Parking off at Parklife in the 031
What could be more Durban than chilling on the grass under palm trees with mates, sipping on ice cold beers and listening to some of the best artists this country has to offer? Not very much I tell you… Durbs is just too kiff.
On the 11th June, we packed our picnic blanket and headed down to the Durban Botanic Gardens for the inaugural Parklife Gourmet Street Food and Music Festival. Trust us, it was so incredible that we have spent all the time since feeling sorry for ourselves that it is over (we are counting down the days until the next one!).
On a side note: Well done Durban, what incredible support!!
It was so great to see the large diverse crowd singing and dancing all through the day. Trendy teenage girls, relaxed groups of families, boets, grandparents and even a few couples still in the “honeymoon phase” – who could blame you, it was so easy falling in love to the sound of Matt Simons – were all just having a blast!
The weather was perfect and with music that would entice almost anyone, there was literally no better place to be in Durban than at Parklife.
No worries, Parklife had you covered… everything from food trucks of gourmet burgers, to authentic street style Tandoor wraps, and the new and exciting Eggloo waffles were available.
No worries, Parklife had you covered… there seemed to have been a tasty craft cider in every over 18 year old’s hand.
We were so spoilt for choice at Parklife, so much so that they gave us not only 1 but 2 stages. I’m not sure who came up with the saying “local is lekker” but in terms of music, it was definitely all true at Parklife. Local Durban duo, Dominic Hurd and Jude Kenrick from Easy Freak kicked off the day with their eclectic mix of Pop/Electro/Funk/Soul at the Park stage while Durban’s own Kyle Deutsch and Sketchy Bongo set the lake stage alive. The sweet and shy Matthew Mole grew in confidence as the crowd cheered him on louder and louder, ending with him cooling the crowd down by beating his drum covered in water.
International talent like De Hofnar from the Netherlands, Melvv and Matt Simons from the USA, and finally Gavin James from Ireland flew out to South Africa to provide us with a mix of sexy, pop acoustic, electronic, and house-esque style music.
Just as the sun was starting to set, we were treated to two final BIG names in SA Music, Jeremy Loops serenaded the ladies, while managing to get all the guys dancing to his modern folk sounds. Like a practised performance, the crowd sang word for word while the sky was lit up with giant white balloons passed from person to person.
And then there was one…
I’m not sure if Goodluck closed off the event, or started the after party, but what a vibe! In traditional Goodluck fashion the ever energetic Julz worked every inch of the stage. Not only was their performance pretty much flawless, but it was so nice to see the dynamics of Ben and Matt enjoying every minute in front of the Durban crowd. We definitely have a soft spot in their heart and there is no doubt that you couldn’t see it on their faces.
The memories of that perfect Sunday session will live on for months to come.