Obs Arts cel­e­brates again

Or­gan­is­ers prom­ise a big­ger and safer event this year for the fes­ti­val that of­fers food, mu­sic and de­vel­op­ment of art as so­cial change

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GET READY for a feast of live mu­sic, street per­form­ers, and spo­ken word and mar­ket good­ies at this year’s Obs Arts Fes­ti­val, which or­gan­is­ers prom­ise will be “big­ger and safer”.

The fes­ti­val starts on Fri­day at 6pm and or­gan­is­ers, The Ob­ser­va­tory Vil­lage of Arts NPO ( Obs Arts), are ex­pect­ing more than 15 000 vis­i­tors.

Founded in 2010, Obs Arts is set on pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing arts and cul­ture in Ob­ser­va­tory and around the city.

Prof­its made by the com­pany are re-in­vested in projects to fur­ther de­velop art as a means for so­cial change.

With the mu­sic line-up of lo­cal heavy­weights such as ak­ing, Bed on Bricks, Hot Water, Gazelle, The Rudi­men­tals, Dan Pat­lansky, Idols 2011 run­ner-up Mark Haze, Tidal Waves and more, this will be a party not to be missed. Over the years the event has seen masses of fes­ti­val- go­ers on the streets of Ob­ser­va­tory and sur­round­ing buzzing bars com­ing to­gether to en­joy good mu­sic and a va­ri­ety of food.

“We are re­ally stoked to be on this year’s line-up. Over the years Ob­ser­va­tory has pro­duced some of South Africa’s top-notch bands,” says Mike Hardy, Bed on Bricks lead vo­cal­ist and song writer.

A reg­u­lar fea­ture on the main stages of the coun­try’s ma­jor mu­sic fes­ti­vals such as Op­pikoppi and Ramfest, the four-mem­ber band – which also in­cludes Tim Rankin, Schalk van der Merwe and Dave van der Lin­den – is ready to “hit the road again”.

“We went crazy in the last seven years; we burnt out and needed a breather. We’ve had a good rest and now we are back on the wagon,” says gui­tarist Van der Lin­den.

Hav­ing col­lec­tively been in the mu­sic in­dus­try for a while, their re­spect for each other’s tal­ent has kept the band go­ing through the years.

They de­scribe their sound as “funk rock with a bit of reg­gae” and when Bed on Bricks belt out their hit songs Hu­ma­narium and Starzan, the stage is elec­tri­fied.

“Our songs are in­spired by life and the uni­verse, they come from a lot of things like so­cial commentary,” says Hardy, the man be­hind the fast and catchy lyrics.

With four al­bums re­leased over the years – Hu­ma­narium, If You See Kay, Royal Honey and Take Aways – Bed on Bricks will be do­ing things dif­fer­ently this time.

From De­cem­ber 15 they will be realising one new song a month through an online artist man­age­ment we­site, www.air­borne­mu­sic. com.

“CDS are ex­pan­sive these days and they don’t sell, so we are go­ing vi­ral,” added Van der Lin­den.

Bed on Bricks will be per­form­ing on Fri­day on the main stage at 10pm at the Obs Arts Fes­ti­val.

This year the event will also in­clude a kid’s zone and vis­ual arts such as shop win­dow gal­leries and an in­ter­ac­tive graf­fiti mu­ral.

It will take place on the Ob­ser­va­tory Vil­lage Green, the sur­round­ing roads and the vi­brant bars, cafes and restau­rants around the area.

Fes­ti­val tick­ets are R50 for Fri­day, R70 for Satur­day and R20 for Sun­day, and it’s R90 for an all-week­end pass (De­cem­ber 9, 10 and 11). Tick­ets can be bought at Webtick­ets. See www.ob­sarts.org.za, e-mail info@ob­sarts.co.za or call Lee-ann Sas­man on 073 997 4217.

Twit­ter@non­tando58 non­tando.mposo@inl.co.za

MU­SIC AT THE FES­TI­VAL: Bed on Bricks take to the main stage on Fri­day.

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