Tonight marked my first top night of 2014. I saw my new favourite band, Bastille, (sorry Kings of Leon) perform live at one of my favourite places in the world, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town with a group of my best friends.
The supporting band, Bed on Bricks, kicked off the evening with their set as they celebrated their ten-year anniversary. Interestingly, the lead guitarist of Bed on Bricks is the older cousin of Bastille’s lead singer, Dan Smith. Yes, the musical God aka singer and song-writer, Dan Smith, is from South African descent. His parents are originally from South Africa but now live in the UK. This made his performance at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town that much more special.
The pure talent and hipster swag of Bastille’s four-piece band captivated the Kirstenbosch crowd. Unlike some bands, they played their well-known songs first and then introduced some of their new material. Bastille reinvent well-known songs and performed a superb rendition of ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’. They choreographed the crowd into a jumping wave of happiness. I think every one of us couldn’t resist smiling while singing along to the old school hit.
The final song Bastille performed was Pompeii which has become my anthem while cleaning toilets onboard the luxury super yacht I work aboard. The lyrics, “How am I going to be an optimist about this?” played on repeat in my mind over the very homesick months towards the end of last year. It was so rewarding to see them perform Pompeii live while I’m on holiday at home in Cape Town. This made tonight even more special. Yes, I’m being sentimental.
Thank you Mike, Gareth, Jess, Rich, Julz, Dale and Nicole for an unforgettable, awesome night.