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Hellcats return to the stage for the first time since lockdown with an energetic live stream from Audio Militia

I’ve been very lucky to cover some incredible live streams recently, namely Bittereinder and Black Cat Bones, so when I saw that the Hellcats were doing one at Audio Militia in Randburg, the same place they recorded their debut album, I immediately put my hand up.

I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the studios because it’s kitted out to the nines and there were a great group of people there. Apart from the band and the Audio Militia guys going through all their preparations, photographer Andre Badenhorst was setting up additional lighting, Frans Karoo was shooting video footage, and Andre van der Sandt had installed the coolest lightning prop he made exclusively for the show.

It’s difficult to describe just how great the live recording was but in truth, it was almost as good as the production on Hellcats’ banging SAMA-nominated album.

Have you ever wished that you could get your favourite band playing in a small room just for you? Well, that was me. The video cameras were operated from outside the studio, so it was just me and the band in that small space for more than an hour of pure, unadulterated rock and roll magic.

Everybody that saw the live stream will agree that it was everything we’ve come to expect from the Hellcats, and more – the intensity, the passion, and of course, the banter.

The Robfather also deserves a huge shout out for setting the mood before and after the show, with the best rock tunes, all the way from Cape Town. I even saw George van der Spuy from Taxi Violence rocking out on the live stream, so it must have been a jol.

For everyone who missed the live stream you’re in luck, the band have made it available on Video On Demand and tickets are R40 a pop which you can purchase here.

Check out a few of my pics below, get amped and do the right thing and watch this video.