Do you ever have one of those pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming moments in your life that don’t feel real? That was last night for me.
Yesterday morning, my sister Gloria won two VIP tickets to see Jeremy Loops live in concert on the Port Elizabeth stop of his Golden Waves tour, and lucky me got to be her plus one!! The giveaway was hosted by blogger Amanda Klaas and Radisson Blu Hotel.
After getting a phonecall from Lesley from Radisson Blu that morning on where to pick up the tickets, we then had the opportunity to visit the hotel for the first time ever that afternoon to pick them up. Lesley was so lovely and welcoming, and we were so warmly received. I’m pretty sure that under the definition of luxury in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Radisson Blu there! What a place!
After a few pictures and receiving a bottle of The Duchess alcohol-free G&T as a gift, we were off.
After a nice catch-up with our friend Gift that afternoon, we were then back home to quickly prepare for the night ahead.
For those of you who may not know who he is, Jeremy Loops is a South African musician who hails from Kommetjie, a small town near Cape Town in the Western Cape. His sound is often described as modern-day folk, and some of his most popular songs include Down South, Waves and Gold.
The concert started at 7pm with musicans ‘The Lucas Reunion’ pumping up the crowd with covers of popular rock hits (i.e Mr Brightside by The Killers). They did such an amazing job of keeping everyone’s energy and excitement levels up!
We also spent some time in the VIP area when we arrived and got free drinks…
Thanks to the fact that we got our wrist-bands in advance, we didn’t even have to wait in line when we arrived. The line outside literally stretched all the way down the road, so we were saved from having to endure a long wait outside in the cold winter weather.
Gloria and I got to be up-front and centre, and I still can’t even believe how close to the front we were. I can definitely see why people invest in getting VIP tickets when seeing an artist live, the whole experience is soooo worth it.
The moment we’d all been waiting for…
I honestly don’t even have the words to describe how amazing the concerts was, and how unreal the entire experience turned out to be. Jeremy and the rest of the band (bass guitarist Mr Sakitumi, drummer Devin Jones, saxophonist Hiram Koopman and rapper Motheo Moleko) were PHENOMENAL, I was blown away. They really put on quite a show.
They just looked like they were having the time of their lives up there performing, and it made the whole experience that much sweeter. It’s just so inspiring getting to people do what they love, and do it so enthusiastically with everything that they’ve got.
And its not everyday that you get to see a musician loop the way Jeremy does, or play the harmonica and the guitar at the same tiiimeeee!!
Every single song was performed so well, and I love how the band interacted with the audience and made us feel so included.
Although I’d only listened to it a couple times prior to attending the concert, one of the songs I absolutely LOVED hearing live most, was ‘Freak’. The vibe it created was peeerfect for the night, and the super-charged energy of everyone within the venue.
The moment when these sparklers shot up from the stage during ‘Down South’ felt like something out of a movie…
I never thought I’d ever get to see someone who I’ve been following on and off for years now, and whose songs are on my cellphone, live and in-person.
The crowd went crazy that night, and the energy that that they showed proved that the people of PE are so worth making a tour stop for.
So, so many musicians never even bother to consider Port Elizabeth as a stop for concert tours, so it means so much that Jeremy often makes a point to give PE a visit.
A huge thank-you to my sister Gloria for taking me as her plus one! And to Radisson Blu for the VIP tickets. It was an experience that I won’t soon forget.