Music Festival Review: Corona Sunset

From midday till the sun set, Corona Sunsets had its crowds enjoying a solid good vibe in the sweltering heat of Cape Town.

When described, Corona Sunsets is about bringing “to life the transformative moment of sunset through music and culture, and Corona invites their fans to enjoy life and raise a bottle as the sun goes down – an uplifting and transformational moment when day fades to night and new possibilities appear on the horizon.”

Basically, another excuse to enjoy tunes among good-looking folk during the festive season, while getting absolutely shitfaced. The End!

I’m not a beer drinker myself – and only know the Corona name thanks to the Fast & The Furious film franchise – but I’m always keen for a nice time. My leave from work began on the 15th, and I spent the morning of the 16th recovering from a bender the previous night. My buddy Juliet seems to know all the tricks to week-long partying, and specifically: pepping oneself up before a jol. A handful of vitamin boosters, a bottle of Lucozade, and a greasy plate full of Indian butter chicken and rice, and we were 3/4 of the way into feling fully human and being entirely ready for Corona Sunsets.

Thanks to #UberSummer , we sped to Clifton beach for the event, which had resulted in massive traffic gridlock from Table Mountain right up into Camps Bay; and subsequently initiated a fashion parade as beachside attendees walked towards The Bungalow, sporting EVERY single trend from this season, in true music festival style.

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I’ve gotta say, I don’t think I’ve ever attended a music festival that’s entirely my vibe – the North Sea Jazz Festival being the last festival I attended. However, I’m now wholly aware that this kinda music fest, is soooo my vibe. Repetitive music beats like those found in house and trance songs, usually annoys me, but because I can soak in the ambiance of the festival location, as well as people-watch and drink, while browsing scattered stalls, I didn’t mind any of the other monotonous music playing.

I’m a fan of the SA band Goodluck, and thoroughly enjoyed their set above the others. They gave me all the hits of theirs that I liked, in addition to squeezing in a killer iconic house track, and the clincher? A remixed but fantastic trancy version of Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc”. cue swoon

Only other artists I was excited about, were: Sketchy Bongo, Kyle Deutsch, Shekinah Live and Crazy White Boy, who brought the most with their sets.

The full set-list read as:

12:00 – 12:45PM – Dj Low
12:45 – 13:05PM  – Cara Frew Live
13:10 – 13:50PM – Tresor Live
13:55 – 14:40PM – Sketchy Bongo, Aewon Wolf, Kyle Deutsch, Shekinah Live
14:45 – 15:30PM – Good Luck Live
15:30 – 16:15PM – Crazy White Boy Live
16:15 – 17:15PM – Vimo & Chunda Munki
17:15 – 18:10PM – Strange Loving
18:10 – 19:05PM – Kyle Watson
19:05 – 19:50PM – Timo ODV
20:00 – 21:00PM – Sam Feldt
21:00 – 22:00PM – Nora En Pure
22:00 – 23:00PM – Duke Dumont

In between the sweating and the fashionable festival revelry, there was food

hmmmm all of the food (**,)

 

Shelter from the sun was hard to come by, so J and I decided to #UberSummer our way to Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay for a reprieve. I get how branding wise, you could just limit your festival attendees to your brand of beer, but there literally was no other options for people besides ice-lollies, water or Corona-based drinks…which gets totes magotes tedious after a while, so MOJITOS elsewhere, were a must.

All-in-all, I give Corona Sunsets Music Festival a solid 6/10 – would recommend.

I’d attend it again, perhaps if I get better access to the talent I was promised by the PR & Marketing folk, that I could interview; and access to a sliver of comfortable shelter, and tastier booze.

Corona tastes a bit like watered down beer and cider :/

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