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BLUE MOON PRESENTS: OBIKWA SPRING DAY FAMILY PICNIC, 01 SEPTEMBER 2013

On Sunday, 1 September 2013, Blue Moon hosted their annual Spring Day Family Picnic with Obikwa wines as the exclusive sponsor for the day. The picnic was attended by approx. 450 guests

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The music had an acoustic vibe and some of South Africa’s top artists in this genre were on the line-up. Jeremy Loops, Tailor, Matthew Mole and Nakhane Toure amazed the crowd with their music. The Casterbridge Music Development Academy also featured one of their young bands, Cosmic River, who opened up the show.

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All patrons over 18 received a coupon for a free tasting of the 8 types of wine Obikwa had on offer.

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The artists threw some Obikwa Water Bottles, T-Shirts and Caps from the stage and each and every Blue Moon staff member wore an Obikwa shirt for the day.

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The Spring Day Family Picnic was a wonderful success all round.  With perfect weather, families with young kids and even their dogs, made themselves comfortable in the amphitheatre on their blankets under the Obikwa umbrellas. Good music, good food and great wine, the perfect way to kick-start spring!!

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A NEW NAME, A LOST FOLLOWING?

If a band changes their name and tweaks their sound, is it a given that they will lose some of their following?

Why do you do this to me everytiiiime?”- We all know this song as local band ISO’s Everytime
, but did you know the band before they were known as ISO and before their once very indie sound was changed to a more electronic and ‘Skrillex’-like sound?

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ISO is a new face to former ISOCHRONOUS  with a fan base of hard-core indie lovers and with the hit favourites ‘Tempest’ and ‘Beauty Queen’, ISOCHRONOUS included some of the most talented musicians South Africa has to offer.

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In order to keep up with the new electronic music trends, ISO have provided us with a unique South African act. Without leaving their smaller fan base behind they have now ensured mass market appeal and broadened their fan base by going in an electronic direction. If you are a diehard-indie fan then the older ISOCHRONOUS songs are perfect for you and if you prefer the current trends in electronic music then the new ISO hits will appeal to you.dsd_6706

photo source: http://isochronous.net/site/gallery/?album=2&gallery=25

ISO is now a band that brings two people from totally different worlds together and makes their hearts swell with love and pride for South African music. I believe that this change was for the better.

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photo source: http://isochronous.net/site/gallery/?album=2&gallery=18

Look out for their new album ‘Piece by Piece’ and keep an eye open on Blue Moon Nelspruit’s facebook page for the dates of when ISO will be playing in Nelspruit again.

Blue Moon’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bluemoonnelspruit

Blue Moon’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/nelsbluemoon

ISO’s Website: http://isochronous.net/site/band/

ISO’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/iso.official?fref=ts

For future Blue Moon Events keep a look out at the Blue Moon Program:https://bluemoonsa.com/program/


Who is Jeremy Loops?

By Marley van Wetten

Most people have been to Cape Town but not everyone has been to Kommetjie (Afrikaans for “small basin,”), a small suburb of Cape Town. It’s smaller than White River to give the Lowvelder an idea but it’s an excellent place for surfers. Out of Kommetjie came a young man, a musician never the less that started making music when he was working on yacht. With a guitar and a loop pedal he started to record some jams, making notes and in general just made music.

He never intended to be a musician and his first gig was at Assembly (Cape Town) for a Greenpop celebration part but one thing was for certain, his tunes are catchy. Soon Jeremy Loops (not his real surname) became a little more well known, busking in and around Cape Town or while bringing his actual day time job of Greenpop (a tree planting project for Zambia and a few other places) to its feet with 2 friends. Now a few years down the line and a handful of festivals later Jeremy is quickly growing into a house hold name.

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Anyone who listens to 5FM in recent weeks might have heard this happy song called Power or maybe you don’t and need me to explain it to you. Now Jeremy music will make your feet move, doesn’t matter if you know him or not. The next thing you know it will get stuck in your head, his tunes of course. First time I saw him was at Up The Creek  (a music festival in Swellendam, Western Cape), the crowd was small and I didn’t know his music from a bar of soap but there he was. And it bit me, the “Loops Fever bug” – what a fantastic thing it was. Of course 3 years later, 2 EP’s, about ± 7 festivals and three international tours later mister Loops songs are making waves.

