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Synergy Live 2013: The Local Line-Up

Last week I provided you with a brief overview of the headliners for this year’s Synergy Live.

Today I decided to take a closer look at the local line-up and how Synergy Live, like Oppikoppi, really got it spot on in terms of diversity.

Synergy’s draw card this year is the incredibly strong and eclectic acts which are spread across four stages. For the purpose of continuity let’s focus on the Main Stage, coz lawd knows I’m not going to be spending much time at that pseudo beach bar.

With the LMG stage no more, the Main Stage has picked up some of the young guns including Al Bairre, Lucy Kruger, Momentss and my favourites, Aztec Sapphire. They’ve also gotten the balance between the established (Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, CrashCarBurn) and the radio-friendly (Gangs Of Ballet, The Plastics, Shortstraw) quite right.

Also, high five to them for being the only bigger festival this year to include Zebra & Giraffe and aKING on their line-up. It’s a real mind-number why these two acts haven’t graced more festival stages – especially Zebra & Giraffe when you take into account their SAMA-winning gem of an album “The Wisest Ones”. aKING are currently in studio so here’s hoping we’ll get treated to some new material too.

Red Bull Studio Live’s line-up also boasts some great young guns (Gateway Drugs, Leechi, Daddy Warbucks) while still packing a punch where their draw-card acts are concerned (Haezer, PHfat, Richard The Third). Now all they need is to bring Drop The Lime back and you’d have the best Red Bull Studio Live line-up of any festival this year.

Last year at Synergy I was there for 4 hours before I fell into a ditch and was a cripple for the rest of the fest. This year I look forward to being fully mobile and checking out the whole of what Theewaterskloof has to offer.

Check out the full line-up for Cape Town and Jozi.