It was a family friendly event hosted at Emmarentia dam. International artists Foster the People, Mac Miller and Beardyman, as well as local acts Shortstraw, Grassy Spark and Sol Gems performed for the day. Crowds showed up in their masses and weaved in and out of food stalls and the beer garden. Virgin Active had the well-being of the crowd in mind with free lipice and sunscreen throughout the day. Lipton Ice Tea debuted two new flavours of their famed drink, while showering fans with water at their promo stand.

Sol Gems, who call Johannesburg home, opened up the event as the first act to take the stage. The sun gaze band were joined by artists Ruby and Jenny and they eased the crowd into the day and kept spirits high with their smooth and upbeat sound. Shortstraw, who are already an established crowd favourite, hyped up the growing crowd with familiar hits like “Bikini weather” and “Keanu Reeves”. Grassy Spark coaxed crowds out of their camping chairs and into the stage area.

UK act, Beardyman, wowed crowds with an interactive performance of his unique mix of techno and electro-rave music, live looping skills and talented beatboxing. The highlight of his performance was his own composition constructed live on stage especially for the performance. Philadelphia born new-school hip hop artist Mac Miller kept crowds jumping and rapping along to a set that consisted of content from his previous releases, as well as his 2016 release The Divine Feminine. Grammy award winners Foster the People were the headliners for the event and closed off the three day festival with a loud, energetic and unforgettable performance. The band had the crowd hooked from start to finish and played a varied selection of hits from all of their albums, including the popular “Pumped up kicks”, as well as “Best friend” and “Houdini”.

The sunburn on the sunny summer day had to be that the experience was somewhat marred by security personnel who were uninformed and rude. They were unable to assist patrons who had their personal belongings stolen or needed medical assistance. However, One-eyed Jack, coordinators of the event, and their staff were professional and polite. Overall, Superbalist In the City was an enjoyable Sunday in the sun.


Photo: Kirsty McKay.

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