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I wouldn’t label his music as hippy, I would label it as happy, foot stomping, good anywhere music. It reminds me of sunshine after a week of rain of swimming in the Breede River with a Titanic in hand and Jeremy’s laugh. One which he shares on stage with Motheo Moleko (the cool cat rapper) and Jamie  Faull (a real Swingsetter) on saxophone. “Power” is not his first song Mission to the sun (Howling)”  was the first I would say was a YouTube hit. It played on MK and Jeremy was voted the Best Solo artist at the MK Awards this year and that is purely public voting. And Jeremy he makes music with a baby’s toy, guitar, banjo, harmonica, his own beat boxing, his feet, his hands and at his shows he loves using the crowd to help make some noise. Oh yes and did I mention this all goes onto a loop pedal machine ?That is like one whole band in one device without band politics.

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Jeremy will be making his first trip ever to Nelspruit (aka Nelsparta) on the 1st of September 2013. You can’t afford to miss this guy, you really would miss out. Make a mission to the Blue Moon for some Spring sunshine, come see how beautiful the valley and the mountains are during daytime hours.

“Cause you so cool how you gonna be in my shoes? You so cool”

Jeremy’s Facebook page

Jeremy’s Sound Cloud page

Blue Moon Facebook page

For more blogs by Marlet van Wetten visit Small Town Music


TAILOR LIVE AT INNIBOS 2013

When news hit the street that Tailor would be performing at the MK Sage with Innibos this year, I did my geeky happy dance. I mean Tailor, in my hometown, my Innibos 2013 experience was set out to be amazing! Wednesday night arrived and the whole day was filled with getting word around to be at the MK stage at 20:00 sharp. An act that should not be missed will be on.

With a surprisingly large crowd for such a new up and coming act, Tailor’s voice rang through the air and everyone’s attention was immediately on her. Awestruck faces where planted on the stage and every note she sang was soaked up by fans made there and then. With every note perfectly on key, ever guitar strum played with such enthusiasm and all the sounds meeting each other in perfect harmony to create what might be South Africa’s finest duo. With ‘Shaped like a gun’, the fans who were watching her for the first time didn’t know what to expect when she put down the drumsticks and tambourine and sat down on one of the speakers facing the crowd. And then they heard it. A song so filled with emotion that one could not listen to it with feeling the pain and misery her voice rang with. Ladies becoming teary-eyed and men hardly blinking, Tailor shared the audience with her most raw and beautiful song.

Keep an eye out on local festival line-ups, as Tailor will be making major waves with events to come!

Also keep an eye out on Blue Moon Nelspruit’s Facebook page, as there will be an event in months to come featuring this amazing and pure act. (Suné Halderman)Image


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TAILOR: A ‘WOLF’ BETWEEN THE SHEEP

Many people search for great music overseas. Not having the faith in our local South African artists and then becoming fans of over commercialised music which they don’t truly enjoy.
It’s pointless searching for great music overseas. There are millions of amazing acts, don’t get me wrong, but why support them when you have local acts that are equally amazing, maybe even more so right here under your nose?
Tailor is one of those acts. With her raspy voice and perfectly-tuned notes she is the Janis Joplin of South Africa. Suddenly entering our music scene unannounced she has proven that great quality music will always be the preferred. When first heard, you don’t quite know whether you fancy her deep and emotional lyrics, but when you hit ‘replay’ you immediately fall in love. Her CD will be on replay in your car for weeks if not months on end. Her live performances will leave you teary-eyed and touched but most importantly her lyrics will speak to you and comfort you in times of need.
‘Wolf’, the song that made many South Africans open their hearts to her, is not your usual music video. It’s setup in a forest with her singing in a bathtub a lot and wearing a wolf mask while running from something – it’s different and alternative which shows us why it was nominated for an MK Award for Best Video.
Whether it’s indie you’re a fan of or whether you’re always on the lookout for unusual artists, Tailor should be on the top of your list for acts to look out for. (Suné Halderman)