Dis­cover your in­ner bomb­shell

Dusty Rebels and the life­style fes­ti­val will take you back to when rock­a­billy ruled air­waves

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE third Dusty Rebels And The Bombshells life­style fes­ti­val takes place next week­end, and read­ing its tagline you’d be for­given for think­ing it’s a lit­tle bit hippy: “a plat­form that in­spires unique­ness, self-ex­pres­sion and cre­ativ­ity”.

It’s not un­true, but in this case it refers to the rock­a­billy, pin-ups and petrol heads cul­ture with a throw­back to every­thing that made the 1950s great. You can ex­pect a day of bands and DJs play­ing mainly rock­a­billy – and prob­a­bly a bit of dirty coun­try thrown in, gor­geous gals with teased hair and bright red lips, quiffs and side­burns, rolled up sleeves show­ing tat­toos, roller derby, hot rods on and off the dirt track, food stalls and bars, bur­lesque, fash­ion show, pin-up pageant (see along­side), a fun fair, swing danc­ing, games, and gen­eral all-round fun.

Bands per­form­ing on the main stage in­clude The Dixie Pricks, Mr Cat And The Jackal, The Ra­trod Cats, Them Tor­na­dos, Martin Rocka And The Sick Shop from Joburg, and The Damned Crows, among oth­ers. The main stage will be em­ceed by An­ton Mar­shall, who has pre­vi­ously played at Dusty Rebels with his band Long Time Cit­i­zen.

“Life­style fes­ti­vals are a dime a dozen th­ese days, but few re­ally still cre­ate a sense of com­mu­nity like Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells,” he said. “It’s partly be­cause all the peo­ple, stalls, items and en­ter­tain­ment re­flect unique per­son­al­i­ties and styles, all of course con­nected by a root stylism of the 1950s and 1960s. Fash­ion, mu­sic, street cul­ture of the time – th­ese all col­lide with a mod­ern-day out­look for 12 ex­cit­ing hours on a day like this.

“But first and fore­most, it’s an ex­cep­tion­ally colour­ful fes­ti­val. Here, you’ll see the fash­ion en­thu­si­asts of rock ’n’ roll cul­ture out in full force, sport­ing their coifs, chains, cowlicks, pinup hair, makeup and dresses. And the best part about it is most of th­ese peo­ple won’t be ‘dressed up’. This is who they are, and this is what they do.

“Same for the petrol heads who break out their vin­tage cars for dis­play and even for a turn around the Dick­ies Dirt Track, which is hugely pop­u­lar with the pun­ters, and track host Paul Sn­od­grass, who lit­er­ally burst his pants when he vol­un­teered to get in one of the hotrods.

“I’m per­son­ally re­ally pleased this fes­ti­val is largely the brain­child and ex­e­cu­tion of two women – Maria Vasco and Zigi Stry­dom – who over the past few years have worked tire­lessly to de­velop the event from small be­gin­nings to what it is to­day. Their vi­sion fo­cuses very much on the aes­thetic of the day.”

KC Royal, lead singer and gui­tarist for The Ra­trod Cats, who are play­ing their third Dusty Rebels, said: “The crowd and peo­ple at­tend­ing have in­creased, as well as the di­ver­sity of the crowd. This year’s in­clu­sion of South Africa’s first pin-up con­test is a big high­light. We are look­ing for­ward to play­ing with Them Tor­na­dos and Martin Rocka again.”

Cats drum­mer Rick-a-Billy said: “Dusty Rebels has a huge place on the SA mu­sic cal­en­dar as it’s a one of a kind fes­ti­val that show­cases so well the style, mu­sic and essence of the rock­a­billy cul­ture.”

● Dusty Rebels takes place at the West Coast Os­trich Ranch, Van Schoors­drif Road, Philadel­phia (off N7, about 25km from Cape Town) from noon till mid­night next Satur­day. The dirt track will be open from noon till 5pm. Tick­ets are R200 (over-18s) on­line at www.dustyrebel­sandthe­bomb­shells. co.za/tick­ets or R250 at the gate. Overnight camp­ing is avail­able.

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