This past weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with Texx of Texx in the City and making our way to Jozi for a 2 day festival, the inaugural Pure&Crafted SA that took place at Ground in Muldersdrift. Thousands of Jolbergers came out to experience the Pure&Crafted festival which provided the festival goer with some of the best motorcycling, music (2 stages; 1 band stage and one forest stage which included a DJ set up and an environment that was hard to explain to the outside world, let alone leave), incredible food trucks, drinks and the outdoors which in Jozi seems to happen ever so often.
Arriving on the Saturday, with very little sleep from the Union Pop Up bar, courtesy of Bulldog Gin, it became evidently clear that this two-day event brought together people from all walks of life, riders and non-riders alike, as there was so much on offer. Even a heavy bout of rain on Saturday didn’t dampen any spirits as many people partied into the night – it was actually the highlight of my day. The dance floor in the forest was a sheltered little cave with everything you needed to keep you going throughout the night. To be honest, it became our stronghold for most of Saturday.
We wandered through one of the most beautiful vineyards (in Jozi, who would have thought, right?), where we walked into live stunts by French stunt rider Big Jim, who flew to South Africa especially to perform at the festival. Riders got to test ride new BMW motorcycles, enjoy some off-road riding and participate in out rides through the scenic Muldersdrift countryside. The coolest thing for me was that the bikes on display were available for purchase and it looked like a few had been sold by the time I headed back to Cape Town. Lucky I wasn’t balling this weekend, otherwise I might have gotten one myself.
Other highlights throughout the festival was the live music performances across the Main Stage, Forest stage and Munich Garden Stage which was one of the coolest beer tents around. Some familiar names were gracing the stages including Goodluck – A MyCityByNight all time favourite, Southerland, Dean Fuel, Abby Nurock, Warren Bokwe, Michael Lesnar and many more. One of the sets that stuck out for me was Sunday midday by Kyle Worde. Hats off mate.
There was so much going on throughout the two days, it’s interesting how a festival like this hasn’t taken place in Cape Town. There was a live tattooing station which was fully booked, I almost got my beard trimmed at Freedom Hair and there was more than enough entertainment to keep the kids occupied throughout the weekend. Kids were kept entertained at the dedicated kids’ area that boasted face-painting, jumping castles and rides.
Massive shoutout to the BMW Motorrad team, Pure&Crafted & One Eyed Jack for a solid weekend of food, dancing & fun. I’ll definitely head back next year. Oh and while we’re doing shoutouts, thanks to eTV for the Openview HD decoder.
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