see the Basement Jaxx play (unless you won the MCBN competition that is) with ease.
However, I have to mention the absolutely MASSIVE fail with regards to the bars and bathrooms. Let me just say… there were FAR too few of both!! No-one should wait 30 mins or more to get a drink at the ONLY bar in the venue and I am fairly positive that its unnacceptable to wait even 15 mins for a whizz if you’re a girl (its harder to hold it in- apparently).
Next up the artists on the night…
All of the supporting acts absolutely rocked it and represented hard for SA including the likes of Roger Goode, who had a stormer and Goodluck who had the unenviable task of coming on after Basement Jaxx.
I also have to give a special mention to the guy (pictured above) who was singing with the dj’s that were on just before Basement Jaxx. Failure guy… to sing over the likes of Deadmau5 Strobe at a dance event is sacrilage- you should never be allowed back to one- ever.
The Basement Jaxx set:
The Basement Jaxx themselves played a set composed entirely of dribble- jungle funk/commercial/euro rave- being a fan it was horrendous to listen to. Its like they thought SA was musically uneducated and mildly slow.
The mixing was utterly shocking & then one of them was sampling his own voice over the Raindrops track, which I adore- and THAT was super shit. I promptly went outside to enjoy one of the better things about the party… the venue’s view.
Such a massive change from the last time they were down here with their live set along side the likes of Eric Morillo etc at the Castle like 6 years back. After the likes of Paul Oakenfold earlier this year- which tore the roof off of SA venues- I think that Nuwave and 5FM kind of missed the boat with booking the Basement Jaxx (although its not really their fault that the BJ’s pnwed it so hugely). I’m sure that the next event they have planned on their calendar is going to be something we can all get hugely amped about (for the most part they generally are)…
Next time ask MyCityByNight who to bring down first- we’ll tell you who is cool 🙂