It’s been a minute!
Sorry for what has been the longest ever hiatus from this blog! Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing some throwback posts to update you all on what I’ve been up to. 😊 Today’s post will be the first.
A few months ago, my sister, Gloria, our friend, Gabby, and I got to see Desmond and the Tutus perform live at The Banquet! I don’t think getting to see your favourite band in the flesh, and hearing their music in a way that your earphones don’t do justice, will ever get old.
The Banquet is a monthly social event here in Port Elizabeth open to everyone over 18, to come together and celebrate PE’s artisanal culture. We’re talking fashion, art, food, and drinks – the works!
When we arrived we did a little walk around and watched a few of the artists showcase their work. Next was time to scope out the food, of course! Il Gelato was selling their famous home-made ice-cream in bubble waffle cones. To die for!
It wasn’t long before Desmond and the Tutus took the stage, and lemme tell you, it was, without a doubt, the most unique concert experience I’ve ever had, and probably ever will have in my entire life.
For all of you who aren’t familiar with these larger-than-life musicians, Desmond and the Tutus are a South African indie-rock band that hails from Pretoria. What immediately drew me to their sound, was the retro feel of their music, and the upbeat personalities of its members, Shane Durrant, Craig Durrant and Doug Bower.
Their music and their videos didn’t come off as them trying too hard or taking themselves too serious. They looked and sounded like they were having the time of their lives, just being themselves, and trying to get their listeners to feel that way too. Their presence is a special mix between fun antics and feel-good-tunes that have you wanting to jump into a swimming pool fully clothed or throw your hands up in the air and dance with reckless abandon no matter who’s watching.
Lead singer Shane Durrant has the most expressive face I’ve ever seen 😂 He puts the FORM in performance! The energy he and the rest of the band gave to the audience was unlike any other show I’ve seen. When Shane actually came down into the audience to interact with everyone (more like coerce those who were brave enough, to sing and dance along with him, lol) I started to question how something so cool could even be real.
A lot of musicians fall short, sound-wise, when performing live compared to the auto-tuned versions of their songs (understandably so, I mean you can’t be expected to compete with what’s been digitally edited to perfection), but Desmond and The Tutus sounded just as good. Heck, even better! I’ll leave links to the music videos of some of the songs they performed that night so you can try to imagine what it was like being there.
We had the best time, and the rest of the audience loved every bit of it too. If you’re an avid concert goer, you have to see these guys perform live at least once in your lifetime. And I do mean HAVE to!! So get your claw hand ready for the next time they’re in town, and if you don’t know what that is already, then you’ll find out when you go. Happy concert-going!