Moenie ‘n Mielie Kielie Nie – Mieliepop 2017 in Review
Mieliepop is a festival known for its beautiful views, relaxed atmosphere, interesting attendees and, of course, excellent local music. This year, our editor was lucky enough to be able to attend the festival for the first time. Here is her experience:
Day 1 – Friday, 17 March
After our own personal car troubles and interesting adventure into the festival grounds (we were towed to our campsite by a friendly bystander), we were able to set up camp, enjoy some of the top-class food on sale at the festival, and enjoy the amazing sets on the bar floor provided by Catherine Grenfell, Lil Bow, Rumswinger and Half ‘n Half.
Day 2 – Saturday, 18 March
As the sun rose, we were amazed by how beautiful the scenery at Tolderia Resort really is. The band/media camp was situated right next to a sparkling river, and we soon boarded the Savanna Comedy Boat to explore the river while having a laugh in the process. Adelle Nqeto opened up the main stage at the festival later that afternoon, relaxing the crowd and getting them ready for the rest of the evening’s music. Later in the evening, Majozi’s simplistic, yet striking performance had the crowd singing along and cheering for more – the set even included an impromptu guest performance by Missu. This was followed by Gerlad Clark’s skilled blues performance on the Willow Tree Stage.
As the evening grew late, the incomparable Hot Water Duo warmed up the main stage with an electrifying, vibrant set – setting the stage for the highly anticipated performance of Desmond and the Tutus, who wowed the audience with hits like “Youth Group Leader”, “Teenagers”, “Zim Zala Bim” and the crowd favourite, “Pretoria Girls” – interspersed with excerpts from Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, with comedian Robby Collins on “guest” vocals.
Day 3 – Sunday, 19 March
Sunday was cold and dark clouds gathered over the festival, but even with the threat of impending rain overhead, the festivalgoers were not about to be repelled from the day’s activities. After enjoying performances by the likes of Madlove and Night Vision at the pool stage, the rest of our afternoon was spent hiking around the festival grounds, taking in the resort’s picturesque views.
The breezy afternoon was the perfect backdrop for a relaxed set by local reggae act Tidal Waves, who soothed listeners with their personal brand of “original music for original people”. The band performed songs like “Kia Ora”, “Happy Man” and their splendid cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” as part of their set.
The late afternoon and early evening was filled with sounds from Naming James, Hellcats, Academie and dream-noise duo Medicine Boy. Grassy Spark’s eclectic set drew a massive crowd and this diverse group of talented musicians did not disappoint. The final acts to grace the main stage for the evening were local music legends Fuzigish, who delivered an energetic, animated set, and SA’s most dynamic DJ, Haezer (we would like to thank him and Dom for letting us charge our phones in their chalet when we wandered in there by accident, by the way).
Day 4 – Monday, 20 March
The day’s weather was pleasant, which made it all the more sad to think that we would have to leave the scenic Lothair behind us soon. Before we hit the road, however (towed away once again), we were able to head back to the pool and dance to the sounds of Kid Robot and Rebel Clef, before making our way to the Willow Tree Stage to listen to Vasco Bromada, and the dapper sounds of The Dandies. The candid sounds of Yo Grapes rang through the air as our tow arrived, and we struck camp feeling that we would miss this eclectic festival. Plans were already made to attend Mieliepop 2018 on the dusty road home.