Crash Test Dummies rock Pretoria

On Sunday, 18 February, the audience at the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria was wooed by the sultry sounds of Canadian rock legends Crash Test Dummies. It was a warm day filled with family-friendly activities. picnics and top-class music.

First on stage was eclectic act Adventure Man, who delivered a relaxed set. They performed tracks like “Escape the Mall”, “Clumsy” and “Let’s Stay Home”, preparing the crowd for the rest of the excellent musical acts that lay ahead.

Adventure Man. Photo by Elmarie Kruger.

Next up were the energetic and charismatic Bed on Bricks. The band played crowd favourites like “Humanarium”, “Funny” and “What You Got”. The band’s set was electric and had the crowd in awe of their range and musical prowess.

Bed on Bricks. Photo by Elmarie Kruger.

Local favourites aKing were very well-received by the crowd. Their set included many old favourites that had the audience singing along instantly. It is always a special moment when one can hear a crowd sing along to iconic tracks like “Guilty as Sin”, “Against All Odds” and of course, “Safe as Houses”.

aKing. Photo by Elmarie Kruger.

Celebrating over two decades in the music industry, Wonderboom rocked the crowd with old and new hits alike, including “Africa”, “Southern Light”, “Never Ever Ever Ever” and “Ooh La La”.

Wonderboom. Photo by Elmarie Kruger.

Vibrations of excitement rippled through the crowd as Crash Test Dummies started their long-awaited performance. As the sun set, singer Brad Roberts, helped by host of talented local musicians, performed nostalgic tracks that delighted the audience. The set included the tracks “Androgynous”, “Swimming in Your Ocean”, “God Shuffled His Feet” and the iconic “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”.

Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies. Photo by Elmarie Kruger.

Crash Test Dummies’ second visit to SA since 1995 was certainly memorable, and was clearly a wistful experience for many. The afternoon turned out to be an inter-generational experience, and one that linked South Africans together through music.

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