Fighting the good fight: Blood Brothers 2018 in review

Article and photos by  Ricardo Teixeira.

Blood Brothers 2018 hosted an impressive line-up at Platteland in Centurion on 29 September.

Fans came crowding in as doors opened, grabbing drinks and Pringles while awaiting the first act. With Redrock Breweries sponsoring the event, there were plenty of fans appreciating their range, and one lucky attendee walked away with a year’s supply of Redrock beer.

Hellcats came on stage at 20:30 to start the show with a bang. Their unique sound boomed through the venue, and soon people flocked to the stage, rocking out. Hellcats’ guitarist Warwick Rautenbach and drummer Alessandro Benigno put on an amazing show, but also reminding the crowd about Blood Brothers’ cause, supporting the Vrede Foundation. “Cancer f***ing sucks,” Rautenbach concluded after speaking about the Vrede Foundation.

With fans chanting his name, next on stage was local rock legend Francois Van Coke, performing alongside Jaco Mans and Jedd Kossew with their impressive guitar skills, Chris van der Walt rocking on bass and Jason Oosthuizen on drums. The group rocked the venue with a cover of Metallica’s “Whiskey in a Jar” (a personal favourite). With his usual electric stage presence, Van Coke also leaped off the stage for a quick crowd surf during the song. Van Coke even had the crowd singing with him during his performance.

Laudo Liebenberg was next on stage, taking over from Van Coke. With Laudo adding fuel to the fire, the venue was packed, making it a challenge to get out to the bar. Soon the amazing Adelle Nqeto and Ard Matthews took to the stage. Nqeto’s unique voice flew through the venue, taking turns with Matthews as they sang together. Matthews picked up his guitar and lead a song as the lights dimmed, with the crowd still going.

Hanu De Jong was up next, putting on a show of his own. The crowd cheered, still full of energy. At the end of the show, the evening was totally awesome and supported a truly great cause.