Published on March 23rd, 2013 | by Scream0
RAMfest 2013 Review!
By Haylin Hunter Since 2007 RAMfest has been bringing us some great international bands. Among these are names like In Flames, Infected Mushroom, AWOLNATION, Alkaline Trio, and Funeral for a Friend. And this year was no exception. RAMfest ’13 had four amazing stages: The Red Heart Main Stage, The Monster Energy Alternative stage, The Olmeca Electro stage, and The Boom stage. It was the perfect platform for some world class entertainment. Add to this the camping, food stalls, good company, and affordable drinks, and you have the makings of a truly epic weekend. Some of the big international names we saw this year were the likes of The Inspector Cluzo (FRA), Pendulum & Verse (UK & AUS), Bring Me the Horizon (UK), and of course, Rise Against (USA). This was complimented by some of the well-known local names like Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Fuzigish, and Woodstock Mafia. And of course plenty of other up and coming bands like Haggis and Bong (PTA), Bleeding Spawn (MP), Facing the Gallows (JHB), Pestroy (JHB), and from our own Cape Town, we had bands like …ING, Megalodon, Stellitius, Wildernessking, Marching Dead, and much, much more! Apart from the exceptional line-up of bands and DJs, RAMfest offered other great attractions as well. Monster Energy had set up a great Freestyle Motocross ramp where we got to see some ballsy bikers hurtling through the air while doing some sic stunts! The Black Orchid Burlesque Group also made a rather hot appearance, showing off their fire-dancing skills! They even made a sizzling surprise appearance during Stellitius’s set. If you found yourself around the Boom stage each morning, you could start the day off with a laugh by catching the comedy hour, or you could always chill out in a hammock at the Lipton beach or even take a dip in the river to cool off. There was always something to do. Unfortunately, there were no fires allowed in the camp site, unless you made your way to the Metal Braai area, where you were more than welcome to chuck some meat on the fire, or just chill and listen to some good metal coming from the DJ’s tent. There were plenty of stalls, selling all the usual festival foods, pizzas, burgers, schwarmas, wraps, biltong etc. A coffee bar made sure all the caffeine addicts were kept happy, although there were some complaints about the length of the queue each morning. And there were also stalls selling clothing and other merchandise. On the whole, everything seemed to be well planned and thought out; they even had lockers that you could charge your cell phones in, as well as the usual facilities such as a medic tent, security, information, and so on. The only downside of the festival was a few problems with the ablution facilities. They advertised “hot showers” but I think they grossly underestimated the amount of patrons needing these “hot showers”. The other issue was that they seemed to be having problems with a bit of flooding in the bathrooms during the peak shower hours! They did seem to do their best to fix this problem though. I think RamFest 2013 was a huge success, and I have heard a lot of festival-goers say the same. Well done to the organizers, the bands, the fans, and all the others who were involved in making this such an epic event. We at Headbang Today salute you all m/