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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lee-ann Sasman on 073 997 4217.
MUSIC AT THE FESTIVAL: Bed on Bricks take to the main stage on Friday.