People can say what they like about the beauty of Cape Town, but winter in Johannesburg has to be the most exquisite in South Africa; crisp mornings quickly disappear, chased away by clear, blue, sunny skies without a cloud in sight. Parklife this year was met with one such day of perfect weather, and, mixed together with an array of fantastic music and great food, it made for a superb day out.
A great day of music, picnicking, dancing and food, it was indeed the epitome of indulgence. On the music front the highlights had to be Jeremy Loops, Modest Mouse, Prime Circle, Klingande, Kahn and American Authors, all of whom absolutely delivered and with three stages on rotation there was never a break in the either the music or the fun.
The gourmet food village was set between The Arch stage and the two main stages; a long walkway of familiar faces from all the gourmet food markets in Johannesburg. Highlights on the food front were focussed on all things meat for me: Pappou’s Prego’s serving the most deliciously sauced perinnaise chicken pregos with rocket on soft Portuguese buns, then there was the Barking Dog Smokehouse: think hunks of pork belly and rump smoked and braaid to perfection before being sliced and served to your liking, lastly, one of my favourites, Soul Souvlaki, was dishing up their traditional lamb, chicken or holoumi in pitas with tzatziki, tomato and red onion. We had just about one of everything and it was seriously good grub!
Drinks-wise the beer tent could have been a little better organised, long queues waiting to be served by an understaffed bar (something we’ve become accustomed to at festivals) caused frustration amongst the crowds desperate to get back to the live music, but at least everyone was in good spirits and took the long wait with a pinch of salt. It would have been a great addition to the gourmet idea to offer up some fun cocktails, good wines and wider range of drinks, but I’m sure it’s a suggestion that could be taken forward to the next Parklife festival.
In short, it’s a fantastic festival that’s well on its way to becoming a highlight in the Joburg diary of events. It’s fun, it’s clean, it’s friendly and I’ll definitely be back for another helping.
- Kate Liquorish