Beer festival saved by the music

 

Mohalenyane Phakela

THE second edition of the annual Kome Caves Beer and Glamping Festival failed to reach last year’s heights as there was no wide variety of beers, ales, stouts and lagers for which the fete has become renowned.

Scores of revelers from all the 10 districts of the country and beyond Lesotho’s borders had made their way to the much anticipated festival which was held from Friday till Sunday.

Apart from offering diverse types of beer, the festival also offered many outdoor activities such as horse-riding, quad-biking, extreme paintball, archery target shooting and cave tours among others.

However, the standout feature of the festival  has been the wide variety of beers, ales, stouts and lagers which were available in the inaugural edition. Unfortunately, this time around there was only a limited variety of beers which mostly consisted of mainstream brands such as Castle Lite, Flying Fish, Black Label and Castle. Conspicuous by its absence was Lesotho’s own Maluti Premium Lager which, ironically, was the sole sponsor of the event.

As if to make up for the dearth of beer variety, the star-studded line-up of performers from different parts of the world made the second annual Kome Beer Festival one not to be forgotten.

The headline act, American House trio Tortured Soul, gave an outstanding performance that left many fans awestruck. They showed revelers that House deejays don’t have to be cooped up behind the booth but can also entertain the crowd. Some of the songs they performed include At The Bottom, Another Lover and Unsteady with John-Christian Urich, who is the group’s principal songwriter, simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery and complemented bt keyboardist Ethan White and bassist Jordan Scannella.

The rest of the line-up did not disappoint either. Mozambique-South African band 340ml once again had the crowd eating of their hands owing to their mind-blowing sound, while the masked, DJ Invizable, stole the show with his never before seen dancing skills and his blending of electro songs behind the decks. The likes of Ms Kelle, Kolu Jazz Band, Dub Cousins, Marimba Band, Gran’mah also gave a good account of themselves.

Meanwhile, D2amajoe made a unique entrance on the stage by launching into a performance before introducing themselves, showing with their versatility why they are among Lesotho’s finest.

 

 

 

 

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